Jewellery photography is a great way to show off your pieces, and it's also an excellent way of capturing the detail that can't be seen when viewing them in person. It can also be difficult to do well if you don't know what you're doing - but not anymore! In this post I will share my secrets for jewellery photography with you so that you too can show off your beautiful creations like a pro.
Jewellery photography depends on the type of jewellery you're photographing. The most important thing to consider when preparing your photos is what they will be used for. For example, if a potential customer or blog follower wants to know more about a specific ring design before ordering it online then their needs would be very different from someone browsing through photographs in an e-commerce environment who just want to see how the rings look and feel against human skin.
It's also worth considering whether you are using these images for personal use only (in which case lighting may not matter) or whether they need to appeal as well as possible to make money - in this instance good quality light really matters!
Diamonds are crystals with a cubic crystal system. The diamond's atoms align in an orderly, repeating pattern of tetrahedrons that stack on top of each other to form its shape. Diamonds have eight different faces: four planes and six corners; the only mineral to do this is quartzite.
Poor lighting is one of the most common mistakes when photographing jewellery. There is nothing worse than a photo that looks dark and dull, this can make an item look cheap or outdated even if it's actually well designed.
Reflections on the surface of jewellery can also be a problem which ruins photos. This is because they take away from what your eyes are naturally drawn to - so avoid reflective surfaces such as glass, reflective metal or overly shiny pieces of sterling silver.
If you do need reflections in your shots then it's advisable that you place them off-centre and try not to have too many at once! The best way around this issue completely is by photographing with natural light sources only; either window light or daylight outside, but if neither of these are available then an artificial one will suffice providing it isn't glaringly bright.
One big mistake people make is using the wrong colour in their photos. The most popular way to do this is by photographing with a white balance setting that's too warm, such as daylight instead of tungsten light bulbs or incandescent lights. This will result in your subject looking yellow and washed out, which ruins photos.
This can be avoided when you shoot indoors though because it's possible to use a filter on your camera lens so the colours are adjusted accordingly whilst still having natural-looking indoor lighting!
Another common way to ruin your jewellery photos is by not ensuring that they have a consistent image size.
Images should be cropped in such a way that every piece of the jewelry you are photographing has an equal amount of frame around it, or there is no empty space at either end. This means avoiding zooming all the way into an area and then cropping out the rest! It's also important to remember when shooting close up shots (macro) like this that keeping objects as symmetrical as possible will ensure both sides look good. If using different sizes for one side over another isn't desirable, try rotating them on their axes instead so each edge lines up with its corresponding object from behind - voila!
Backgrounds can be tricky to work with, and it's important not make mistakes that are too difficult or time consuming to fix. The best way to avoid this is by keeping the background consistent throughout your photo set-up - use one of these options: finding a blank wall in an area you already know has good lighting (or using white poster board for more control), having something on hand as a backdrop like clothing racks or even just towels draped over some chairs! Or try making your own backdrops out of paper hung from clothespins.
The best way to photograph jewellery is by using natural light. A good option for this would be the use of a window, but if your set-up doesn't work well with that, try setting up two lamps above one another and have them both pointed at the subject (this also offers better control over lighting). Place your camera on top of something sturdy so it's level with or slightly higher than eye-level; you want to feel like you could reach out and touch what you're photographing! Make sure not to include too much clutter around the edges - an empty space helps give focus to your product.
It's important to understand how different types of light will affect your jewellery and other products, as well as the quality of images you'll produce. How do I know what type of lighting setup is best? Choosing a good lighting set-up for photographing your jewellery relies on two factors - natural or artificial light, and the intensity (brightness) level needed in order to achieve an optimal result.
Natural Light: Natural light can be used without any additional equipment but should only be considered if there are windows present in the shooting space that offer ample sunlight during daylight hours. Great care must also be taken not to create glare by placing reflective surfaces near where you're capturing photos (this includes glass counters).
The best and most common way to photograph a ring is by placing it on a black backdrop. This avoids any distractions in the background or around the edge of your photo, which can be tricky with rings that are set up on white backgrounds as they will often look blurry due to reflections from light sources nearby. You should also avoid photographing against black surfaces when possible - this produces too much contrast and doesn't give you an accurate representation of how jewellery will appear online after editing.
TIf you're not already using Photoshop, or another editing software to retouch your photos before uploading them onto the web, it's a good idea to learn how. You'll be surprised at just how quickly and easily you can improve the quality of your photos with just some basic tools (and tutorials).