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Product Photography – Photographing Jewelry Basics

Posted by on June 18, 2013

jewelry photographyJewelry is very challenging to photograph, due to its reflection of almost 100% of the light it receives. Jewelry items are highly polished and shine and if they contain diamonds and colored stones, the photographer’s job is even harder. Photographing jewelry may be compared with taking a picture of a mirror. Everything is being reflected: the camera, the lights, the table, the photographer. With new digital cameras, two problems might occur. When using a flash, the item will be over illuminated or under illuminated, washed out or with  uneven lightning and lots of dark areas. Seems impossible to overcome these issues. But, you have seen so many photos of diamond rings and luxurious sapphire earrings and you know there is a way to get the job done. What is the key to success? Enclosed lightning system. There are many reasons: wrapping even and balanced light around the entire piece of jewelry, even distribution of light, eliminating glare, illuminating those hard to reach spots and consistent natural lightning.

  • Use fluorescent daylight light, because natural light is able to accurately and evenly reproduce all colors found in jewelry items. Lightning for jewelry photography should contain continuous lightning in bottom, left and right panels of the box.
  • Light diffuser will evenly spread the light eliminating hot spots, reflections and shadows. So, expose the jewelry items to illuminate them through diffused lightning.
  • White balance is the most important element of successful jewelry photography. Even though cameras nowadays come with pre-program white balance options, you need at least one custom option. In other words, your camera should be able to read and self-adjust to take photos under many different lightning conditions. In case a camera is not able to self-adjust itself, you should pick the other one, if you want to avoid ending up with badly colored jewelry photos.