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Saturday, June 30, 2012

Shooting Jewelry on a Budget

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When it comes to photographing jewelry, there are different approaches to consider with regards to how each particular piece will come across.

Your choice of background is one consideration. Another is whether or not to include props within your shots. Still another is establishing a lighting style that is either soft or higher in contrast.

This demonstration shows how softboxes can be configured to achieve various contrast levels when shooting jewelry.

(Click on any thumbnail image below for an enlarged view.)

Topics Covered:

  •     Setting up for high contrast
  •     Setting up for average contrast
  •     Setting up for soft lighting
  •     Filling in shadows with a 12" reflector

A Medium Starlite Kit was set up on the left side of the shooting table.

The front diffusion face and the inner baffle of the SilverDome soft box has been removed.

Figure 1

This shot shows our subject lit with the resulting high contrast light.

Figure 2

We added the inner baffle to soften up the light.

Figure 3

The result is a softer light that is lower in contrast.

Figure 4

We left the inner baffle in the soft box and added the front diffusion panel.

Figure 5

The light output is even softer here.

Figure 6

We placed a 12" LiteDisc reflector to the right of our subject. This will bounce light from the soft box into the shadow side of our set.

Figure 7

This shows a closer view of our reflector set up.

Figure 8

The shadows are now softer and brighter than before.

Figure 9


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On May 31, 2013 at 04:05 PM, Mel Mark said:

The First time I have seen something about how to shoot jewelry. Thanks for the help

On May 31, 2013 at 04:06 PM, Mel Mark said:

Thanks for the help shooting jewelry.

On August 18, 2013 at 05:49 AM, ana said:

      Adorei!Uma forma nova para mim de iluminar jóias.Obrigada pelas dicas.Vou usa-las
Ana Maria

On January 02, 2014 at 03:30 PM, Maya said:

Kabbalah jewelry can be purchased online in a store that is also called the Flower of Life Jewels.

Kabbalah jewelry

They have Kabbalah jewelry for courage, healing, happiness, creativity, love and success, and jewelry beauty, humility and abundance. Almost all divine values ​​practiced by the spiritual.

Kabalah, Kabbalah is translated as “receiving” and is a spiritual tradition in Jewish mysticism.

On February 04, 2014 at 06:36 AM, Pedro Bello said:

Thanks for the help.
And the rock is a great idea.

On March 06, 2015 at 01:17 AM, Amrith.de said:

Our Online Shop Amrith.de is equipped with Photoflex lightning equipment to produce photos for Schmuck, Halsketten, Armbänder und Ringe (jewelry). WE can very much recommend these products and thank you for this great lesson on professional lightning.

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