It can sometimes be quite difficult to recapture the real beauty of one’s handmade jewellery in a digital photograph, especially since many jewellery pieces are made with shiny gemstones, pearls or crystals that reflect light back into the camera lens. The straightforward answer to resolve this issue is to direct light onto your display area from all areas equally and eliminate the’flash’feature from your own digital camera. From personal experience, the very best setup to do this is always to use approximately 3-4’halogen lamps’or’day light bulbs ‘. This can enable adequate lighting from all angles that you want to take your photo from without counting on the glare-inducing flash of the camera.
For the absolute most professional looking pictures, it’s imperative to show your jewellery on either an attractive background or perhaps a universally plain photo jewellery white background. Backgrounds with uneven gradients, ugly colours or unattractive designs are very off-putting to potential customers and will likely cause them to dismiss the idea of buying from you.
I will briefly cover two solutions to producing photos of one’s jewellery with professional looking backgrounds:
Method 1: The simplest method for a professional looking background is to show them on an attractive backdrop. There are many variants to the idea.
My own favourite is always to setup a well-lit flat work surface (as described before) having an attractive cloth since the backdrop. I’d personally advise using a material such as purple velvet which makes for an even more luxurious vibe in the last picture.
Other ideas for professional, attractive backdrops include: a) displaying your jewellery on mannequins/smaller replica areas of the body such as a busts or even b) using real female models (if you can afford one or even know someone attractive enough to pass as you!).
Method 2: For many who are much more technologically-adept, I’d advise taking’stock image’type photographs with white backgrounds. This really is achieved with a small canvas photography tent. These can be bought as a system with usually 2 halogen lights for around £30 ($45) and are certainly worth this value. By shining these bright lights onto the plain white background in the mini-tent, you ought to obtain a near perfectly white background in your photo.
All that is left to accomplish after taking a photo this way is to utilize a digital editing program such Adobe Photoshop or if your allowance is smaller, value programmes such as Microsoft Digital Image Suite (approximately £30-£40) will do exactly the same job, to edit out the uneven gradient by either painting over the required areas of the backdrop with’white paint’or using a background removal tool.