It will often be very difficult to recapture the true beauty of one’s handmade jewellery in an electronic photograph, especially since many jewellery pieces are created with shiny gemstones, pearls or crystals that reflect light back into the camera lens. The simple answer to resolve this problem is to direct light on your display area from all areas equally and remove the’flash’feature from your digital camera. From personal experience, the most effective setup to do this is always to use approximately 3-4’halogen lamps’or’day light bulbs ‘. This can allow for adequate lighting from all angles that you want to take your photo from without counting on the glare-inducing flash of the camera.
For probably the most professional looking pictures, it’s imperative to display your jewellery on either a stylish background or a universally plain photo jewellery white background. Backgrounds with uneven gradients, ugly colours or unattractive designs are extremely off-putting to potential customers and will likely cause them to dismiss the idea of buying from you.
I’ll 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 display them on a stylish backdrop. There are lots of variants to the idea.
My own favourite is always to setup a well-lit flat surface (as described before) with an attractive cloth as the backdrop. I would personally advise using a material such as for instance purple velvet helping to make for a far more luxurious vibe in the ultimate picture.
Other ideas for professional, attractive backdrops include: a) displaying your jewellery on mannequins/smaller replica parts of the body such as a busts or even b) using real female models (if you are able to afford one or even know someone attractive enough to pass as one!).
Method 2: For many who are much more technologically-adept, I would advise taking’stock image’type photographs with white backgrounds. That is achieved by using a small canvas photography tent. These can be bought as an equipment 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 should get a near perfectly white background in your photo.
All that is left to complete after having a photo this way is to utilize a digital editing program such Adobe Photoshop or if your budget is smaller, value programmes such as for instance Microsoft Digital Image Suite (approximately £30-£40) is going to do exactly the same job, to edit out the uneven gradient by either painting over the required aspects of the background with’white paint’or using a background removal tool.