How to take great photos of your jewelry

As the 10-Day Jewelry Design Challenge kicks in, we’ve been seeing some great designs coming in already! One thing we want to do is make sure that everyone has a great experience in making their designs and even better, showing them off the best they can. It’s kind of anti-climactic if you’ve got some beautiful jewelry you’ve worked hard on to share but end up with photos that just don’t do it justice. So we thought we’d share some tips on how to best photograph your jewelry creations.

Our Design Genius – Dan, who’s made Instructables on lamps, holiday decorations and jewelry suggests the following:

*A photo of the jewelry on a plain background. It may also be good to have it from a few angles:

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*A photo of the jewelry on a person. This will give us context for the design.
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*Try avoid using the flash as this will wash out the photo.
*Use a tripod if possible and lots of natural light will give them the most accurate colors.

Here are some links that give some awesome advice on photographing products:

TableTopStudio Jewelry Photography Techniques and their Photo Tips page – Although they promote professional tools, they give the basics. There are also some good ideas to copy and improvise with such as making plain backdrops, etc.
Intro to Product Photography (for Instructables) – great step-by-step instructable on taking good photos of small to medium sized objects.

Learn Photography – this is also an Instructable on basic photography going over lighting and positioning.

Hope this helps. So remember, once the design is done, it ain’t over! Make sure you’ve got great photos to share and show off!

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5 Responses to “How to take great photos of your jewelry”

  1. sue Says:

    I thought to enter the competition we didn’t need to get our designs made?
    so we don’t need to take photographs

    Also are you going to announce the February competition winner to the world any time soon?

    Also as someone who takes photos of a lot of jewelery you don’t need anything complicated.
    good natural light a and white sheet can do amazing things.

    Just remember to use your macro function and optical zoom to the max

    if you must here is a very simple light box http://photodoto.com/create-your-own-light-box/

  2. sue Says:

    also sometime a flash can truly enhance a material
    and not all flash’s wash colours out
    so i always give it a try

  3. Gene Bowen Says:

    Smallest, lightest, easiest to use system for documentary jewelry photography is at http://www.blinkps.com.

  4. Steven Says:

    Thanks for the tips Sue. And you are right you don’t have to get your product made. These tips are for those who’ve gone to the trouble to do that for their Photos/images representing the final product that are required for entry to the open round.

    The winner of the February Competition will be announced very soon too!

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