How to Take Good Pictures of Jewelry: I am an avid jewelry collector and I have always wondered how to take good pictures of my jewelry. It’s not as easy as you might think, but once you know how it really is a lot easier! Here are some tips on how to make your photos look professional and how to avoid common mistakes that people make when photographing their jewelry.
Jewelry is an important part of life for many people. It doesn’t matter how old you are or what your occupation, jewelry has a way of enhancing the look and feel of an outfit. One thing that some people may not think about when they are ready to take pictures of their jewelry is how to make sure that the pictures turn out great. This article will be going over how to take good pictures of jewelry!
How to Take Good Pictures of Jewelry
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Using Natural Lights
Use natural light whenever possible. This is probably the most important thing when taking pictures of any kind, but especially when photographing jewelry. The reason being is that you want your jewelry to look as good as possible under any light conditions, e.g. low light your work will not be lit up enough; direct light harsh shadows, and the wrong kind of reflections.
Lighting is Everything
Artificial lighting can create dark, murky photos that are just all wrong, even if you have the perfect backdrop/container for them to sit in. This is why using natural light is key it’s free and it always creates the best lighting conditions. If you are taking your photos indoors, try to do so near a window.
Use a Tripod
Use a tripod if you have one. This will help to keep your camera steady, especially if you are using a slower shutter speed in order to capture more light. jewelry is delicate and you don’t want any blurry photos!
Use the Macro Setting on Your Camera
This will help to get close-ups of your jewelry, which is often what you want in order to show off the details.
Play Around with Angles
Just like with lighting, you want to avoid having your jewelry at the wrong angle where it may look strange or unrecognizable.
Think about What You Are Photographing!
This is probably something I need to think more about, but I have had some trouble in the past with photographing my jewelry next to random things around my house, which ended up looking strange.
Edit Your Photos
Edit your photos for a professional look, if you can! If your pictures aren’t turning out quite the way you had hoped, try using some photo editing software to fix them up a bit and make them better looking(editing is not my strong point AT ALL so I am no expert here).
Clean Your Jewelry
This is a big one. Make sure that you give your items a good wipe-down to remove any dirt and oils from the skin, etc. Dust them off a bit before photographing them as well!
Try Not to Photograph Jewelry
Try not to photograph jewelry when it looks bad. I have noticed this in myself lately when I have not been feeling too great – my jewelry just doesn’t look as good as it usually does. This is something you want to avoid if possible because it will show in your photos.
Thank you for reading! I hope that this article was helpful in giving you some tips on how to take good pictures of your own jewelry. Remember to use natural light whenever possible, and to play around with different angles to find the best look for your jewelry. Happy photographing! You can also use lightboxes for your jewelry photography to get better results.
Note: Interested to know about Jewelry Photography Lighting Setup? Read here.