Need help photographing jewelry? Look no further, as we have lots of great articles here explaining the basics of photography as well as helpful tips on getting the best shots with the current set up you have!
So grab your favorite beverage, and maybe a snack, and you should be on your way to improving your photography skills very soon!
“Your jewelry photographs will improve with practice over time. Try keeping notes on the photos you take and set up you use, and keep practicing." ~Oran
Photographing Jewelry Tips
Digital cameras have come a long way in terms of affordability and accessibility. And if you don’t own a digital camera, you probably know someone who does.
Here are some digital jewelry photography tips for taking great pictures.
Ever wonder why your pictures are partially in focus? The key to answering this question is understanding depth of field, which is about the relationship between a digital camera’s focal range and a camera’s aperture or f-stop setting on your camera.
“Understanding depth of field is especially critical to photographing jewelry, especially if you are using the macro mode function to take your photos." ~Oran
Not all digital cameras allow you to adjust the f-stop setting, but there are some things you can do to optimize your f-stops when photographing jewelry.
There are several factors you should consider when buying a digital camera for your home business. If you are in the market for a digital camera, make sure you read our article on buying the best digital camera for taking jewelry photographs.
Lighting for Photographing Jewelry
Using daylight to photograph your jewelry is the easiest way to start out. Plus, there is no equipment to buy, just find the right location, bring along a few simple pieces of equipment, and you are good to go!
Enclosed studio set ups such as photo light tents or photo light boxes are a little more involved in terms of set up and cost. However, it does give you more control over how you photograph your necklaces, bracelets, and earrings, and you can do your work at any time of the day.
Styling & Professionals
How you style your photographs can affect sales, but that is really dependent on which venue your photographs will be used in.
Do you do minimal, museum style photographs, or should you use props for your shoot?
Is it wise to do several types of shots when photographing your lines or is it ok to stick to whatever style suits your brand.
Take a look at our discussion of what kind of jewelry styling works well for different types of selling venues.
This is definitely one area that you should consider investing money in. We all know that jewelry is the most competitive category to get into the best quality (and often lucrative) craft shows, as well as a must for getting into the good wholesale gift shows, so having the best jewelry photographs is a worthwhile investment.
Interactive Photography Tips
After reading through our articles and tips, you may still have a few lingering questions. Try visiting our free photoclinic, where you may submit up to four photographs for review. The photo tips clinic is designed to be an interactive way for anyone who wants to improve their photographing jewelry skills.
Just simply read through the page, and enter your submission at the bottom of the page. Be sure to include vital information such as what kind of digital camera you are using, your lighting set up, and any image correction software you may be using.
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