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Mar 06, 2011 00:32 |  #1

my friend makes one of a kind jewelry pieces and she asked me to try get pictures of them. Boy was it hard! too shiny/reflective lol

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wonder if i should just bite the bullet and use a lightbox? i did these outside in the shade to try get a more natural look..

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Mar 06, 2011 01:29 |  #2

Love the second one. :-)


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Mar 06, 2011 01:33 |  #3

Agree rather like #2 - think the background is fighting the subject in the other ones.
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Mar 06, 2011 03:58 |  #4

I think the second one is great. In the first one I don't see enough of the earring to know what the whole thing looks like and the proportion (basically just change crop and DOF). In the last one I can see you in the reflection on the pearls :)




  
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Mar 06, 2011 04:20 |  #5

yeah reflections on pearls are tuff. and she agreed about the first one, she wants more of the hmm thing that goes in ear showing. ill peek and see if i have one. i shot that way cuz i couldnt get them to fall the right way. the didnt want to lay down for me lol..

thx for the comments!


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Mar 06, 2011 23:15 |  #6

Jewelry is quite the PITA to shoot. My fiancee makes lampwork beads and jewelry pieces with them and it's been a several year learning curve to get decent shots of them. I first tried shooting in auto and playing with flash exposure compensation. Not so good. Tried in sunlight under various iterations of light tent - shower curtains draped over chairs, printer paper formed into a tunnel on a bent up coathanger, a cheap little nylon light tent about 1 x 1 x 1'. Still not so hot. Then multiple flashes indoors, including one from below through frosted glass, again using the cheapie light tent. Getting there, but still the beads had giant hot spots with no detail.

My latest attempts have been the best so far - indoors, multiple flashes. The MT24EX on an off camera cord with both heads high and to the right, about 30" away and 18" above the subject (about 5 o'clock if looking directly down on the subject, with the camera at 6:00), and my 550EX as a slave ~18" away at about 8:00 on the stand with a lumiquest reflector on it; both in manual at 1/32 power, camera at 1/60 and bracketed around about f/11 to find the best exposure. I'm using a 24-70 f/2.8L or the 100mm f/2.8 macro depending on the subject size.

Keeping the flash heads relatively far away from the rounded bead seems to result in much smaller hotspots than trying to light it close up with the big tent did. It was simply reflecting the whole tent in a big white blob.

Keep experimenting and playing with lighting and you'll start to figure it out.

Good luck with it!

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Jul 09, 2011 10:36 |  #7

I think you could probably benefit from setting a bigger f-number so there's more of the jewellery in focus. The second pic is my favourite because it shows good detail and I think the natural look suits that sort of jewellery well :)


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