It can occasionally be very hard to fully capture the real beauty of one’s handmade jewellery in a digital photograph, especially because so many jewellery pieces are created with shiny gemstones, pearls or crystals that reflect light back in the camera lens. The simple answer to resolve this problem is always to direct light on your display area from all areas equally and remove the’flash’feature from your digital camera. From personal experience, the best setup to do so would be to use approximately 3-4’halogen lamps’or’day light bulbs ‘. This may allow for adequate lighting from all angles that you wish to take your photo from without depending on the glare-inducing flash of the camera.
For the absolute most professional looking pictures, it’s imperative to display your jewellery on either a nice-looking background or perhaps a universally plain photo jewellery white background. Backgrounds with uneven gradients, ugly colours or unattractive designs are very off-putting to potential customers and will likely lead them to dismiss the notion of buying from you.
I will briefly cover two methods to producing photos of one’s jewellery with professional looking backgrounds:
Method 1: The easiest method for a professional looking background is to display them on a nice-looking backdrop. There are numerous variants to the idea.
Our favourite would be to setup a well-lit flat work surface (as described before) by having an attractive cloth as the backdrop. I would personally advise employing a material such as purple velvet which makes 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 areas of the body such as a busts as well as b) using real female models (if you can afford one as well as know someone attractive enough to pass together!).
Method 2: For people who are a little more technologically-adept, I would advise taking’stock image’type photographs with white backgrounds. This is achieved by using a small canvas photography tent. These can be purchased as a kit with usually 2 halogen lights for about £30 ($45) and are really 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 do after taking a photo in this way is to employ a digital editing program such Adobe Photoshop or if your allowance is smaller, value programmes such as Microsoft Digital Image Suite (approximately £30-£40) will do the exact same job, to edit out the uneven gradient by either painting over the specified areas of the backdrop with’white paint’or employing a background removal tool.