It will often be very hard to recapture the true beauty of one’s handmade jewellery in an electronic photograph, especially since many jewellery pieces are created with shiny gemstones, pearls or crystals that reflect light back to the camera lens. The straightforward answer to eliminate this problem is always to direct light on your display area from all areas equally and remove the’flash’feature from your own digital camera. From personal experience, the best setup to do this is always to use approximately 3-4’halogen lamps’or’day light bulbs ‘. This can allow for adequate lighting from all angles that you want to take your photo from without counting on the glare-inducing flash of the camera.
For the absolute most professional looking pictures, it is imperative to show your jewellery on either a nice-looking background or a universally plain photo jewellery white background. Backgrounds with uneven gradients, ugly colours or unattractive designs are extremely off-putting to potential customers and will more than likely lead them to dismiss the notion of buying from you.
I will briefly cover two techniques to producing photos of one’s jewellery with professional looking backgrounds:
Method 1: The simplest method for a professional looking background is to show them on a nice-looking backdrop. There are lots of variants to this idea.
Our favourite is always to setup a well-lit flat work surface (as described before) by having an attractive cloth while the backdrop. I’d personally advise employing a material such as purple velvet which makes for a 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 like a busts or even b) using real female models (if you are able to afford one or even know someone attractive enough to pass as one!).
Method 2: For folks who are a bit more technologically-adept, I’d advise taking’stock image’type photographs with white backgrounds. This really is achieved with a small canvas photography tent. These are available as a set with usually 2 halogen lights for approximately £30 ($45) and are certainly worth this value. By shining these bright lights onto the plain white background in the mini-tent, you should get yourself a near perfectly white background in your photo.
All that’s left to complete after taking a photo in this manner is to utilize a digital editing program such Adobe Photoshop or if your allowance is smaller, value programmes such as Microsoft Digital Image Suite (approximately £30-£40) is going to do exactly the same job, to edit out the uneven gradient by either painting over the specified regions of the back ground with’white paint’or employing a background removal tool.