Jewelry photography is known to be notoriously difficult, irrespective of the piece of jewelry being photographed. There are numerous techniques usually used by professional jewelry photographers, which anyone can master and be able to take the most attractive and dramatic pictures of jewelry.
Necklaces, rings, watches, and all other pieces of jewelry all present unique sets of challenges concerning photographing them. Their surfaces are usually smooth and shiny, which cause undesirable reflections. Their sizes also require high magnification details, which can be quite challenging to achieve. Below is everything you should know regarding how to overcome the challenges.
Planning and Preparation
You should start by figuring out the background that you are going to use before you even start thinking of the of which lens to use. The background plays quite an essential part when it comes to determining how good the shot will be. It helps to get the right tone and enhance the piece of jewelry that you are shooting. The choice of background, however, should not overpower the jewelry. Think about color, texture, and shape factoring in how they will work with the image styling.
For professional jewellery photos, you need to ensure the images are sharp and have a crisp focus. As an amateur, you might need to read the manual of your camera to figure out how to set it in spot focus mode. Using the normal focus mode means that the camera will focus on a broader area, while the spot focus mode gives you more control to where the camera will focus. Different cameras will have different abilities to focus on a small shiny object, which means you should be picky when choosing a camera. Remember to use a tripod stand or something similar to support the camera when shooting to get a sharp image.
Work on the Lighting
Normal soft lighting or diffuse lighting is what works best for jewelry photography. Using the camera flash, in most cases, will not produce the best images. It will be too bright and too reflective. It may also not hit the jewelry at the right angle, creating some harsh shadows. You should, therefore, use continuous lighting instead of flash lighting. Daylight fluorescent bulbs are an excellent choice.
Find the Right Props
You should also ensure that the props you use blends in well with the scene and holds up the pieces of jewelry that in a way that showcases its best features. A prop can be anything, including a model or a mannequin. Only make sure that it does not take attention away from the piece of jewelry.