It can occasionally be very difficult to capture the real beauty of one’s handmade jewellery in a digital photograph, especially since 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 issue is always to direct light onto your display area from all areas equally and remove the’flash’feature from your digital camera. From personal experience, the best setup to do this would be to use approximately 3-4’halogen lamps’or’day light bulbs ‘. This will allow for adequate lighting from all angles that you intend to take your photo from without relying on the glare-inducing flash of the camera.
For probably the most professional looking pictures, it is imperative to produce your jewellery on either a stylish 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 cause them to dismiss the thought of buying from you.
I’ll briefly cover two methods to producing photos of one’s jewellery with professional looking backgrounds:
Method 1: The simplest method for a professional looking background is to produce them on a stylish backdrop. There are many variants to this idea.
My personal favourite would be to setup a well-lit flat working surface (as described before) by having an attractive cloth while the backdrop. I’d personally advise utilizing a material such as purple velvet helping to make for an even more luxurious vibe in the ultimate picture.
Other ideas for professional, attractive backdrops include: a) displaying your jewellery on mannequins/smaller replica parts of the body such as a busts or even b) using real female models (if you can afford one or even know someone attractive enough to pass together!).
Method 2: For people who are a bit more technologically-adept, I’d advise taking’stock image’type photographs with white backgrounds. That is achieved using a small canvas photography tent. These are available as a set with usually 2 halogen lights for about £30 ($45) and are certainly worth this value. By shining these bright lights onto the plain white background in the mini-tent, you should obtain a near perfectly white background in your photo.
All that’s left to complete after taking a photo in this manner is to use a digital editing program such Adobe Photoshop or if your financial allowance is smaller, value programmes such as Microsoft Digital Image Suite (approximately £30-£40) will do the same job, to edit out the uneven gradient by either painting over the specified regions of the backdrop with’white paint’or utilizing a background removal tool.