Página 2Jewelry Photography Tips - How to photograph Jewelry11/11/2009 13:39:35http://www.mkdigitaldirect.com/tips/jewelry_photography_tips.html
Continuous natural daylight lighting:
To evenly reproduce the colors in jewelry2.
To eliminate shadows and hard spots3.
White Balance adjustment:
To adapt your camera to the lighting environment used to photograph4.
Depth of Field & Focus:
To get a sharp and clear image5.
Shutter Speed/Exposure time:
To control the lightness and darkness of your image6.
Stable camera mounting (tripod):
To ensure your camera is stable to avoid a blurred photo.
1. Continuous Natural Daylight Lighting
Jewelry is very difficult to photograph because it’s shiny highly polished surface reflects, in many cases, up to99% of the light it receives. If you use flash photography, you’ll usually end up with glares and hot spots. Thekey is to use continuous natural light which has the ability to evenly and accurately reproduce all thespectacular colors found in the different elements of jewelry. Therefore, for photographing jewelry we will beusing fluorescent daylight light.
all of ourphotography lighting systemscontain continuous fluorescent lighting in at least thebottom/platform, right and left panels of the box. Other lighting systems, like the MK "The Box"™ also containlight on the back, top and doors. Other features include LED lighting, rotating platforms, halogen lighting andmore.
2. Diffused Lighting
When illuminating jewelry, you have to make sure never to expose it to light directly, as direct light will bereflected on the jewelry, and will create hot spots and shadows. What you need to do is expose jewelrythrough diffused lighting, which is light that has passed through some sort of light diffuser.The diffuser evenly spreads the light, and eliminate all hot-spots, shadows and reflections. Remember, that allof ourphotography lighting systemsalready include natural daylight that is exposed through the boxes’thermoplastic housing that acts as light diffusers.
View examples of photos with and without diffused light
3. White Balance
A key element of successful product photography is white balance. You need to be able to program the whitebalance setting on your camera. Although many cameras will come with pre-program options or presets youneed at least one custom white balance option. This means that the camera can "read" and self-adjust itself tobe able to take pictures under many light conditions. This feature is very important.If your camera cannot perform this custom adjustment, it’s very likely that you’ll end up with badly coloredproduct pictures, especially if you are trying to take pictures of products against a white background. You’lllikely end up with all kinds of color variations: yellow, blue, magenta, green etc.Do not misunderstand the white balance feature to mean that the background is going to be always white.White balance means that the camera needs to adjust itself to the ambience light you are using, to give youaccurate and true colors of the items being photograph.
Want to learn more?
View our tutorial onSetting the Custom White Balance(Step #9)
4. Depth of Field & Focus
Setting the Depth-of-field in your camera is an important element in photographing jewelry. The first thing weneed to do is to take advantage of the maximum depth-of-field that any camera has to offer. The camerashould be set to manual mode so that the smallest aperture (For commercial consumer cameras use F8.0, forprofessional camera use F16.0 ) setting can be selected. This will allow us to focus the entire piece of jewelry,rather than only parts of it.The second thing we need to do is to focus the lens to get an image as clear as possible. Most digital camerashave an auto-focus option which can be used, please select this.
Want to learn more?
View our tutorial onSetting the aperture(Step #6)
5. Shutter Speed/Exposure Time
Cameras need to control the amount of light so that an image is not too bright (over exposed) or too dark(under exposed). Similar to our eyes, light enters through the lens and strikes the inside of the camera. Digitalcamera uses a charged coupling device (CCD) to capture the light of an image. Think of a CCD as 'film' in aconventional camera. Therefore, term exposure generally refers to a combination of aperture and shutter speedcontrol to obtain the correct amount of light.
View examples of over and under exposed photos (See Step 4.3)