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Old 01-13-2008, 06:02 PM
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Re: Jewellery Photography

Post what you consider to be your best attempt at the look that you are after.
Many members here will be more than glad to give you guidance.

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I'm quite happy to pay for having my pics done, however, after investing about $2000 on a light box and camera, I don't really want to fork out more money to edit my pics.
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Old 01-13-2008, 07:04 PM
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Re: Jewellery Photography

what kind of light box did you buy that was so expensive?
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Old 01-13-2008, 07:13 PM
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what kind of light box did you buy that was so expensive?
He got a light box and a camera - could be a high end camera :P
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Old 01-14-2008, 03:20 AM
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Re: Jewellery Photography

I bought the MK Digital Direct lightbox with all the bells and whistles (LED, halogen, tube light from all panels)

Canon G9 with x6 close up lenses

I was told to over expose for WB compensation as whites are perceived as grey bay the camera, then use levels to ad contrast and bring out the whites. Dodge the sparkle and burn the reflection to add more contrast.

I'll have a go this evening at posting my own before and after pics.

Thanks
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Old 01-15-2008, 01:53 AM
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Re: Jewellery Photography

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I was told to over expose for WB compensation as whites are perceived as grey bay the camera,
White Balance and exposure are two entirely different beasts that have nothing to do with eachother, prem.
Nevertheless over exposing to compensate for the white in the image is the correct thing to do.

If you shoot RAW you can adjust both the WB and the exposure conveniently after the fact in PP.

The specular highlights require very subtle use of point-shaped light sources with your light box (LEDs or holes in the box?).
OR you can fake 'm in PP like so.

http://i75.photobucket.com/albums/i3...akesparkle.jpg
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Old 01-16-2008, 03:18 PM
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Re: jewelry Photography

If you know photoshop(not just curves), then you should be able to get the "look" you want or possible(considering your knowledge and equipment), since you are in industry as i am, you most likely know how is that look...and there many ways to get those looks,
but the vision is personal so only you know what right for you...here is my sample
http://photo.net/bboard/big-image?bb...ad_id=41025084
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Old 01-16-2008, 04:05 PM
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Re: jewelry Photography

I don't mind folks who ask for help sometimes without pay because most time when they figure out what pain in the ass it all is they give me the work anyways. I have done a lot of jewelry work in my business but I must explain to the poster that Jewelry photography at its finest is usually done by someone who dedicated their photo careers to shooting nothing but jewelry. There are so many little secrets and tips it would take forever to teach someone. I appreciate your interest in our process and will help you whenver possible but I keep one thing in mind too. I have worked for some of the biggest business people in the world and by and far jewelry makers, sellers, owners, whatever can be the biggest pain the the kahunas EVER. Not saying you, just an educated obervation.
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Old 01-16-2008, 06:31 PM
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Re: Jewellery Photography

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I was told to over expose for WB compensation as whites are perceived as grey bay the camera, then use levels to ad contrast and bring out the whites. Dodge the sparkle and burn the reflection to add more contrast.
You need to buy a hand held exposure multimeter to get the right exposure for your image, usually the WB need to be set at flash or daylight on the camera 'cause the lightning simulates this kind of light, try both. But if you want to get a good image spend $170 dolars more to get a multimeter, this way you only need to balance the image and the pic will be better than the ones that you have now and the whites will be whites and won't need to over expose!!!!

Hope this help!

Silvia.

P.S: buy a piece of white acrylic to place the jewelry when taking the pic.
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Old 01-16-2008, 06:37 PM
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I have worked for some of the biggest business people in the world and by and far jewelry makers, sellers, owners, whatever can be the biggest pain the the kahunas EVER. Not saying you, just an educated obervation.
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even bigger pains than food or clothing ads?
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Old 01-18-2008, 08:42 PM
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Re: jewelry Photography

Jewelry is for sure more of a pain than food. Outside of auto and beauty it is as challenging as it gets.

I do not want to deter you from shooting but if you want to have pictures that really sell your jewelry to a customer, you need to hire a photographer that is good at jewelry photography. I have been retouching jewelry for a while and have seen the good the bad and the ugly. The best money you can spend is on the photographer IMO. I think what may be good is to hire a professional to shoot the stuff and ask to be on set. Learn what they are doing and how they do it. It is actually pretty cool to watch them shoot. Then try to reproduce it.
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