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Old 01-13-2008, 01:00 PM
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Hello there,

As a jewellery retailer, I would like to take pictures that really sell my jewellery to a customer.

Just when I thought I had the technique down, I get sent this from a guy who wants to be paid to produce the following images (see below)

If anyone could please have a look and them and advise a step by step guide to get the same effect please?

I've tried using curves but the contrast doesnt look like right... and using levels burns out the highlights and makes the shadows too black rather than reflected.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/premmahtani/2189893929/ (Before)
http://www.flickr.com/photos/premmahtani/2190682024/ (After)


Help please!

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Old 01-13-2008, 01:03 PM
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Re: Jewellery Photography

there doesn't seem to be any attachments...
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Old 01-13-2008, 01:08 PM
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Re: Jewellery Photography

I'm having errors when I try to attach The files are under 100K each... why do I get an upload error??? Doh!
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Old 01-13-2008, 01:14 PM
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Re: Jewellery Photography

http://www.flickr.com/photos/premmahtani/2189893929/ (Before)
http://www.flickr.com/photos/premmahtani/2190682024/ (After)
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Old 01-13-2008, 01:17 PM
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Re: Jewellery Photography

The reflection of the ring is wrong.
It should the a mirror image of the ring not a copy of the ring.

Look at this example or this example

Besides that it looks ok. Could use some sharpening.

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I took another look at your "before" image and it seems to be underexposed by one stop. A properly exposed picture would make it much easier to get you there.



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Old 01-13-2008, 01:47 PM
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Re: Jewellery Photography

yeah, I forgot to mention that I realised the reflection was wrong, but how do I actually get from the "before" to the "after" ????

Help! Thanks
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Old 01-13-2008, 02:36 PM
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Re: Jewellery Photography

So, you are someone who needs retouching for your business, but don't want to pay for it. You come here to ask pros and advanced amateurs how to "do" this? Right? For free?
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Old 01-13-2008, 02:58 PM
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Re: Jewellery Photography

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So, you are someone who needs retouching for your business, but don't want to pay for it. You come here to ask pros and advanced amateurs how to "do" this? Right? For free?
Right, but he's asking how to do it - not if we can do it. I mean, it'd be nice if he supported the community by paying, but that's his decision.
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Just when I thought I had the technique down, I get sent this from a guy who wants to be paid to produce the following images (see below)
Actually, just read through this quoted and... that's pretty awful, but predictably business-like. I'm sure the individual quoted will find it's not very easy, and a new process has to be learned for every new step.

Perhaps they'll end up going with the person who offered their paid services?

e: Bah, I dunno. I'm torn on this one - if you're selling jewelery there's a decent markup, even if it's a new shop... but I can understand trying to save the $$$ by doing it yourself. But if we help this person, we're taking out of another person's pocket - another person which, as a retoucher, is in the same shoes as I am.
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Old 01-13-2008, 04:35 PM
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Re: Jewellery Photography

Guys,

Thanks for your opinion about my request.

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.

I have experience in photoshop, and I have some knowledge about photography. I should have made my first request clearer. What I really want to learn, is not only learn how to get from before to after but how to do it quickly to process the X number of rings I have in my shops.

High margins on jewellery?? Maybe you should look at the margins bluenile.com make on their loose stones and see what I'm up against.

Thanks
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Old 01-13-2008, 04:47 PM
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High margins on jewellery?? Maybe you should look at the margins bluenile.com make on their loose stones and see what I'm up against.
Hah, I should have been more specific - higher profit from the margins (as compared to photo bags, for example).
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