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Posts with tag: "Jewellery photography"

Why should I use professional product photographer's service? Wouldn't be worth for myself to invest  in professional DSLR camera and good lens and take photos myself?

These are the questions that many clients are asking. My answer is: The photographer takes a picture, not a camera.

Keep in mind: Professional Product Photographer is a profession and this occupation is a full time job. Of course you can learn it just like anybody else, but would you do the same with all other professions? You want to fix the car - learn how to become car mechanic, fix your television - learn how to do it,  etc. In each case, you need the tools, knowledge and experience.

With all sophisticated equipment available on the market, measuring exposure will be done by the camera, but in PRO product photography you never set up camera in automatic mode. Professional cameras have been designed to be used in manual mode. It does have automatic mode too, but you'll be surprised what would the difference be between the photograph from point and shoot and pro camera. In many cases point and shoot photographs may look much better than pro.

Here is very common question the people ask me: What kind of camera should I buy to do good pictures? Again the best answer I come up with is comparison to the car purchase:

What kind of car should I buy to drive safely? Of course to some point sophisticated safety features of the car matter, but  main factor is still the driver. Same thing with paint brushes. Does purchasing brand name Rembrandt paint brushes make you a great painter?

In my next article I will explain you what are the most important factors in product photography that contribute to the perfect photograph.

If you have any questions - please contact me

Wednesday, November 30, 2016
By Photography by George
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Jewellery Photography Workshop

 

In this blog, I'll try to explain why there is no universal answer for the question: "How much do you charge for a picture? ". It mainly depends on the complexity of the project; for example, the size, material and shape of the product. As well, the complexity of post-production is also a very important factor.

 

Now, let's talk about jewellery photo shoot.

 

To properly show enlarged images of jewellery made of shiny metal and gemstone is a real challenge. You would need to control two or more lighting and reflectors set ups that are different for metallic surfaces and for cut gemstones.

 It is very important to select clean, flawless samples and handle them using fabric gloves, or deliver them to my studio in original packaging. For more information regarding procedures click here

First, you would need to prepare a set of light modifiers - two different sets for each part of the object.

 

Depending on the size and shape of the object, I may have to use up to six strobe lights (not necessarily all of them) that allow me to control the intensity and direction of the light in different areas of the metallic part of the object. In general, the bigger the size and roundness of the metallic jewellery piece, the more strobes is required.

 

To soften the light, you need to separate the sources of light from the object using semi-opaque sheets from the bottom and from the top. Also, you would need to cover all sides of the working area with white material to prevent reflections from the surrounding objects.

 

Now, it's time to position the object. Small pieces of putty will often be sufficient to do a good job. You can also use transparent objects to support and fixate the object in its required position.

 

Next to the object, you would need to properly position some handmade reflectors. They can be made of white, black or metallic materials.

 

Once the area of the piece of jewellery that you wish to capture is ready, you will need to start moving the selected light reflectors and the object around to obtain the desired visual effect. In this step you should focus your attention on the shiny metallic part of the jewellery.

 

Once this is done, you can repeat the same procedure, this time focusing on gemstone. Noted that back light and black reflectors need to be used.

Do you want to see some samples of jewellery photographs  please click here

 

Now, it's time for post-production, a topic that I will address in my next blog post.