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7 Tips To Take The Perfect Jewellery Photographs In 2020

If you are reading this post, I am assuming you are either a professional photographer, a business owner or even an amateur who just wants to learn the ropes of taking the perfect jewellery photographs. To state that jewellery photography is one of the trickiest tasks known to mankind would not be an exaggeration. Jewellery pieces, in all their dazzling glory, are tiny, reflective and are mostly adorned with a lot of details that are difficult capture on camera. However, with a little bit of patience, the right lighting and proper gear, you shall conquer it all.

Here are a few tips on how you can do it:

1. Start with a good clean

Just like humans spend hours prepping before a photoshoot, the first and foremost thing to do is to make sure your jewellery pieces are clean and spotless (Mind you, the tiniest of dirt create a significant eye-sore when it comes to jewellery photography, especially if you are using a DSLR camera with a macro lens). We’d advise you to wear cotton gloves so you don’t leave dirt and fingerprints on the jewellery. Otherwise, make sure to clean your jewellery every time you touch it.

2. Choose the right background

Since we want the piece of jewellery to be the main focus of our photographs, it is recommendable to use either a plain black or a white background. However, even if you are creating a setting with props, etc., remember not to opt for a very busy background, because it will take the focus away from the actual jewellery.But, of course, it all depends on the type of effect you are going for.

3. Be consistent with your camera settings

Whether you are using your phone or a DSLR camera, it is important to keep the camera settings consistent throughout the process. Even the slightest change in the settings (colour, brightness, contrast, etc, on a phone camera and ISO, aperture, shutter speed, etc in a DSLR), will make a significant change in the images. This is especially applicable if you are taking photographs of the same product from different angles. The change in camera settings from one image to another will result in the same product looking completely different in every image. Your potential clients would probably lose their trust in your brand if you use such images on your website.

4. Be careful with the lighting

One of the most important things to remember when you are taking pictures of jewellery is to be careful with the lighting. Since jewellery pieces consist of many precious stones, they often have very reflective surfaces. Therefore, we have to be mindful of the amount and direction of light falling onto the product. There are many light boxes exclusively designed for jewellery photography available in the market today that range from affordable to expensive in terms of price range. These light boxes make it very convenient to control the lighting and also helps us focus more on the details of the jewellery. Otherwise, natural light is good enough too. Just make sure not to have the light fall on the reflective parts, else they are going to look like mirrors instead of precious stones.

5. Use a tripod

If you are not using one of the jewellery light boxes that come with their own camera holders, I would really recommend using a tripod. Jewellery pieces are very tiny and have intricate details on them. Therefore, even the slightest shake can result in a blurred photograph.

6. Stack them up

This was something I wasn’t aware of as well when I first started off as a Product Photographer, and it has been one of the most valuable piece of tip I learnt when it comes to jewellery photography. If you have been wondering why you have not been able to capture high resolution and detailed photographs of your jewellery pieces despite the high-tech gear you are using or your photography skills, then ‘stacking’ is the answer! All you have to do is take a few images at different focal lengths and stack them up in Adobe Photoshop. It might take a little time depending on the operating system of your computer, but I assure you, it will be well worth it!

7. Edit the pictures

Now that you have finished capturing the images and probably even stacked them on Photoshop, the last thing you would want to do is edit the images. By editing, I mean removing little blemishes, pieces of dirt, etc., cropping, straightening and aligning the image. You could also go further and enhance the overall aesthetic of the image but brightening it, adding a little bit of vibrance, etc.

So these were our 7 tips to capture the perfect jewellery photographs. We sincerely hope you found it useful for your projects. Please comment below if you have any other tips that would help other readers and also do let us know what you would like to see us writing about next; we will happily oblige.

* Here, at Loupe Media House, we take pride in our Jewellery Retouching services because our seasoned photographers and editors use state-of-the-art technologies to produce studio quality images that help you flaunt the stunning designs of your precious pieces. For any enquiries, please send us a message and we will be happy to assist you.

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