One thing unites all jewelry makers: we are great at making jewelry. That being said, some of us may need some tips for learning how to take jewelry photos that show off the jewelry well.
For a long time, taking quality photos was something I dreaded. That ended when my friend Liz Banman gave me some helpful tips for capturing quality photos for my website. One of the most important ingredients of taking great photos is lighting. It can make or break your photos.
If you are struggling with how to take jewelry photos with the right lighting, have no fear. Here are four tips from Liz to help you capture your jewelry in its best light:
1: Natural Light
Lighting is critical for your jewelry. When Liz snapped the images of my jewelry we timed it so she came by in the morning when the light was strong enough that it was all we needed to illuminate the details. She suggested using natural light that comes from your back: at this positioning, the light can correctly illuminate the details without casting an unnatural glow.
If you’re going to use natural light just remember to avoid putting your jewelry in the direct sunlight. This will be too much for your image.
2: Block the Light
Sometimes you can have too much of a good thing, and this can be true with light. If you are noticing the image is too bright, remember that you can block it to use less. Find a piece of cardboard or draw a blind so that less light comes in. And don’t be afraid to play with angles so you can find the right lighting for your photo.
3: Successfully Using Internal Lighting
If you choose to avoid using natural light, you can successfully use internal lighting to help illuminate your jewelry. Liz suggests that the first tip is to avoid direct light. So mix it up and use multiple light sources. This means that in addition to using an overhead light, set a lamp close to where you’re photographing so you can get some depth to your photos.
4: Camera Flash
If you choose to dare with a camera flash, keep in mind that it’s harsh. Liz said to only use a flash if it’s absolutely necessary because it may actually create the opposite effect. If you must use a flash, see if there’s a way to change the positioning of the flash on your camera or even bounce it off of a white wall or ceiling so that it’s not as direct on your jewelry. You can also use a large sheet of white poster board or paper to act as a reflector by positioning it on the opposite side of the light source. That will help to add depth and reduce the harshness of shadows you may otherwise create.
Liz helped me be more confident with my photos. What other tips do you have for appropriately lighting your jewelry designs? Leave them below in the comments!