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Metal Clay Business Resources - Photography

On this page you'll find resources to help you with photographing your jewellery. If you intend to teach metal clay, PMC or Art Clay or sell your jewellery, you'll want to have good quality photographs for your marketing material and website. You can employ a professional photographer or do it yourself.

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To read an article about lighting for photographing jewelry click here.

Beading Forum - How to Photograph your Jewellery

Nice simple tutorial with tips for photographing jewellery.

Cloud Dome

Cloud Dome is a studio-in-a-bag. It’s the simplest way for anyone to take professional-quality digital photographs without complicated lighting. It's an efficient way to take low cost, high quality images for online auctions. It is a proven fact that the better your picture the more bids you will get. With the help of the Cloud Dome you could go from an average seller on eBay to a Power Seller.

Correcting Color

This useful article tells you how to use black and white to correct the color balance of your photos.

Elaine Luther - Photography Blog

Fanstastic resource for tips and hints on how to photograph your jewelry. Lots of links to useful articles and other resources.

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Photography Secret Weapons - Vickie Hallmark

Vickie Hallmark has a great blog and she's put her secret weapons to take fantastic photos on her June09 blog page. If you love gadgets, you'll love Vickie's secret weapons!

Flickr - Promote your work by displaying your photos online

Sign up for a free account with Flickr and upload your photos. This photo sharing site is a great place to display your work, especially if you don't have a website of your own.

GIMP - Free photo editing software for Mac OS X

This software is downloadable for free and will only work on Mac OS X. User friendly.

Holding Objects for Photography

Great article on Ganoksin by Charles Lewton Brain about how to hold jewellery items when you're photographing them.

Jennifer Kahn - Photographing Jewelry Blog

Tutorial from Jennifer Kahn about photographing your jewelry. Great read!

Kelby Training

This site has a large number of video lessons on photography and photographic manipulation programmes like Photoshop. You are required to subscribe and pay a small fee but you can cancel at any time and watch as much as you like. The Photoshop beginners lessons are divided into 5-10 minute lessons. You can pause the video to try the techniques as you watch.

Lightboxes and Tents for Jewelry Photography

Useful information about lightboxes and tents with lots of links to relevant information. From Elaine Luther's great blog site, All Things Metal Clay

MK Digital Direct - Jewelry Photography Tips

Great resource for jewelry photography. This page has lots of articles with various tips and hints on how to photograph your jewelry.

OBN Photography Equipment

US based suppliers of light boxes, black tents, lights and bulbs.

Photographing Jewelry and other Small Things.

Useful Squidoo Lens from Elaine Luther.

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Photographing Jewelry Videos from Expert Village.

This series of short videos on YouTube has a wealth of information for taking photos of your jewelery.

Expert Village Video 1

Settings like the ISO and aperture should be set low, and use a manual focus. Practice your jewelry photography with the right settings in this free product photography video.

Expert Village Video 2

Photographing white jewelry on a white background can be a difficult shot to arrange. Learn ways to troubleshoot jewelry photography with this free product photography video.

Expert Village Video 3

A tilt-shift controlled perspective camera lens is great for photographing the complex planes of jewelry. Learn about lenses and practice your jewelry photography with this free product photography video.

Expert Village Video 4

Photographing jewelry may use a variety of lenses popular with professional photographers. Learn about lenses and practice your jewelry photography with this free product photography video.

Expert Village Video 5

Having a secure tripod is a must for professional photographers. Practice your jewelry photography with a quality tripod in this free product photography video.

Expert Village Video 6

Earrings should be photographed hanging to replicate how they are worn. Practice your jewelry photography on earrings with this free product photography video.

Expert Village Video 7

Getting rid of reflections in jewelry photography can be tricky. Practice your jewelry photography without unsightly reflections in this free product photography video.

Expert Village Video 8

To get the right light for jewelry photography, light underneath the subject. Practice your jewelry photography with the best lighting gear in this free product photography video.

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Photography tips - Janet Alexander

Lots of useful tips and hints in this blog post.

Photography Tutorial - Vickie Hallmark

Great three part tutorial covering how to take good pictures of your jewelry.

Resize images with EZ Thumbnails

Free to download from this site. Easy to use programme.

Syn's Webpages

Useful information about photographing silver. This site also contains a number of tutorials for using Photoshop to manipulate photo's.

Table Top Studio

This site has a huge range of resources and tutorials for photographing all types of jewellery including glass and beads. All the tips and tricks you need to take the best photographs. It also lists the tools needed to create great photos without spending a fortune.

Tips on Getting into Juried Publications - Lora Hart

Lora Hart was one of the jurers for the 2010 PMC Annual. In this blog post she shares her observations about the entries she evaluated and gives some great tips about how to get noticed in the jurying process. Well worth reading if you're intending to submit images for publication.

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Proper Lighting for Photographing Jewelry by Robert Lobitz

In this day and age, if you want to show off your amazing skills or even sell some of your work, you need to learn how to properly utilize the internet. Many of us are diehard fans of the brick and mortar stores and face to face interactions, but the best way to get your name and pieces out there and into the thoughts and dreams of more people is the internet. To do this the right way you need to know how to take good pictures and the biggest mistake I see made every day is the use of improper lighting. Let’s solve some of these problems.

Photographing jewelryThis picture is an example of what to not do. The piece looks dull, the pendant is out of focus and the surface they chose to shoot on seems to be a black plastic trash bag. There is a lot to discuss here, but we are going to focus on lighting.

LED lights are the best studio option if you want the perfect light. Many people will opt for the less expensive CFL bulbs, but I did that once and then I smashed one bulb, I bought a replacement, had to spend twice as much money and ended up spending way more money than I would have had I just bought LED lights. LEDs are quite durable, in contrast to fragile glass bulbs, and that quality alone is important for those of us who are going to be moving and repositioning lights every day.

Light the piece from all sides without having any lights in the frame to avoid lens flares, heavy shadows and searing glare. Get some light softening filters to further avoid glare and washing your piece out entirely. This is known as using diffuse light and it is mandatory for photographing reflective surfaces.

Above all else, you are going to want to choose lighting instruments that give a wide range of wavelengths that replicates daylight as closely as possible. LEDs can offer you the perfect light in a continuous form with predictable and repeatable results.

Click here to see a great selection of LED lights for sale.

 

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