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1. April 2011 16:07

A $6 Solution to Taking Pictures of Jewelry

A window and a piece of cardboard is all you’ll need to take pictures of  silver jewelry with brilliant, even tones.

Move a table as close to a window as you can.

Make sure that the top of the table is a higher than the window sill.

Tape a piece of tracing paper to the window. Sunny or cloudy skies, the paper will make light coming in to be even and soft. Hang the paper so it goes down below the table.

When using white paper as a background put something white underneath to avoid the table coming through making it look dark.

I used a 2’ x 2’ piece of foamcore to bounce back light from the window, you can use anything that stands upright without bending. A piece of cardboard covered with sheets of white paper will work great.

Light will reflect from the white card and from the white surface as well.

Silver is like a mirror, it shows whatever is around. The light and white paper will reflect on the metal making it look light and shiny.

Pendant, a courtesy of Roxy's Jewelry

If you pull the white card away from the window it will create a dark area that will also reflect on the jewelry.

Different tones of silver make a picture have more depth. You may like the way it looks, or you may not. If you prefer the silver to have even tones make sure that the card is flashed against the window.

However, if you do want your background to have a gradation of tones try replacing the white card with a black one. Blocking the light will create a shadow with a clear edge.

Then you can play placing your jewelry where the background shifts from light to dark to see what happens.




Comments (22) -

4/2/2011 6:33:45 PM #

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4/2/2011 7:46:56 PM #

You are my photography idol! Thank you again for great tips.

4/25/2011 10:42:49 PM #

very helpful, can't wait to try. any tips for touching-up photos after they've been taken?

5/11/2011 5:35:31 AM #

This is an easy setup for taking pictures of jewelry at home. Maybe easier than setting up an actual light box. I will try it the next time I'm taking photos for writing my jewelry making instructions.

elle c
elle c
5/11/2011 6:18:12 PM #

great! I love how simple this set-up is.

Barbara Din
Barbara Din
5/24/2011 4:58:25 AM #

Thank you! I never thought of placing paper on the window. This will definitely help!

5/29/2011 9:14:27 AM #

I am so glad I found you site on craigslist!I am having such a hard time getting some ofmy jewelry sets on etsy.  thanks for the service to others.

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8/12/2011 8:39:28 AM #

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8/16/2011 5:07:19 AM #

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Linda Keesee
Linda Keesee United States
11/14/2011 9:32:08 AM #

I noticed the camera is up really close. If I take my pictures that close the object is  a big blur. Even with the macro setting and focus adjustment at the lowest. I have to set my camera back at least 18 inches and can't zoom in to close or it blurs.  I hear over and over you don't have to have an expensive camera to take decent photos, just need a digital with macro. Well I'm not having much luck. Can't wait to try out some of your tutorials.

Isabelle Ste-Marie
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1/15/2012 1:55:14 PM #

Thank you so much!! This will help me.

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2/3/2012 1:38:40 AM #

I really loved reading your blog. It was very well authored and easy to understand. Love the pictures too.

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4/16/2012 7:20:58 AM #

slow to the uptake, but I think I m finally catching on.  Thx!

Nicole L
Nicole L United States
4/21/2012 12:04:30 PM #

I found your website today and have been reading one blog after another. Thank you for giving such useful and creative tips. I'm trying to start selling my jewelry using as little money as possible to set up as I am broke. Lol. The use of a black card is clever.  It would have taken me forever to think lf how to do a gradation.

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4/29/2012 12:04:28 PM #

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Charissa United States
1/28/2013 2:05:28 PM #

I am so glad to come across your site.  I has been very helpful to me.
I have taken so many bad pictures of my jewelry.  Now I know how to
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