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Photographing Jewelry: I'm Learning
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I haven't been writing abut the process of learning to photograph the jewelry very much because I thought it was boring. [info]elisem  just convinced me that it isn't

I'm working on taking photos of the Terry Pratchett broomstick pendant  (Granny Weatherwax) and the deadly night shade pendant. It's so different from what I usually do.

All photo work is  light.

Portrait work
is a combination of composition and working with a model to evoke a sense of who they are. Landscape work is composition.

In landscape work (if you're outside) you work with changing light.  When I do portraits I do assisted natural light (one small photo light) and I have some control of the light.

Until my present In-Camera Project, all my work has been black and white and film.

Jewelry requires a knowledgeable control of light.  (Something I'm very much still learning about)  No composition, simply (except it's very difficult) the accurate representation of a small detailed object.  I'm still at the stage where I'm experimenting with right light.  And in terms of the jewelry I'm still learning about digital color representation in different controlled lighting.

If you follow my journal you can see the learning process in the jewelry images. Anyway it's all still being very much of a process right now.  Any thoughts are appreciated.

I hope to have the images up in a couple of days.

Mood: Thoughtful

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This is highly relevant to my interests! I'm having a terrible time getting good photos of my jewelry, only some of due to a not-so-great camera. Because if I change the background, everything I thought was right is suddenly wrong, and I haven't worked out how to balance the light and exposure and all that.

I'm using a just Ok digital camera, a Canon power shot SD750.

I'm going to get some high watt photo bulbs to use through a shadow box and see what that does. Color of bulbs really affects things.

I built my own light box a while back, but it's still been frustrating. The outraged look the SO got when I told him I was using one bright incandescent, and one fluorescent, to light the thing tells me I may need to change out one of those bulbs for something else. Hey, it's what I had on hand!

He's also told me I can/should use one of his tripods, and will loan me one of his cameras (might be a Casio) which has all the manual settings in the world. I've got a Casio S600 or something, which is limited in what I can set manually.

Tripod sounds good since that will let you use a really low ISO.

The bulbs clearly effect the colors.

I bought a light box inexpensively that I think is bigger then I may need (24") but I'm going to continue to use it as I learn at least for a while

Well, I'm certainly interesting in the process. I don't feel anything like fully in control of my forays into the area!

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