October 4th, 2010


Photographing Jewelry: I'm Learning

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