Jewelry Photography Made Easy

by Shari Lynn Gardner.
(Sterling Heights, Michigan)

Jewelry Photography Made Easy by Shari Lynn Gardner  - featured on Jewelry Making Journal

German Decal Beads and Cameos Necklace and Earrings Set with Vintage Chain

Selling your jewelry online with any of the different store options, from Etsy to Amazon Hand Made, or Artfire to eBay all require photography of your item to be clear, close to show the item entirely and bright to show all the details, and most require a white background.

This can be achieved much easier than you may realize.

Jewelry Photography Made Easy by Shari Lynn Gardner  - featured on Jewelry Making Journal

Vintage Inspired Brass Components with a Repurposed Brooch that was Broken

The first thing any jewelry artist should invest in are a minimum of two lights with daylight bulbs. A daylight bulb is much brighter and bluer (colder), than your incandescent bulbs you use every day for household lighting.

A simple search on Amazon or whatever store you have of choice will show different types of these lights, which may be Ott Lights or even LED lights, which I currently use. They do get extremely hot, so don’t leave them on; only use for photographing your item and then shut them off.

Jewelry Photography Made Easy by Shari Lynn Gardner  - featured on Jewelry Making Journal

Cameo set within a Silver Plated Bracelet Bar that has been Hand Painted and has a Hand made Beaded Chain

Second, you can purchase a light box, but it’s just as easy to buy a large clear plastic bin, turn it on its side, and slide a piece of white poster board on the bottom and up the back and put your new lights on either side of the box.

A lightbox can also be made of cardboard and cut out each side leaving a 1 inch boarder all the way around on each side and then use tracing paper to cover the box and still use poster board for the bottom and back.

Jewelry Photography Made Easy by Shari Lynn Gardner  - featured on Jewelry Making Journal

Here’s my lightbox and all I have to do is move the lights to either side of the box. The other half of the table has my tumbler and soldering station for my torches.

Lastly, the only thing you’ll need is a good photo editing program, such as PicMonkey, Photoshop, Lightbox, or PicsArt. As long as you can crop, adjust exposure if you need to, and add a watermark or border/frame, your pictures will look amazing, professional, and will definitely create more sales.

Oh, and you don’t need a fancy camera, all 3 of my jewelry pieces were photographed using my phone.

Shari Lynn Gardner
SLG Jewelry Designs
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Comments

  1. Your photos are really sharp and colorful, Shari Lynn – gorgeous! I also peeked at your photos on Etsy and your blog – lovely jewels with clear photos that do them justice. Thank you for generously sharing your jewelry photography methods.

  2. Can you be more specific about the bulbs? What is the wattage? Do you have a link to the ones you use? I have struggled with lighting for some time. The lights I use now are too yellow.

  3. Hi Elayne, I’m not Shari Lynn, but here are the light bulbs I use:
    Light Bulbs for Photographing Jewelry. Hope this helps! 🙂

  4. Colleen says:

    Thanks for the idea of the photo box! I made mine out of a cardboard box (what a pain) but it got out of wack during a move. Glad I can finally shoot the cumbersome thing away and grab one of the plastic bins! Thanks for sharing your beautiful work and great idea!

  5. Thanks Rena! What do you put them in, just a regular lamp? Or those silver cones? I wanted to get those but don’t know how to get them to stand up at the light box.

  6. You’re very welcome, Elayne! I detail my lamps in my Light Bulbs for Photographing Jewelry post, near the end of the post. Hope this helps! 🙂

  7. Perfect. Thanks again. I’m on it.

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