(841 Washington Street, Holliston, MA)
Not everyone is a photographer, but since we are selling, promoting or just showing off our jewelry we need to post professional looking pictures.
Here are my top 5 tips I learned from other jewelry designers, photography pros and of course Pinterest!
1. White backgrounds are the best and clearest way to sell something. No distractions and clean looking. I take photos on a white sheet of paper in natural light. More on that in the next tip.
2. I bought an inexpensive folding light box and I add my white piece of paper to the bottom. I got it from Amazon ( just search portable light box or inexpensive light box). My light box plugs into my computer usb with bright LED lights.
3. I use my iPhone. My Nikon sadly has been collecting dust but I will need it to take pictures for any print materials like posters or banners. I take most of my online pix with my phone. My phone takes good pictures for all types of media but my Nikon can take a really high resolution photo if I need to blow one up for a poster. So far I don’t need it.
4. Natural light is your friend. I like to take a few pictures with a clean background and maybe one or two either in or on my hand so you can tell size, on a person, on natural wood or stone. Whatever is more towards your jewelry style. I don’t take pics in direct sunlight but in a slight shadow or a slightly overcast day. Avoid taking pictures at 12:00 pm. Noon created the harshest shadows in most areas. Also depends where you are but I heard noon isn’t the best.
5. Editing! So important. I am obsessed with fotofuze.com to clean up my background. It is so easy to use- you just trace with the highlighter over the area you want to keep and it whightens the background. I love using it. I also use the app Enlight, to brighten the colors and add text if needed.
I hope this helps you take photos of your awesome jewelry!!!!!