How Do I Photograph Jewelry and Long Crystals?

by Susan Cowles.
(United States)

How Do I Photograph Jewelry and Long Crystals? by Susan Cowles  - Discussion on Jewelry Making Journal

Help!!! I want to start selling my jewelry online.

I also make long sun crystal hangings. How do I photograph these??
What cameras & lenses are you using?

The crystals are super hard, they range from 12″ to 4 ft long.
Any ideas that you have found useful I will appreciate.

Also, who do you recommend for help setting up a website??
Also, then do you like Etsy or Facebook or??

I can do nothing until I figure out my photography??
I feel overwhelmed & stuck……

Susan Cowles
Art for the Fun of It

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  • Cat says:

    What a great idea…. and I can hardly wait to see your creations,

    Check out similar items on Pinterest, Etsy, etc. to see how they’re being displayed and photographed.

    Good luck!

  • Jean says:

    I’ve found lots of ideas for product photography by Googling “food photography” and particularly from a web site called The Bite Shot. Food bloggers have many of the same issues regarding camera settings, backdrops, lighting, etc. You can also find good information by searching “flat lay photography” which is used more generally by bloggers on lots of different topics.

  • Lynn says:

    I’m no expert on this topic, but I can offer a few tips that I learned by trial and error. First, keep your backgrounds free of clutter as much as possible when photographing jewelry indoors. Use neutral colors as backdrops. Avoid anything with prominent or busy patterns; the jewelry will get “lost” in them. My favorite place to photograph jewelry is outdoors when there’s a bright overcast and no sun. You won’t need any artificial lighting; Mother Nature provides ideal lighting conditions for you on days like this. The trick is being available and prepared to take advantage of them. Get as close to your subject as your camera will allow. If your camera has close-up/macro capacity, be sure to use it. You want viewers to be able to see the details and craftsmanship you’ve put into your pieces. Including some close-ups is extremely important if you plan to sell your work online. Finally, look through fashion magazines and mail order catalogs to get ideas for presenting or styling your work when it’s being photographed. Note how items similar to yours are shown. Are they photographed from above, from the side or from below? Is there a prop of some sort in the photo? If so, is it acting as a physical support for displaying the jewelry or is it just there to provide visual interest? You can get lots of great “staging” ideas by looking at ads and using those ideas to photograph your own designs. Hope this helps you a little…sending you best wishes for your success!

  • Kathryn says:

    Photography of reflective surfaces is very tricky, but my glass artist friend helped me. We built a box skeleton from PVC pipe with straight pipes and the elbow parts to hold them together. Draw it on paper, a complete rectangular or square, the size of the art piece. Buy the parts at the hardware dept. and just pop it together. Take a white fabric, like a bed sheet and cover the box on all sides but the front. I placed my box on a table outside for good lighting. If outside, as you look through the camera, look carefully for any reflections. Turn table slightly until you don’t. If indoors, you can use lights on either side of the box to cancel out any reflections. It works perfectly. You just have to get the light right.
    Website…build your own simply with Weebly
    Wix or Folioist or just use a Facebook business page.

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