How to Photograph Tiny Earrings?

by Nancy Keane.

How to Photograph Tiny Earrings? Discussion on Jewelry Making Journal

I need advice on photographing tiny earrings so that they look as delicate as they are while still showing details and looking as important as larger pieces.

Unfortunately, the small items end up looking the same size as large pieces.

For uniformity I normally photograph against a white background using a macro lens and natural light.

I don’t care for the look of photographing them against a coin.

Any ideas?

Nancy Keane
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  • Sarah S. says:

    ear model

  • Kyle Heath says:

    Hi Nancy, you could keep doing photos the same way, but use a secondary picture to show the size context. You could use a mannequin or model for the second shot if you didn’t want to use a coin. You could also take a photo of the item in a “scene,” like on a nice table with some decorations.

    Hope this helps!

  • Mary Morris says:

    You could photograph them in a hand.

  • Another idea is to indicate the size in the name (ex. Bitty Bobbi) or list the tiny ones as petite or mini earrings.

  • Great suggestions above! Also, what about photographing the earrings next to a ruler (a ruler with both millimeters and inches so everyone can understand the scale)? And in your description / sales copy for the tiny earrings, you’d list their dimensions (again, in both millimeters and inches) to make the size clear to everyone.

  • Nancy Keane says:

    Thank you all so much for your help. Yes, there are some great suggestions there, and at least one that is brilliant but a “duh” moment, lol … that would be Cindy’s idea of indicating the size in the name. I already list the dimensions in inches, but not in mm, perhaps I should add that. We’re going to an event tomorrow at a jewelry tool shop in Orlando, I’m going to see if they have an ear model. I know they have mini ones, but I need something sized realistically. And photographing them in a hand … another great idea!

    Thanks again, you are all wonderful!!!

  • Laura says:

    Hi Nancy. I had the same problem. I photographed my earrings in my hand and gave sizes in the description and still had people complain that they were smaller than they thought they would be. So I would suggest a real model to show them on an ear.

  • I have a friend who made her own ear model by sketching a human head in profile on a large white piece of flexible plastic. She pierced a hole in the earlobe. Now she uses that drawing (life sized) to photograph earrings and even necklaces which she threads through two additional holes she placed on either side of the neck portion of the sketch. It makes for fun and realistically sized images.

  • Sue Runyon says:

    That’s a great idea, Lady Mockingbird.

    Sadly, no matter what you do or how many ways you show and describe the size, there will be people who don’t pay attention. Also, with mobile tech, they don’t always see every photo or description. The only thing you can do is use every method you can to show the piece in various ways and describe and title it very accurately in both metric and imperial measurements.

    I would always choose a ruler with both metric and imperial measurements instead of any coin. International buyers will not be familiar with all coins.

  • I saw a very clever way to photograph earrings on Etsy. The shop owner took a photo of her own head, facing left, and glued a life-size copy of it on cardboard. Then she put her own earring designs in a hole punched into the ear of her photo. She interchanged all the earrings she had made by displaying them on her own photo. Her photos looked quite realistic.

    You could easily take a fashion magazine and scan/enlarge a fashion model’s profile to do the same thing! Cheap, yet elegant and realistic way to show the size of the earring.

  • Nancy Keane says:

    So many helpful ideas! Thank you all so very much!!!

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