This is part three of my photography tips. If you haven’t read the first two, do so! [Edit. Look here for post #1 or post #2]
Now that the lighting is all correct, here are some more tips on photographing problem jewelry.
Problem 1 - Photographing Hanging Jewelry
Sometimes, a pendant or earrings just look better hanging. This is how to setup a display. Take some 18 gauge annealed steel wire and bend it as shown below.
Tape it so that it hangs between the two boxes. Be sure to have the white mat board propped against the back box making a white backdrop. Hang the wire higher for long pieces or in the middle of the height of the boxes for earrings and short items.
Problem 2 - Photographing Hanging Earrings
Simply hanging earrings on the wire doesn’t mean they will face the way you want them to hang. One earring always wants to face the wrong way.
Glue dots to the rescue! Use a small glue dot under each wire and position the earring at the desired angle.
If you have photo editing software there are two ways to finish this photo. Either crop off the top removing the wire, or use a clone tool to cover up the wire.
Problem 3 - Photographing a Hanging Pendant
If the pendant hangs straight without tilting to the side, then hang it from the top of the mat board. Position the camera so that it is slightly lower than the pendant and aimed upward. This keeps the shot from looking flat.The downside to photographing the pendant laying against the mat board is that it has darker shadows behind it. If you don't want the shadows in the chain and behind the piece, then hang it using the next option.
If the pendant doesn't hang flat, like the one shown in series 2, then drape it over the wire used for hanging earrings. This technique will also soften the shadows behind the pendant.
Until next time, have fun claying around!
by Janet Alexander