I am working on a series of tutorials (not sure what to name it yet , but the idea is to develop a very non-expensive DIY lighting and shooting technique to produce stunning results, so jewelry designers and hobbyists can build and use it.
The idea came from +Genia Larionova‘s hobby. She and few her friends create hand-made gemstone jewelry and they all need good photos of them, without spending much $$ to hire a pro photographer or buying professional lighting/camera. I know most hobbyists don’t have the budget for pro photography anyway, so why not try to help them out?
I’m sure such tutorials will be interesting for photographers as well, as I’ll be explaining all the ins and outs of the shooting process.
This example below was created using pro camera and lighting (very simple setup though), and the second step would be to repeat these shots (we actually did 10+ jewelry pieces) using $50 lighting setup, similar to this.
Like I said previously, I’ve created these with pro strobe lighting and a serious camera. So it will be even more interesting to see our next steps when we’ll use cheapo stuff for both, camera and lighting.
Now, the lighting setup: a stripbox form the right, spot light from the left. The Stripbox was a fill light and the spot is the key. Pretty simple combination, isn’t it? If you look closer at the first image above you’ll see the reflection from each light source (well visible on a spherical gem).
DIY shooting table, I found that it is easier to use such small and flexible table rather than my monster Manfrotto large shooting table.
By adjusting position of both lights I was getting the desired look: for less transparent gems I had lighting more on top, for more transparent I was lowering both lights (especially key light, spot on the left) so it will penetrate gems and show the real 9refracted, not reflected) color.
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Now with the video, enjoy:
Update: The book is out!
This e-book is about jewelry photography.
Hope you’ve got the idea:-) Now go ahead and start playing with LED lights: soon I’ll show you more:-)