The Beauty and Sadness of Jewelry Photography Retouching.
This is a re-post about jewelry photography from our retoucher’s blog, www.PerfectPhotoBlog.com with some additions I’ve made to make things more interesting:-)
by Genia Larionova:
This is the before and after post production and 100% crop from one of our commercial jewelry photography assignments last year. Posting to show the amount of work required from a jewelry retoucher, when the jewelry is worn and not clean. Sometimes I had to almost completely re-create part of the item: it appears to be faster than trying to restore lost finish and colors.
Note: Most of the “before” images came from pure RAW files with default raw converter settings, before any adjustments.
We made about 50 images for a talented jewelry designer Elizabeth Dupree Lynch for her Fine Jewelry collection. All jewelry was hand crafted by an Italian jewelry master; therefore, retouching was not easy. It took us many hours (big thanks to my helper Anna Yenina:-) to do it.
All “before” objects showed as-is (Camera RAW default settings) photo without focus stacking applied. The first image from a sequence is what you’ll see. Images “after” have a focus stacking applied.
I am going to do “focus staking in Photoshop cs5″ post next time, but for now you can check out this photography video tutorial how we do a focus stacking.
Some images may look overdone, (especially at 100% crop), but this is what we were able to do considering the items’ condition (not new) and an extremely tight schedule for post production.
Jewelry Photography Heavy Retouching: Before and After
This shot (above) was composed using the focus stacking technique, and “before” is a single shot from the sequence. See 100% crop from the stacked version before the cleaning and after below
Another example of jewelry and how to use digital background in jewelry photography. Note the additional contrast and “over sharpening” on the small gemstones around the large one.
100% crop from the image above. Again: cleaning, adding contrast, and smoothing scratches without killing the details.
This image was combined from two different shots in one, below:
100% crop for the above. Crazy amount of work to make this earring look shiny and new:-)
Hope this post was interesting. If so, most likely you’d like to check out the rest of our jewelry photography projects:
Also, take a look at Jewelry Photography Masterclass Alex has recently, right now I am working on the post-production part of it. Soon we’ll have it released, stay tuned!