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One Shot Course: Creative Jewelry Photography, Level 4 Instructor: Alex Koloskov and Genia Larionova

One Shot Course: Creative Jewelry Photography

Instructor: Alex Koloskov and Genia Larionova

This jewelry photography course is for you, if:

  • You have experience working in the studio, and understand your camera and basics of studio lighting.
  • Have access to studio light modifiers such as soft boxes, diffusers and reflectors, have a tripod, DSLR and professional strobe or continuos lighting.
  • Want to learn how to take a creative shots of jewelry

How not to lose passion in your photography: Go Creative!

This training video is an advanced to Pro level workshop that takes you through the shooting of a Na Hoku Wave pendant and chain. In the video you will see how to take a subject from rough concept through the entire shoot and all the way to post-production of the final image.

Alex Koloskov will take you step-by-step through the set up and shoot and provide you with everything you need to create a professional creative product shot that you will be proud to display in your portfolio.

In the second part, Alex is joined by professional retoucher Genia Larionova who will show you techniques that will improve on your image by making it the best that it can be in Adobe Photoshop.

Creative Jewelry Photography, Na Hoku Wave

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Course Breakdown:

Total Running Time: 3hr 25min

Level: Advanced

Part 1: Shooting Process: – 1hr 10min –

  • Lesson 1: Introduction - 9:05 -

    Alex begins this course by explaining that this is a one shot class that presents how to work with an intermediate level client – this is a client that has some idea of what kind of shot that they want, but not as detailed as a client with a full marketing department. Here you will learn what the concept of the shoot for the Na Hoku Wave pendant and chain.


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  • Lesson 2: Creating a Background – 12:08 –

    Looks at the background setup for this shot. Here you will see how the glass table was built. Next you will see how the light behind the seamless background affects the shot.


  • Lesson 3: Fixing the Subject – 9:07 –

    Demonstrates how to position the subject in front of the camera. While the hanging is pretty straight forward, you have to be aware of the difficulties in shooting Jewelry. This is because it is generally small in size and as such you have to get the lights and modifiers as well as the camera in close which lends itself to a very crowded space around the subject.


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  • Lesson 4: Building the Lighting Setup – 13:17 –

    Begins with setting up the focus and looking at the type of subject that you are shooting. This piece of jewelry is a glossy subject that has lots of metal and gem stones. In this lesson you will see how the proper use diffusers can help bring out the surface properly.


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  • Lesson 5: Tweaking the Shot – 8:35 –

    Will show you how through the use of contrast lighting you can bring out the shadows and highlights. This will allow the glossiness of the metal to show through. You will also see how to eliminate the reflections of unwanted objects on your subject.


  • Lesson 6: Creating Waves and Finalizing the Shot – 9:00 –

    Shows you how to generate movement in the shot. Here Alex shows you a couple different ways that you can create the ripple effect in the water and capture it in the camera.


  • Lesson 7: Conclusion – 3:43 –

    Finishes up with a summary the shooting of the Na Hoku Wave neckless and pendent.


Part 2: Post-Production: – 2hr 15min –


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  • Lesson 1: Image Evaluation - 10:49 –

    Begins by evaluating image for use in post-processing. Then you will see how to begin the processing using Adobe Camera Raw. Once the initial processing is compete then it is opened as a Smart Object in Adobe Photoshop. From there cleaning up some of the brown colors in the image as well as some of the metallic parts is in order.


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  • Lesson 2: Working with Pearl - 6:35 -

    Takes on making adjustments to the colors of the pearl inlay that is in this neckless. You will use masking to refine your adjustments. You will see how to reduce some of the noise in the image as well.


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  • Lesson 3: Cleaning Metal Part 1 - 6:05 -

    Here you will learn how to adjust the metal parts of the pendant and then clean up the lines that form the pendant. Using blur and mask techniques you will be able clean up much of the dust and other distractions.


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  • Lesson 4: Using Liquify Tool - 9:08 -

    You will see how to use the Liquify too to make the lines straighter and cleaner looking.  Through the systematic use of this tool you can make things smoother giving the subject an overall better appearance.



  • Lesson 4.5: Fixing Glossy Metal - 53:50 -

    Continues with the prior lesson and now focuses on the main body of the pendant. Here you will watch in detail how to clean up all of the metal areas and get everything looking balanced and straight.


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  • Lesson 5: Highlights and Metal Polish - 9:10 -

    This video shows how to add and enhance the white highlights to make the pendant pop. This will make the shiny metal look much shinier and give the overall image a better glow without hurting the texture and surface look. You also see how to clean up dirt using blur.


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  • Lesson 6: Working with Diamonds - 14:26 -

    Through the use of various techniques you will examine how to make the diamonds pop. That includes fixing the white and black areas to provide better definition. You will see how to use masking to isolate areas to make specific adjustments.


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  • Lesson 7: Water Surface Retouching - 4:32 -

    This lesson looks at how to clean up the water surface using blurring techniques to eliminate unwanted sensor particles, distracting lines, and other things that may prove to be distracting to the image.


  • Lesson 8: Polishing Metal Part 2 - 14:55 -

    Noise reduction is used to make the metal look smoother and more polished. Then you will see other techniques to finish up the image to make it really look its best.


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    Full size layered PSD file for your own homework


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  • When I have a question or trouble getting a shot, can I ask the instructor for help?

    – Yes! As a course student, you will be a part of a private group and forum, where you can ask the instructor any question and/or post your results for review. We encourage you to participate in this group!

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Course Curriculum

Na Hoku wave: 1st lesson 00:09:00
Na Hoku wave: 2nd lesson 00:12:00
Na Hoku wave: 3rd lesson 00:09:00
Na Hoku wave: 4th lesson 00:13:00
Na Hoku wave: 5th lesson 00:09:00
Na Hoku wave: 6th lesson 00:09:00
Na Hoku wave: 7th lesson 00:09:00
Na Hoku wave: Post-Production 1 00:11:00
Na Hoku wave: Post-Production 2 00:07:00
Na Hoku wave: Post-Production 3 00:06:00
Na Hoku wave: Post-Production 4 00:09:00
Na Hoku wave: Post-Production 4.5 00:57:00
Na Hoku wave: Post-Production 5 00:09:00
Na Hoku wave: Post-Production 6 00:15:00
Na Hoku wave: Post-Production 7 00:05:00
Na Hoku wave: Post-Production 8 00:15:00
Na Hoku wave Downloads 00:01:00

Course Reviews


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  1. Nice course for intermidiate photoshop user


    Good course for those who start retouching and photography, but already know the basics, for me there were couple of tricks I did not use in photography before. A bit long and slow explanations on my taste, but again for those who are non advanced would be great.



    Great idea – Loved the creativity. Just a thought…….perhaps for the older folks like myself subtitles might be helpful….although I loved Genia’s work, for me, in a number of areas Genia was talking very low….although I did turn the audio up – it was still difficult to hear……but that could just be my ears…..Great job. Thanks Alex and Genia!

  3. A Truly Magical Tutorial!


    Alex you have done it again! A great commercial shot is easy when someone great teaches you the principals of creating the Magic. You are truly a master craftsman and I really appreciate the opportunity to learn from you in this course. Genia is also a true professional. Her knowledge in post production is tremendous. Thanks for the detailed explanations and for a really informative course that I have come to love from Photigy!
    This is my 12th course and they keep getting better. Keep up the Great Work!
    Best Regards, John D.

  4. Great Jewelry Course


    If you ever wondered how did they get that shot, then this is the course for you. In the first half of the course Alex explains and shows how he set up the shot, from how he hung the necklace to how he made the water look like it never ends. Its learning these behind the scene tricks of the trade that helps you grow as a photographer.

    Ever wonder why your jewelry images don’t look like the ones you see in the magazines? Then you’ll want too watch the second half of this course were Genia takes you step by step through the process of refining this image, making the final image ready for any magazine cover.

  5. Thank you Alex. Great Tutorial.


    I really liked the shooting part. I like your lighting and item mounting techniques. Thank you. Post production part is very informative but a little bit long. Also I think it would be great idea if you upload camera raw files, also.

  6. Review The Wave


    I’ve really enjoyed this course! It gives a lot of useful information both for the studio settings as well as fot post processing. The post processing parts are sometimes really long and (ahem) boring. But Alex and Genia let you see all the details about this part of the job.

    Highly recommended!

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