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Learn how to use light painting in jewelry photography

This course is for jewelry photographers, and it is about light painting technique that you can use in your jewelry photography work. 

After taking this course photographer will know how to create stunning artistic jewelry images with a single light. 

Unlike with most jewelry and product photography, there are no light modifiers that will be needed: we did not use softboxes, diffusers or reflectors for this course. Only a camera with a macro lens, LED light and a few other DIY things were used to create the images for this course.

Instructor: Alex Koloskov & Genia Larionova

About The Course

Pros and Cons of the Light Painting technique from this photography course:

  • Low-Cost Lighting Setup: Setup: No special lighting gear is required, you can do light painting with any flashlight or LED fixture (more about this during the course gear lesson)
  • Unique Look For Gemstones: With a special technique shown in this jewelry photography course photographer will be able to create a very detailed image of large gemstones, with a unique look of internal and external facets, and create the best look for a jewelry piece.
  • Easy Background Color Switching: Ability to switch between white/black and any other background without changing the composition or re-mounting the jewelry piece. 
  • Creative Look For True Artistic Jewelry Work: With light painting, a photographer is not limited by the shape/size of light modifiers which allows creating a true artistic photos for the most beautiful jewelry pieces.
  • Since Focus Stacking is not possible, the photographer is limited by the maximum DOF (depth of field) of the lens. Therefore, a good macro lens is more preferable. More about this on the course’s gear lesson.
  • Light Painting won’t work for a catalog-style image, where repeatable results (same look) is required. 

This course is for you, if you are:

  • Beginner in jewelry photography or a hobbyist looking  for an easy way to start taking images of jewelry, watches and small crafts without spending money on studio equipment.

  • Experienced product/jewelry photographer who are looking for ways to add new, more creative techniques to make their pictures of jewelry standout and will attract more customers and make photography their business more competitive in the market place.

  • Jewelry maker that want to create artistic images of their own products, without hiring a professional photographer and those who want to learn specifics of creating a variety of different image styles for your commercial clients.

Gear requirements:

  1. Mirrorless or DSLR camera, 50-150mm lens (macro lens is necessary for subjects smaller than 6-10 inches)
  2. LED flashlight or LED lighting fixture that can be used hand-held.
  3. Camera Tripod (heavier is better)
  4. Remote camera shutter release or tethered connection to a computer running a tethered shooting software
  5. Adobe Photoshop (CS6 or latest cloud editions)

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Images from this jewelry photography course 

Watch photography light painting - athe image from the course
jewelry photography light painting - athe image from the course
jewelry photography - moonstrone ring light painting - athe image from the course
jewelry photography - golden ring light painting - athe image from the course
jewelry photography - golden ring light painting - athe image from the course

Two More Examples Of Light Painting

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FAQ:

Is there a way to ask an instructor a question/to show my work and get a feedback?

Yes,  you can ask an instructor, as well as get a feedback on your work. We have a support forum for this course where you can ask questions, get answers, and feedback from your instructor.

What camera , lens and lighting do I need to have in order to use this course and make similar photos?

Please refer to a “required gear” section of this page above

Student's Feedback

Hello everyone, Today is a very very big day, I just got my very first cllient (who pay me :)) for Still life photography, Jewelery to be more specific!!! It's a very big step for me, and I...Read more

Rémi Poulverel‎

Rémi Poulverel‎

photographer

Dear Alex, thank you sooooo much for all your help! You are wonderful. I wish I found Photigy years ago. I don't feel so alone any longer in my struggle with learning about jewellery photography....Read more

Laima Marcin

Laima Marcin

photographer

Course Curriculum

Theory and Gear
Light Painting for Jewelry Photographers: Course Introduction and Gear FREE 00:30:00
Light Painting for Jewelry Photographers: How to paint with the light 00:08:00
Practice: Shooting
Light Painting for Jewelry Photographers: Shooting Gold Ring #1 00:22:00
Light Painting for Jewelry Photographers: Shooting Gold Ring #2 00:16:00
Light Painting for Jewelry Photographers: Shooting Blue Ring #1 00:13:00
Light Painting for Jewelry Photographers: Shooting Blue Ring #2 00:06:00
Light Painting for Jewelry Photographers: Moonstone ring photography 00:12:00
Light Painting for Jewelry Photographers: Watch shot 00:32:00
Light Painting for Jewelry Photographers: Final Thoughts 00:07:00
Post-Production
Light Painting, Blue Ring: Post-Production, part 1 00:32:00
Light Painting, Blue Ring: Post-Production, part 2 00:07:00
Light Painting, Blue Ring: Post-Production, part 3 00:25:00
Light Painting, Moonstone Ring: Post-Production, part 1 00:14:00
Light Painting, Moonstone Ring: Post-Production, part 2 00:18:00
Light Painting, Moonstone Ring: Post-Production, part 3 00:28:00
Light Painting, Pink Ring on White: Post-Production, part 1 00:15:00
Light Painting, Pink Ring on White: Post-Production, part 2 00:18:00
Light Painting, Pink Ring on White: Post-Production, part 3 00:31:00
Light Painting, Pink Ring on White: Post-Production, part 4 00:06:00
Light Painting, The Watch: Post-Production, part 1 00:15:00
Light Painting, The Watch: Post-Production, part 2 00:13:00
Light Painting, The Watch: Post-Production, part 3 00:18:00

Course Reviews

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  1. Profile photo of Jean Fillipe

    Brilliant course

    5

    Thank you. Very practical this technique. Indispensable to any photographer jewelry or even non-professionals. Thanks Alex Koloskov and Genia Larionova

  2. Profile photo of JOHN D.

    Light Painting for Jewelry Course

    5

    Hi Alex,
    Another great course! You took the time to explain the shooting process and all the details that make the post production part easier for the retoucher. In this case that would be me. Genia did a good job as always to show the viewer her process of retouching and what parts are important to enhance.
    Thanks again I learned a lot!
    Best Regards, John.

  3. Profile photo of Nam Jumel

    Great way to learn lighting for jewelry

    5

    Love this course. I do not have much experience in product or jewelry photography, but the way Alex and Genia explained, it made it easy! Already start working on my own images, and so far love the results.
    Great course, definitely recommend!
    P.S The sound on post-production is weak, but it was not a problem, volume up and good to go:-)

  4. Profile photo of Gregory

    Bad Sound Quality

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    The sound quality on the retouching section is really bad, there is a lot of echo making it very hard to understand the person speaking. Also, the person has a pretty strong accent making it very difficult to understand. Also the person speaking, mumbles making it even worse. All-in-all I would give the whole course a 3 out of 10

    • Profile photo of Alex Koloskov

      Gregory,
      Sad to know that it was hard for you to hear our retoucher. She is a very shy person and does not speak loud, true. I still think that anyone can get what is going on by watching what she is doing. Photoshop is all about using right tools for right tasks, and Genia does an amazing work.
      Thanks for the feedback, we appreciate it!

  5. Profile photo of Amal

    5

    I can’t still download these videos from Photigy. I would like to download and save a files video to my computer..

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