This image was requested by a client after I have’d previously done a few for them applying the knowledge I’d learned from Alex, specially the light cone for jewelry.
I have been photographing for a long time now, but I never studied photography. I did learned for a two to three years as a assistant of a renowned photographer here in Puerto Rico.
Later on I worked for a magazine here in PR called CARAS where I did different kinds of photography (Models, food, architecture, portraits, jewelry, etc.).
Well now I found Alex, and a whole new dimension opened up for me in photography. Law of reflection and refraction, diffusers, strip boxes had made a huge difference in my work.
Still exploring and learning.
This shot in particular, as I said before, was requested by a client. It is a price for the company personal achievement. When I saw the pieces, immediately a saw night, gowns, luxury, so I decided that it would look nice in a black background.
The gradient in the background, needed to be soft enough so that it would not take off the viewers attention from the jewelry set.
Having in mind this is for an ad, I tried to make a composition with enough negative space for the text involved, been the set almost the center of the page and the soft gradient the one to pull the eye towards the set.
I needed the set to look pretty sharp, simple, clean, and as if it was real expensive jewelry. This is a imitation, really non an expensive set, but needed to look the best it can.
With that in mind, I was looking for nice gradients on the silver, nice sharp and contrasty edges on the gems and for that the DIY cone did the best job. Creating nice gradient and placing the lights pretty.
The set had a defective earring and this was the only set available. So, I did the shot with both earrings then I erased the defective one and did a clipping path to the good one, including the shadow, and duplicated it. I did leave the gems of the original so that this will help distinguish the retouching and be less obvious that it is the same one.
The client was very pleased with the results and so am I. Thanks for Alex and Photigy for sharing their knowledge with others because this will promote that others like me keep on sharing what
we learn the way we received it.