I used to have a Canon Power Shot, but knowing nothing about photography and needing to take pictures of jewelry – I would waste countless hours taking pictures and not getting the results I wanted. After my camera burned up in the fire that destroyed my home, I looked into iPhones. I ended up purchasing an iPhone 7 plus.
Although it’s easier to take pictures with the iPhone vs the Canon, photographing jewelry still requires the correct lighting and backdrops. I do have a light box and props for photographing my jewelry, but it’s still a learning experience. I take about 50 to 100 pictures of one piece or set of jewelry for ten perfect photos to use. I have found that using a black background definitely makes my jewelry stand out better than using a white background, but I do use props to give different angles.
This next jewelry set was taken on a white background and it doesn’t look nearly as beautiful as the one above on the black background. It doesn’t stand out.
But this ring was taken on a clear over white background, and the silver stands out from the white. So the clear prop in these photos helps the ring.
Same with this pic, the lace helps the silver stand out instead of just blending into the white background.
The wood prop in this photo allows the earrings to hang down and show the cascade of all the wrapped stone beads. It doesn’t show the ear wires. The lichen brings out the green in the earrings.
These simple drop earrings display well hung on just a branch covered in lichen with a piece of scrapbook paper with a simple design on it. If you look closely, you can see all of the copper flecks in these blue goldstone gems.
When photographing jewelry, you can make your own light box, take pictures in natural light, or buy a light box. I would recommend buying a light box. Which light box you decide to buy depends on your wallet, but make sure it’s large enough to hold your biggest props and has both white and black backdrops and comes with sturdy lights.
What to buy, where to buy – this depends on what you’re after. What’s your brand? What type of jewelry do you make? If you make sea glass type jewelry, you might want to look into seashells, starfish as your props. If you create rings, you’ll want props that show your rings at different angles. Earrings look great on branches, or even hanging on metal fences for an urban feel. You can find props anywhere – local craft stores, parks, online, even pet stores. The sky is the limit for props.
Editing apps are your friends. Make sure to edit your photos. Crop them, adjust them, add more light if you need to. Edit, edit, edit. Take more pictures if you need to. When I start taking pictures of my jewelry again, I will have to look at more apps because the one that I purchased years ago doesn’t give me everything I want now. Don’t be afraid to use all of the different tools on your editing app – that’s the only way you’ll learn what each one does.
And remember think of photographing jewelry as a new art.