Any jewelry — rings, bracelets, or necklaces — presents a unique set of challenges, especially when taking professional photos of them. Most jewelry comes with small and reflective features that staging and creating a setup for it tends to be complicated. While it may seem tricky at first glance, having the right know-how allows you to get started with no problem. We will guide you in preparing and planning for your setup, staging the subject, and taking your best shots.
Know Your Jewelry Photography Setup Must-Haves
To produce high-quality photos, you need to have a good setup right from the very start. Before nailing your setup, know first the necessary materials, tools, and equipment you need to photograph jewelry items as good as possible.
Plain, White, and Clean Backdrop
Jewelry often comes with intricate details. If you use a busy backdrop for your setup, your main subject loses the attention it needs. So, as much as you want to use your company’s brand colors or a printed backdrop, think first whether it can benefit the presentation of the main subject of your photo or not.
Professional or Smartphone Camera
Any type of camera will do as long as it can produce a good photo. Many would think that a high-end device is all that you need to create an impressive output. However, your camera is only a part of your setup; it does not sum up the whole. So, whatever device you have right now, that would already suffice.
Tripod or Smartphone Mount
Invest in a quality tripod or smartphone mount, depending on what camera you will use. Sure, you can always make do with any flat and even surface. But nothing beats the flexibility and convenience that comes in a tripod. With it, you can conveniently steady your camera and avoid taking shaky photos.
Proper Light Source
When it comes to taking photographs of small and intricate items like jewelry, you need to have adequate lighting. You can choose between natural lighting or studio lighting equipment. Along with that, you can make use of a fill light or reflector to ensure that you will capture evenly lit photos.