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Q: I would be grateful for some advice.
We need to photograph hundreds of items of jewelry and
post them on our web site. We have a good quality light
box and are willing to invest in a suitable (reasonably
priced) camera for this job alone.
Our local camera shop has allowed us to try out several
digital cameras but the results are very poor. Gray background
and poor contrast. We found some articles online
about adjusting the white balance and attempted to
improve matters but only ended up with shades of gray.
With a camera and light box of this quality surely the
problem is with us? Thanks in advance.
Rosen & Michaels Ltd.
A: You're not going to like this, but I would advise you
to find a professional jewelry photographer to do this
for you, but ask for some sample shots first.
A portrait or fashion photographer may not have the
skills to do a good job at this either! Buying an expensive
camera does not make someone an expert in jewelry
photography, as you are now discovering, and
manipulating images of close-up digital photography is
not easy either!
Photographing Diamond, Gold, Sterling, Gemstone,
Pearl , Platinum, alone or in any combination for jewelry
designers and jewelry catalogs is a meticulous craft,
and it requires a great deal of experience.
A 'good light box' is also unlikely to give the lighting
you are going to need - a good lighting setup for this sort
of work (strobe or tungsten) would cost more than
you would want to spend.
But most importantly the experience of a professional
jewelry photographer is what you need to invest in so
that you get your desired results repeatedly. Quality
delivered on demand has a great value!
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