MyStudio Jewelry Photography Tips and Techniques – Pt. 1

Tips from a professional photographer on how to get professional results fast when photographing jewelry with the MyStudio MS20J tabletop photo studio with j…

May 17, 2013 on at this URL by OldTimer.


18 thoughts on “MyStudio Jewelry Photography Tips and Techniques – Pt. 1

  • I agree with you. I’m sure it’s much easier to photograph jewelry (or other small objects) using a stand or prop, rather than trying to photograph them directly from above. You would need a whole new setup.

  • I was having such a problem the background color. Anything I was using to lay the jewelry on did not work, the color always changed once I downloaded the photo , but when you put the items on that “dated” stand, I said YES!! I have plenty of those – put it on the stand and it solved my coloration problems. Thank you for taking your time and posted the video. Evie

  • thnx for the great upload,
    i am the owner of two jewelley shop,and i just bought canon 1100D 18-55, 55-250 for jewellery purpose. and planning to buy macro lens also,
    i was told that i need a external flash around $273, but i guess after seeing this video has saved my money and will build light tent like this since its not available in India i guess.

    it really helped, and will share my experiance once will have hands on all equips.

  • – Thanks for the comment. You are right in the sense that most jewelry photos do not actually show the items on a display stand. However, the purpose of most of the props in the jewelry kit are to enable you to hang or position your jewelry in a natural manner so they are easier to photograph in close, usually without the actual prop showing. The majority of the final photos in the video also only show the piece of jewelry rather than the whole stand. The props just help.

  • This is a technically good tutorial but the use of jewellery stands is extremely dated. No self-respecting modern online jewellery shop and/or fashion shop is using jewellery displays in their jewellery photography. In a category overview it would look messy, unprofessional and dated. Check charmandchain, net-a-porter, maxandchloe, barneys or topshop if you don’t believe me.

  • – the answer is the best camera and lens that I have available. To get the best photos I would recommend at least using a DSLR camera (one with interchangeable lenses). Canon and Nikon both make good entry level DSLR’s with decent kit lenses (you would want to use the max zoom on the kit lens). Even better would be to use a Macro lens as MDCCCLXXIV suggested.

  • I would probably use a 90 or 100mm macro lens. Can have more distance between the object and less distorsion

  • – I would use the 50mm. The lens most likely has a larger aperture than the 18-55 so you can get shallower depth of field and faster shutter speeds, and the longer lens you have the more you will compress the background.

  • – It really depends on the shape of the piece of jewelry and the look I am going for. If it is rather flat, say a bracelet lying flat or just the face of a watch, I will start around F/4 or so, and about 1/20 or 1/30 shutter speed and then adjust from there (obviously use a tripod with slow shutter speeds like that). If it is an intricate ring or something where I need a lot of depth I will usually go F11. Shutter speed will depend on your lighting source if you’re using your own.

  • Great answer. Thanks! I agree with you. Flash can often be too much.
    What shutter speed and aperture do you normally use together with the light tent?
    Perhaps I can use my external flash, or some lamp, from the top to light up the tent instead of the jewelry piece? 🙂

  • – I avoid using flash when photographing jewelry. Jewelry is generally highly reflective and flash often creates blown out (overexposed) areas or “hot spots” which create a harsh overall look to the jewelry and take away detail. Soft, even light is preferred which is why I’m using the MyStudio MS20 photo studio. So yes, I definitely recommend using the MyStudio MS20 or similar light box or tent to create wrap around lighting.

  • Do you ever use the flash for jewelry photography?
    Does the “tent” and other lights make the flash unnecessary?

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