The topic of “Which camera?” seems to be a common and recurring one
here, but it’s usually the wrong question.
The camera is simply a tool used to capture the image; it does not
improve or degrade the image, by itself. “Good” images are a product
of proper lighting, composition, camera use, and post-processing;
the camera is only a part of it.
It’s sort of like “What’s the best torch?”. That seems like a
reasonable question, if you are new. Those with experience know that
there are a variety of torches that can “do the job”, but success is
more related to gas choices, flame control, stoichiometrics, and
experience than it is to brand of torch.
Having said that, there ARE some features that are either necessary
or desirable in a digital camera intended for jewelry photography,
and they are often overlooked.
Within the next two weeks (shameless promotion here) my jeweler’s
guide “Jewelry Photography Made Simple” will be available on CD.
Based on 47 years of photographic experience with small objects,
including jewelry, flatware and loose precious gems, I think it’s a
good one, and so do others who have reviewed it.
I would be happy to provide an excerpt that addresses the features
to look for in a digital camera (for photographing jewelry) here, if
that’s appropriate, or alternatively, you could contact me and I can
forward that section to you.
In short, it’s about the lighting, not the camera, but some camera
features sure help make it easy…and, no, light tents are not
always the best, or even a good choice, for objects with shiny
Glad to help if I can…