I don’t have a Cloud Dome yet, but hope to purchase one very soon,
and use it with both digital & 35 mm film cameras which I also will
However in December a friend visited me, and photographed several of
my enamel jewelry pieces with her Nikon Coolpix Digital, and her
She was able to transport her Cloud Dome minimal effort, and space
in her vehicle. It took a very short time to set up in my studio, on
one small table with two lights, each shot took only moments, and
the shots were all very good.
I’ve photographed jewelry many times in the past, with more
elaborate set ups, and had mixed results, some were only okay, some
were pretty good, and some were good enough for magazine images, but
they all took a lot of time to get set up, achieve good depth of
field, correct metal colors, and alleviate the darkest of shadows
and reflections, it usually took more space for the set up, plus
tripod and cloth blinds to diffuse the lighting. I don’t really have
the space for that sized set up in the studio space anymore. So I’m
enthusiastic about the size of the Cloud Dome, and that it is also a
mount for the camera as well as a light defuser… compact, quick
and easy to set up, and transport.
The shots my friend recently took with her Cloud Dome are up on my
website in Gallery 4 if you’d like to see them. Click on the thumbs,
(please note the thumbs of each shot were originally done on a
scanner) behind the thumb size images, I have replaces the scanned
stuff with the New Cloud Dome & Nikon Coolpix shots. They are much
better than the scanned images I had done.
I also had the large tiff. file shots we took, made into slides and
I have used them to apply to several art shows, I’ve gotten in all
of them so far.
My friend also recently wrote an article about how she takes her
photos and she includes info. about how she sets up her Cloud Dome,
lights and background paper etc… in that article. I posted a link
to the article on Orchid a while back but I’ll add it in again.
Also Many people on Orchid have posted info. on their experiences
with the Cloud Dome, numerous times in the past, there are over 100
posts in the archives if you search “Cloud Dome” and set the search
to “ALL” years in the orchid archives on the site. Some really
useful posts, the subject has been really well covered.
I hope you receive all the answers you need on the subject.