Hi Karen, About the special book, there is a member of Orchid who
literally “wrote the book” on jewelry photography, so I am sure he
will respond to your post. If he doesn’t then ask again or look in
the archives… I’m afraid I can’t remember who that was.
However, about digital cameras, I can tell you one thing… Nikon,
Nikon, Nikon. There are many digital cameras out there, but each
uses it’s own mathematical jpeg algorithm and video CCD chip for
taking and storing the pictures. Nikon, originally being photo
people, seem to have made a chip that most closely resembles old
style photography, while many of the cameras from Sony etc, are more
like video stills in picture quality. The Mavica line is a perfect
example of this. The “quality” I am speaking of is not related to the
megapixels or resolution per se, it is more like the color and
contrast range is subtler on the Nikon. (I’ve always wanted to say
the words “per se” and now I have!) I myself have a Nikon Coolpix
900. It has a pretty good macro setting for the lens too, so you can
take fairly close up photos, like about 6".
Lots of people have great setups for shooting jewelry, little boxes
with diffusers, etc, but I just use natural soft light and no flash,
and then enhance the images in Photoshop. It’s not necessarily
better, just easier for me.