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Holding jewelry for photography


#1

This may seem a little bit dumb of me, but I’m currently trying out
photography on some stock items with my new digital camera and I was
looking in the jewellery magazines and noticed that the rings in them
are magically standing up alone. Now I have been trying to use a
little bit of bluetac to hold the rings up, but it shows up in the
photo. I’m sure there is a simple and effective way to overcome this
problem. Can anyone fill me in please?

Read also: "Holding Objects for Photography"

Gavin Fisher


#2
    in the jewellery magazines and noticed that the rings in them
are magically standing up alone.

Hi Gavin;

Try a tiny dab of hot glue using a hot glue gun. Stand the ring up
on a piece of non-glare glass with the glue. Prop the glass sheet by
the ends on a couple of bricks or short sections of 2X4. You can then
use a strip of storm gray paper, or 40% gray and place the sheet
under the glass. Bend the far end up in a gentle curve. Then you’ll
get a graded gray background for your piece. I have a sheet of
plexiglass, the kind used for flourescent light fixtures, sort of a
frosted peble texture, somewhat opaque. I bend this over the entire
glass plate/brick arraingment and prop it by the ends into an arch
using a couple cinder blocks. Hit the outside of the arch with a
couple 300 watt spots and use a third, 100 watt spot on a stand in
front. You get a diffused light over the article and the front spot
can be moved to eliminate or manipulate any shadows.

David L. Huffman