Those are really good. Much better than any I ever managed to get.
What camera did you use and what kind of lighting?
Thanks! I received a few posts off-list which I answered yesterday
so instead of repeating myself, I hope you don't mind if I reproduce
my answers. Here goes:
Just read that you took your own photo's and was curious if you
did them with a digital camera...and if so ...what kind ?
The pictures you saw were taken with a Nikon SLR with 105mm macro
lens. However, I just bought a Canon Eos Rebel XT digital SLR with
50mm macro and plan to use that from now on. I'm still just learning
how it works.
I saw your post on Orchid and looked at your photographs they are
great! If you don't mind sharing, what background do you use to get
that lovely rose colored gradient effect?
The background you saw was created in Photoshop. It's black a third
of the way down and then shades to that mauve-ish color. A friend
helped me with it (I didn't have a photo imaging program at the
time). After it was created to my satisfaction, he made me a slide of
it. After that, all I had to do was take it to a print shop and have
copies made of it in whatever size I needed, mostly 4 x 6 (in a matte
finish). Then I would scotch tape one of the background prints to a
piece of cardboard and poke holes for earring posts, etc. It didn't
matter how many I ruined because I could always make more.
However, now that I have the digital camera, I'm going to do it
differently. I'm still experimenting, but see here:
I initially shot it with the new camera on a grey card, then
downloaded it into the computer. I used a photo imaging program (I
still don't have Photoshop so I used the program that came with the
camera: ArcSoft Photo Studio) to remove the background. Then I
created a background I liked and superimposed the image on it.
By the way, I usually shoot with my camera on a tripod. Since I was
just experimenting, however, I shot this one hand held and using
the camera's flash instead of my regular lighting setup! I couldn't
believe how good it looked, although there are a lot of hot spots
because of the flash.
I read your post on Orchid with interest, and really am impressed
with your pictures. Would you be willing to describe your photo
It's pretty primitive! If I felt like spending the money, I'd
probably replace it with a Light Dome setup. Anyway, I use pieces of
white foam core to create a box that's open on one side. Since I have
a bad neck, I like to shoot straight on instead of looking down, so I
place the box on a table with the open side facing me, and I elevate
it to a comfortable height. (You could, of course, modify this to be
able to shoot on a horizontal surface, instead of a vertical one.)
I then prop up my piece of cardboard (containing the taped-on
background image with the jewelry on it) inside the box. As I said
above, I keep the earrings in place by poking holes for the posts.
For pins, etc., I use Quake Hold (it's a putty-like, reusable
I use two hardware store-bought floodlights on tripods (bought at a
yard sale) with tungsten bulbs. Each spot has a light diffuser (12"
round, bought at a camera store) rigged up in front of it. (I don't
remember why I started using the tungsten bulbs originally, but I
had to use a filter on the camera to compensate. That's only
necessary with film; I won't need it now for the digital camera.) So
when I'm standing in front of the camera (which is attached to a
tripod), I have one light to my left, one to my right and the foam
core box directly in front of me.
The biggest disadvantage to this setup is that I have to break it
down after every session. I don't have the space to keep it set up