I wrote a piece for LJ several years ago which has a few tips on
jury slides (http://www.lapidaryjournal.com/archive/399bus.cfm), but
I didn't cover all the questions you've asked. So...
Does color scheming make a difference? I use many different neutral
colors. Would my images present better if they were in a single
color group or coordinated pieces?
I have a suspicion that some people will say 'yes' and others 'no'
to this question. My own feeling is that ideally the slides should
have a flow, both stylistically and color-wise. More specifically,
I'd try to avoid grouping slides that clash or fight with each other,
but you still want the images to pop. I think one of my worst slide
groupings was made up of five slides that were all in
black/gray/brown tones. Nothing popped even though the pieces were
I have website (which will be tidied by jury time)...will this help
No. Nor hurt it. Juries do not look at websites (unless a particular
show prospectus specifies otherwise).
I have a real booth shot this time (yay!) I'm thinking this is a
good, good thing.
Yes! Providing, of course, that your booth is attractive and
well-photographed :-). I'm assuming it is.
I have 5 pieces in mind, but the requirement is only for 5 total.
Is it better to present 5 pieces total, or 4 total with 1
I would go with five unless a close-up is necessary for the viewer
to correctly "read" the piece and understand what it is. However, a
mistake that many jewelers make is to show an entire necklace spread
out in an oval shape. This is usually a mistake. Even if the piece
is maximized so that there is an absolute minimum border of
background around it, the necklace will appear too small when
projected. So if you're making beaded necklaces, for instance, find a
way to lay the necklace out with graceful curves and bends or
overlaps; that way it will take up less space and appear larger in
the image. Or use perspective and shoot the necklace from an angle
instead of straight on (though tough to keep in acceptable focus).
If the necklace has a centerpiece, it will be a lot easier to shoot
because you don't need to show the whole thing (and it's not
I just did a Google Image search and came up with a couple of images
to demonstrate what I'm talking about. First, here are some "don'ts":
And here are several "do's":
Examples with curves/bends/overlaps:
(although the flower is totally distracting in the above example)
Examples with centerpiece:
Examples using perspective: