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[Looking for] Photo Dome


#1

I am looking for the source of what I believe is called the "Photo
Dome. It is a slick setup for lighting and photographing jewelry
and other small things. A few years ago, it came with a Nikon
digital camera mounted on an arc shaped track and the light angle is
adjustable.

Thanks all,
Ken Weston


#2

Ken, I believe the product you are looking for is the Imagedome. You
can view the product and specifications at http://www.gemvision.co
m/imagedome.htm

The Imagedome and applications are quite substantial, especially
using the Digital Goldsmith Software.Substantial too is the
price tag for the Imagedome andDG Program. Inspired by the dome and
applications, yet deterred by the pricetag, we set off to construct
our own version of the dome. With a white plastic or acrylic dome
(light fixture with a large opening) purchasable from many hardware
stores, a digital camera (we used the Coolpix 990), 2 - 3 adjustable
desktop lamps, Adobe Photoshop, various fixtures to hold items to be
photographed, and a bit of ingenuity - we created fine digital
photographs suitable for many applications (in-store display,
web-based, portfolios, creating slideshows, etc. etc). It was SO
easy! AND our test run photos were of better quality than the
samples taken by one of the GemVision Salesrepresentatives during an
in-store demonstration. Although I’m not familiar with the Digital
Goldsmithprogram, I’m sure that itsfeatures allow forapplications
thatmay be out of range for the do-it-yourself set up described
above.Obviously, amajor benefit indoing it yourself is the
pricetag. We spent around$800 for the Coolpix, less than $150 for a
flashcardand card reader (prices vary - shop around), market price
forAdobe Photoshop ( currently around $600),a few dollars for lamps
( the kind with thesnake-like arms - good for maneuvering),globe
andfixtures - totalling less than $1800. I’m not sure what the
pricetag is for the Imagedome and Digital Goldsmith, but I do know
that we payed much, much less. Good luck. Jason SartorDr. E. Hanuman
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#3

Hi Ken, You are referring to Gemvisions “Image Dome”. A great system
for photographing jewelry. You can find out more about it at their
website www.gemvision.com .

Kevin Fertenbaugh
Hasko JewelersDr. E. Hanuman Aspler
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#4
    I am looking for the source of what I believe is called the
"Photo Dome. It is a  slick setup for lighting and photographing
jewelry and other small things. A few years ago, it came with a
Nikon digital camera mounted on an arc shaped track and the light
angle is adjustable. 

Calumet Photo in Chicago has a “red cocoon” you might want to check
out less than $100. (800) 225-8638 Dr. E. Hanuman Aspler
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#5

Hi Ken, I don’t know about the Photo Dome, but there is an absolutely
fantastic new invention called the Cloud Dome. Its easy to set up,
portable, cheaper than a good tripod, stable as a rock (I can stand
on it and I weigh 245 lbs) , and can do more tricks than I care to
mention here…

You can see it in action on my Web site at
http://www.rocksmyth.com

where I have it set up, plus shots of Jewelry, Stones, Opal and
Opal Rough. I truly believe the Cloud Dome has permanently changed
jewelry photography as we have known it. This week ( weekend) I
will be developing “Controlled Highlights” with the cloud dome, so
stay tuned. I can remove or add highlights at any spot (or spots)
on a piece of jewelry. I can also use a star filter to enhance the
individual highlights. I’ll have some super pictures on the Web on
Monday.

Right now the CloudDome is set up for Digital Cameras, such as the
Nikon 990 and 995, but any day now Cindy will be coming out with a
bracket for larger cameras, such as my Nikon F5. As soon as it
comes out, I’ll test it and put the results on the web page.

More complete on the Cloud Dome ( guess I need a little
Copyright symbol here… …) can be found on its Web Site,
http://www.clouddome.com

and you can reach Cindy (the inventor and developer ) at
cindy@clouddome.com. I had originally planned on inventing the Cloud
Dome but Cindy beat me to it, Edison beat me to the light bulb, Bell
beat me to the phone, Marconi beat me to the radio…right now I’m
inventing something called the laser……

Love and God Bless
-randy
Home 214-321-6253
Cell 214-280-7775
Work 469-775-6650
http://www.rocksmyth.com


#6

Ken, I haven’t had the opportunity to use any of the items listed,
however another member of Orchid, Randy Smith has been experimenting
with the Cloud Dome and has posted his current finding. You can
check the Orchid archives for details.

Image Dome http://www.gemvision.com/imagedome.htm

Cloud Dome http://clouddome.com/

Coocoon http://www.plumeltd.com/cocoon.htm

Terri Collier Dallas, TX @Terri_Collier


#7

One option to the Photodome that is very quick, cheap, and easy is
the Gallon Milk Jug Dome (copyright 1999). Cut the bottom out,
widen the mouth to fit your lens, and viola! Low rent photo dome.
I’ve been using one for years with great results. In fact I have
several in different sizes and lengths.

Bob
Robert Wise Studio


#8

Ken, I have developed the Cloud Dome to solve my problems with taking
pictures of jewelry and highly reflective objects. I started out
using a plastic milk carton and frosted Tupperware bowls. The results
were OK, but I had yellow casting and needed a way to stabilize my
camera. Made of non yellowing Plexiglas, a Cloud Dome diffuses light
down 1-stop making for a professional quality photos without the
hassle or expense of complex lighting set-ups. The camera bracket on
top of the Cloud Dome stabilizes the camera.

The Cloud Dome is available with three camera mount brackets; Nikon
Coolpix series bracket, Digital Camera Universal bracket, and the
Universal Pro Bracket for larger digital cameras and SLR cameras. I’m
excited to say, we will be showing the Cloud Dome at Rio Grande’s
"Catalog in Motion" in Tucson. Please check the Cloud Dome out in
Tucson or on our web site. http://www.clouddome.com Thanks, Cindy –
Cindy Lichfield Cloud Dome, Inc. P.O. Box 9 Lafayette, Colorado 80026
303-926-8999 | 800-609-8999 303-298-7645 fax
http://www.clouddome.com =93Let There Be Ambient Lighting=94