I’ve seen a number of tutorials and tips on the internet regarding
how to photograph jewelry, but I’m not seeing info on one of the
biggest issues I have with photographing my work. And that is the
background. I want a couple things, but the most important is just
some sort of surface to set my work on that doesn’t reveal it’s
structure when photographed.
For example, a fine silk cleaning cloth looks wonderful when jewelry
is placed on it, until you look at the photograph and the camera has
picked up the now very large looking weave pattern of the fabric.
The “cleanest” most detail free surface I’ve found so far is to use a
paint-chip card from a paint store, but those have their own
drawbacks with surface gloss, and they aren’t perfectly smooth
either, they are grainy when photographed.
I think I saw one reference to acrylics, but it was in regards to
getting a reflection, but are there non-reflective options? I just
want a surface that will not detract from the jewelry piece, and
that means no surface details at all.
Also, is there a low cost tack that I can use to stick cabochons to
the surface, or hold them at a specific angle?