I have been reading many of the tips on photographing jewelry and I
would like to share my method and ask a few questions myself. I
decided to shoot my own work from the start because if nothing else
it is a good way to have documentation of everything you make even if
they are not quite good enough for jurying into shows. However, I
feel my slides are a pretty accurate representation of the piece and
I have used them successfully to get into shows. I have a crude but
simple way of shooting. I place the work on a table on background of
choice. I usually place a round of styrofoam (like floral designers
use) under the background (colored paper or whatever) so that I can
push earring posts into it and they will stay still and upright.
Then I bought a cone shaped white lampshade (about 9" high by @12"
bottom diameter and @ 4" top diameter) and stripped the cloth from
it. I place the lampshade over the setup and stick my camera macro
lense in through the top of the shade and shoot looking straight down
at the piece. I have a flash attachment and so far have not had any
problems with glare or hot spots. Of course, shooting down, there are
some limitations. I have not had good success shooting really small
pieces like rings and some things which should be shot from the side
instead of directly from above present problems. My real complaint
though is that I don’t know how get the “drama” that you see in the
professionally shot pieces so I am looking for any help or suggstions
in this area. Hope this will be of some help or interest.