You can buy the gradient gray background, it's actually a printed
photograph, at http://www.helixphoto.com
(they have it in the store,
I'm guessing you can buy online). You put the dark part at the top,
You can also buy photo backdrop paper in lots of colors, and it
really does work better than regular paper. It comes on large
rolls, much bigger than you can ever use up for jewelry.
The problem with using the gradient gray background is that if you
put jewelry directly on it, you'll scratch the paper.
An LJ article in the last year had instructions. They took the
gradient gray background, put it flat on a table, weighed down the
corners, then put drinking glasses on each corner and put a piece of
glass on top. I don't remember, but I imagine the glass was
Then the jewelry went on top of that.
I like this idea, but the part I can't figure out is --
when we shoot we have the jewelry at an angle -- it's on a ramp
inside a foam core box with a diffuser on top. So with the glass
bit, how do you get the jewelry at an angle so you get a pleasing
angle with your picture? Move the camera?
Chicago area, Illinois, USA
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