Having a problem with flood lights. . . help! Using a small
digital camera with 120 or 150 (doesn't make a difference) floods
and a shadow box. Floods are shown through the sides of the box.
Box has opaque plastic sides. The problems is that items with
silver sets, findings, etc have a yellowish tint or cast. How can
I get rid of this discoloration. The background varies using
various colors from Red to Green. . . doesn't seem to make much
difference. Would some sort of a very light blue filter do the job
(Like light blue plastic sides?)
Jim, For years I had the same problems with lighting. I used a
plastic milk carton and cardboard covered with tin foil. The milk
carton diffused the light, getting rid of hot spots and glares. I used
the tin foil to redirect the lights and get rid of the “yellow” color.
The tin foil was positioned so the lights hit it first and then
reflected through the milk carton, on to the object. I still had the
problem of stabilizing the camera.
I finally invented a product that takes flawless digital pictures of
small objects. It is the Cloud Dome; a diffuser dome and tripod in
one. You can use it with any light source. All I need to do is attach
the digital camera, adjust the “white balance”, place the piece of
jewelry under the dome, focus and take the picture. I use Photoshop
5.5 to crop and resize my images. After months of research, I found th=
Nikon Coolpix 950, 990 and 995 are the best cameras to use for
jewelry. Sony, Olympus, Fuji, and Canon also have models that work
almost as well. I have a camera mount to fit the Nikon Coolpixs and an
universal mount for the other cameras.
When I demo the Cloud Dome, people can’t believe my results,
especially with opals. I use natural daylight or overhead lights and
get the same fantastic results. My web site is not quite finished,
but you can check it out at http://www.clouddome.com. I just about
ready to launch my products. If you have anymore questions please feel
free to call me at 1-800-609-8999. Thanks,
Cloud Dome, Inc.
P.O. Box 9
Lafayette, Colorado 80026
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