I would like to know what you use to take a photo from a
digital camera to make it come out real clear in detail, it seems
like there to much light and it comes out fuzzy or not clear at all.
Is it a light box you set your piece of jewelry in? please let me
know I would like to put my jewelry on the web. thank you Beatnhart.
There are a couple things I can offer off the top of my head that may
If your camera supports “spot metering” try that. If not play
around with the supplied metering options.
Diffuse the lights. You will probably have piece in direct
light, so you need to diffuse it to prevent blinding white spots. I
have used two techniques. One is to put a layer of paper, gel, or
thin fabric between to light and the piece. This takes some rigging
because depending on the lights you may burn the diffuser if you get
it too close. For rings and small stuff I have found that a medium
to large frosted plastic bowl works great. Cut a whole in the side
for the camera lens and move the lights in fairly close, but not too
close or you’ll have melted plastic. DO NOT use your wife or
partners cooking bowels. Buy your own and explain what you are going
to do to prevent misunderstandings later!
I have found that “daylight blue” bulbs work great. I use them
for my digital and you can also do color print and slides with them.
The other main light is tungsten lighting. These should work fine
for digital and are great for slides, but if you can’t find color
print film in 35mm.
Check out these sites for more info:
http://www.shiningmoon.com/misc/photosetup.html is a quick display I
did. It is not great, but get fairly good results for me. Most of
the photos on my site were done with this setup without doing any
photo retouching. Shows how to do it on the cheap.
http://www.ganoksin.com/borisat/tree.cgi has some great information
from Charles Lewtin Brain’s book. Look under the topic of small
object photography. Read these then get the book.
http://www.lapidaryart.com/projects_2.html is Amy O’Connell’s demo on
photography. It is very good and based on Charles Lewtin Brain’s
http://www.abrasha.com/misc/photography.htm is Abrasha’s photo setup.
a different approach, but it gets very good results.
I hope this helps you out.
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