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#1

Well, I have gotten around to buying a light box, but I am now
looking for good lighting equipment that I can use to take
photographs of my jewelry that can also double as display lighting
for when I sell my jewelry at shows. I don’t really need anything
fancy, I have just found it hard to find those lamps that have a
clamp
at the end that you can clamp on to displays and tables. Does anyone
have a place in the UK/EU that they would recommend?

Thanks in advance to those who respond.


#2

Hi Annabel

but I am now looking for good lighting equipment that I can use to
take photographs of my jewelry that can also double as display
lighting for when I sell my jewelry at shows. 

Before you spend a lot on lighting for the photography part, I
wanted to let you know that I have taken very crisp, nice pictures
with my digital camera without a lot of fancy lights. I take my
jewelry out onto the deck on a semi-cloudy day and (I think) the
shots come out really nice. If you would like to see a sample, I can
email it to you. In a couple of days, my website will be up and a
picture will be there as well.

Good Luck
Kim Starbard
http://www.kimstarbarddesigns.com


#3
with my digital camera without a lot of fancy lights. I take my
jewelry out onto the deck on a semi-cloudy day and (I think) the 

Yes, but a lot of us live in the frozen northlands, where the sun is
not predictable. Plus, what if you have a deadline and need to take
some pictures at night?

Having a dedicated photo set up, which is left up all the time, is
one of the best things I’ve ever done. It was cheap (well under
$100.00) and now I can run and take a picture any time and the only
set up is to turn on the lights.

Elaine
http://www.CreativeTextureTools.com


#4

I agree with Elaine, you shouldn’t have to rely on the weather (or
daylight, for that matter) for your pictures. A quality photo setup
does not have to cost a fortune, and if you can have it at least
mostly (if not all) set up all the time, then you can easily snap a
photo as needed & get on with your work, it doesn’t have to be a
scheduled project (same reason that a digital camera is fantastic for
the job). I’m in the process of re-working my setup just a bit
myself, but I’m still not using fancy lights, I just want to make it
a bit more compatable with the space requirements I have (both for
the pieces & the room). At any rate, there are lots of sites out
there with instuctions on how to make & light your own light tent or
cube or whatever, make what works for your needs. I based my setup on
Amy O’Connell’s tute, at www.lapidaryart.com. Instead of music stands
(as she uses), I made two stands out of PVC pipe, and I clamp shop
lights to them (although it can be a bit tricky to clip the lights to
1-1/4" round pipe, thus one change I’ll make), and then clip white
paper over the front of the lights to soften them. I just have
regular 60W “softlight” bulbs, and I make sure to turn off my other
studio lights when I use it so there is not any other light on my
piece. I can raise or lower them on the stands to adjust the lighting
& the backgroud effect. In my humble opinion, I think the pictures
turn out pretty well!

Lisa
Designs by Lisa Gallagher
www.lisagallagher.com