How to take Jewellery Photography

Taking Jewellery photos isn’t the easiest shoots in the world, the polished metals, jewels and other factors means the reflections can be a nightmare, with that said I’ve learned a few tricks which have worked really well for me and get that perfect shot, so take note as I drop this knowledge bomb.

Lighting

Lighting is very important when taking Jewellery photos, my current setup is two lights either side of an Ezcube, this setup works wonders for me in my last Rolex Watches shoot for Blowers Jewellers heres how my current setup is looking:

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Ensure you have the right bulb for the job, we want a nice balance daylight florescent bulb for this job, anything else will not work for this.

Spot Focus

If your camera has a spot focus option (you may need to dig out the manual) then I would use it, this mode will produce the sharp, crisp focus we’re after for our photos. The spot focus means that the camera will focus on a small area, whereas your normal mode will have a much wider focus so spot focus is a must!

Tripods

A must for these kinds of shoots, you’ll need a sturdy camera to capture these stills, a flimsy shot from a free hand shoot will not get you the results you need.

Shutter Speed/Exposure Time

We’re working in a very bright environment so you may want to adjust your exposure settings and take some test shots to make sure your shots are not over exposed (bright) or under exposed (dark).

Get these simple elements right and you’re on to a winner when taking your next jewellery shoot.

 

Produce Quality Videos with These Basic Tips

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Videography can be both fun and profitable. For beginners in this field, here are some tips to consider:

  1. Be organised. As expert videographers say, organization is key to efficient editing. The initial step is to make sure that the pre-production stage is completely finished, such as having an approved script.
  1. Avoid camera beginners’ mistakes. Mistakes that newbie videographers are commonly guilty of include constant panning and zooming. Instead of zooming, you might consider pausing the video recorder and moving closer to the subject. In case of panning, do it slower to create a better effect.

Another common mistake in videography is the shaky-cam. Watching a video shot with unsteady hands is so frustrating for the audience. There are some music videos and commercials that are intentionally shaky so as to create an effect — of course, that is an exception. To avoid a shaky video, practice until your hands are stable enough to shoot scenes or invest in a quality tripod with a fluid head.

  1. Provide headroom. It is irritating for viewers to see a video where almost all of the cast’s heads are cut off. To avoid this, use your pinky finger as a guide. The width between the person’s head and the top of the video frame is a good measure for a perfect amount of headroom. On the other hand, avoid overdoing the headroom.
  2. Make sure to have good lighting. Get a lighting kit to help you improve quality videos — especially those that are shot in the dark. The basic lighting kit that videographers must have would be key light, fill light, and backlight.

  1. Remember that you are shooting for the edit. Good videographers (like Paul Hubbard) think of how their output would appear once edited from the time they start shooting.

With these few steps, amateurs will definately produce good video content.

 

Taking great photos right from your iPhone

You’re out and about and see the perfect photo opportunity, but disaster, that fancy DSLR Camera is sitting at home.

You’ll be surprised and how well a photo the iPhone can produce, and with the vast amount of apps online to really make your photos shine, you should seriously think of using the camera on it more.

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The hipsters choice of tool, Instagram has a great range of built in filters to make your photos pop, not only that but it has some great sharing tools too so everyone can see that great meal you just had!

All joking aside, I follow some great photographers on Instagram who post some great shots whilst adventuring around the globe.

 

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VSCO Cam is for the real photography enthusiasts, it does have some killa pre sets however you can also get quite technical and change loads of little settings to get the look and feel you’re after.

And also unlike Instagram, you can export your finished piece in full resolution unlike the cropped output you get from Instagram.

The app also has the standard sharing features, allowing you to upload your snaps to Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

They’re plenty of other apps available on the app store but these two are my main choice of tools whilst taking photos on my phone.