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Jewelry Photography Kit

Jewelry Photography Kit

Photographing jewelry is the most difficult type of ecommerce shooting. Working with small gems, mirrorless stones and tiny jewels is hard and to solve this problem you need to have the proper jewellery photography kit for getting the job done well. 

Photographing jewelry is perhaps the most difficult type of ecommerce shooting. Working with small gems, mirrorless stones and tiny jewels is hard and to solve this problem you need to have the proper jewellery photography kit for getting the job done well. Here’s a list of the gear you will need to produce the great quality of photos or to make your own home photography studio for $70. 


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Ten years ago, I started with a DIY small studio for shooting cheap products for eBay and Amazon at home. Today I’m working as an ecommerce photographer for popular jewelry brands, designing amazing portfolios and listings for their marketing campaigns. If you are a jewelry seller, especially for you, I have gathered a list of necessary things for your own jewellery photography kit. Keep reading.

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3 Main Types Of Jewelry Photography Kit

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Cameras for your jewelry photography kit

 AMATEUR PHOTOGRAPHY KIT: CAMERA

There are no strict characteristics your camera should have to take beautiful jewelry photos. Take any entry level DSLR. 

cameras for amateur jewelry photography kit

Very often, even with the best jewelry photography props, your photos of rings aren’t clear-cut. Mainly, DSLR enables you to regulate shutter speed, aperture and other setting according to the shooting environment and photo goals. 

Start your career with Canon Rebel SL1, because it's the best camera for photographing jewelry for beginners. Value your money and don’t spend them on more expensive cameras, which have many functions unnecessary for shooting jewelry. 

Nikon D3300 w/AF-P DX 18-55mm
 

Chopard Instagram Happy emotions set

Canon EOS Rebel SL1 Digital SLR with 18-55mm
 

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 Sony SLT-A65V 24.3 MP
 

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Apple iPhone 8
 

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PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY KIT: CAMERA

cameras for professional jewelry photography kit

Nikon D7100 24.1 MP DX-Format
 

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Canon EOS 80D Digital
 

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Sony A77II Digital SLR Camera
 

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ADVANCED PHOTOGRAPHY KIT: CAMERA

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Nikon D800 36.3 MP CMOS FX-Format
 
Canon EOS 5D Mark III 22.3 MP Full Frame

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Sony Alpha SLT-A99V Full-Frame SLR Digital
 

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Jewelry photography camera settings

Any photographer engaged in professional photography of jewelry should remember that there are a number of features that should be kept in mind when it comes to camera settings. When shooting small objects, it is important to use ISO at least 100, which will allow you to take a detailed photo, but without unnecessary noise in the picture. 

jewelry photography camera settings

Never forget about Aperture. It will be a helper if necessary to control the depth of the picture, as well as the width of the focus range and its spreading on the part of the jewelry. Don’t forget to use as little value as possible, which will give you more depth. So, something between 30-60. 

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In addition, it is very important to shoot with manual mode, this gives you greater plastic as a photographer. Try not to use the Auto Mode during the shooting. You may have a problem with light discrepancy, which later becomes a serious problem during jewelry photo retouching process.

Best lens for small product photography

What are the best lens for shooting jewelry – macro or non-macro? A macro lens 85–100mm range or a set of extension tubes that enable your lens to shoot macro images is the best choice. 

If you want to get a big picture of a tiny product, you’d better choose macro lenses. This best lens for jewelry photography will work pretty well for pictures in a 1000x1000 size. Due to the fact that some lenses are better than others, you have to be attentive to such moments asmacro focus range” and “minimal focus distance”, which are indicated with every lens, as your camera is quite close to the product. 

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Macro lenses help to get closer focus. Smaller distance is more appropriate for such type of photography:

105mm macro – 0.31m distance;

18-55mm – 0.28m.

AMATEUR PHOTOGRAPHY KIT: LENS

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Sigma 105mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro Lens for Canon SLR Camera
 

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Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro
 

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Nikon AF-S VR Micro-NIKKOR 105mm f/2.8G
 

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olloclip — CORE LENS SET for iPhone 8/8
 

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PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY KIT: LENS

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Canon EF 180mm f3.5L Macro
 

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Sigma 35mm F1.4 ART DG HSM Lens for Canon
 

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Tamron A012 SP 15-30mm
 

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ADVANCED PHOTOGRAPHY KIT: LENS

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Nikon 13534 Landscape and Macro
 

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Sigma 180mm F2.8 EX APO DG
 

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Canon 50mm f/2.8L Macro
 

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Tripods

A photo of a jewelry involves taking pictures of items that don’t move, that is why you need to set your camera at one point and already shoot the product from different angles with small changes in camera position. What do professional photographers use to stabilize the camera? The most commonly the use tripod for jewelry photography. Many people know the photo stands, which operate on the same principle as the tripods, but are more cumbersome. 

In addition, the camera stands can be more expensive and more often cost from $ 1,000. If you don’t want to waste a huge amount of money, then my advice for you is to purchase an aluminum tripod. Such tripods can even hold large heavy cameras.

AMATEUR PHOTOGRAPHY KIT: TRIPODS

 tripods for amateur jewelry photography kit

Manfrotto MT055XPRO3 055 Aluminium
 
AmazonBasics 60-Inch Lightweight Tripod with Bag
 
Newstylee Spiderpodium Portable Stand
 

PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY KIT: TRIPODS

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Vanguard Alta Pro 263AB 100 Aluminum Tripod Kit
 
BONFOTO B671C Tripod Carbon Fiber Lightweight Portable Travel Compact
 
ZoMei Z818 Light Weight Heavy Duty
 

ADVANCED PHOTOGRAPHY KIT: TRIPODS

 tripods for advanced jewelry photography kit

Manfrotto MVK502AM-1 Professional Fluid
 
Manfrotto MT057C4-G 057 Carbon Fiber 4
 

Jewelry photography lighting

If you want to understand how to photograph jewelry, you have to pay attention to the light settings. To achieve a snow white backdrop can be real only by means of proper lighting conditions. 

DAYLIGHT. A large window may become useful for shooting on eBay and Etsy, because even it can provide you with the necessary amount of light. The only problem is that you can’t regulate this, especially on gloomy days. Moreover, changeable clouds may spoil the color balance. If you are interested how to photograph jewelry to sell, you’d better choose very fine days for getting a maximum of light. 

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LIGHT BULBS. They can vary in many different aspects, which is really awesome. Concentrate on two basic types: traditional or studio. 

Traditional Bulbs are common in a household, as they are low-priced and easily obtainable. Having used in a proper way, they are good for quality ecommerce pictures. There are two main types: glow-lamp and fluorescent. 

Tips while choosing:

  • don't forget that different companies can have different bulb color temperature, so use products from the same company;
  • it is recommended to use them in a studio room without windows to avoid undesirable effect on the photos. 

STUDIO BULBS give oscillating luminosity and easy diffuser mounting. Studio lights may be of three kinds: wolfram, photodiode (LED) and florescent (the main advantage is that they are energy-efficient, but it is worth remembering that they are also not bright enough).

Diffusion Sheets

You can place such sheets in front of various lighting devices or simple light bulbs to diffuse the photo lights evenly. The material may be nylon fabric, tracing paper or matte plastic. In specialized shops, you can find diffusion sheets of numerous format.  

However, there are always a number of things that are worth remembering when you are faced with a choice of lighting. The first thing to look out for is the choice of matching light. If you use light of a certain type, never mix lamps with different lighting temperatures and colors. If you allow mixing, you can get an undesirable effect that affects the quality of the photo. So, try to us only LED or only Fluorescent bulbs in your studio. 

The second aspect is to be careful with the white background and to adjust the expose clearly to the jewelry. The fact is that the white clear background can shade the jewelry itself too much and it will look like an underexposed. It is very important to install the expose correctly, so as not to damage the photos and put in its center a ring, brooch or other product that you shoot. Make sure that you are prepared correctly for these photosets and then your photos will be chic.

Lightbox for photographing jewelry

If you want a small lightning studio in one device - buy a light box for jewelry photography. You can quickly fix light and regulate it as you want. 

AMATEUR PHOTOGRAPHY KIT: LIGHT BOXES

lightboxes for amateur jewelry photography kit

Finnhomy Professional Portable Photo Studio Photo Light Studio Photo Tent Light
 

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PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY KIT: LIGHT BOXES

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 Fotodiox Pro LED 28x28
 

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 ORANGEMONKIE
 

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ADVANCED PHOTOGRAPHY KIT: LIGHT BOXES

 lightboxes for advanced jewelry photography kit

2D PhotoBench 100 is great desktop option for professional photographers. This light box works fine with the cameras of Canon and Nikon models. It uses its functional almost entirely involved in all areas of photography, from shooting to editing. All you need is simply place the jewelry inside it and use built-in software to take a picture. 

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3D MFP is perfect for those photographers who aim to make 360-degree shoots of jewelry. Moreover, this model can create 3D scans. 3D MFP can save photos to multiple file formats. Given the huge functionality of the light box manufacturer provides a 90-minute training lesson. Additional options for this box are reflectors, light diffusers, tent and a number of background panel options for changing during shooting.

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In addition, if you are a beginning photographer and you don’t have the opportunity to purchase a special light box or portable photo studio, we recommend you do it by yourself. It's simple and doesn’t require any special skills and also quite economical compared to buying a professional light box. Create the best photo equipment for jewelry with your own hands. 

Other jewelry photography equipment

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WHITE REFLECTORS

Neewer 43-inch / 110cm 5-in-1 Collapsible
 
ePhotoInc 5' x 7' Twist Flex ChromaKey Background Black Whit
 

A DUST BLOWER

Air Blaster Blower Brush Dust Cleaner For Camera Lens
 

COTTON GLOVES TO HOLD THE JEWELRY

CTK White Soft 100% Cotton Work/Lining
 

Equipment for placing jewelry

However, in order to make the picture really professional, you will need some additional jewelry photography supplies to give your jewelry a right form. They can be purchased separately or as special ready-made kits, which are sold on many sites, or you can even make it at home. 

MyStudio MSJ1 12-Piece Jewelry
 

“A” CLIPS

WORKPRO 16-Piece Spring Clamp
 

A WHITE ACRYLIC TILE

Pack of 5x7 Crystal Clear Acrylic Painting
 

A COOL TEMPERATURE GLUE GUN

Cool Shot Super Low Temperature Mini Glue
 

EARRING HOLDER

Plymor Brand Clear Acrylic Signpost-style
 

A BRACELET STAND 

ChezMax Multi-Tiers Jewelry Stand
 

A NECKLACE FORM

Adorox Black Velvet Necklace Pendant
 

Jewelry photo editing

Don’t forget about retouching your product photos in Photoshop after shooting. For each purpose you need appropriate photo editing. 

amateur jewelry photo retouching

Purpose:

  • Instagram small shop
  • Etsy 

Photo retouching applied:

  • Color correction
  • Clipping path and background removal

professional jewelry photo retouching

Purpose:

  • Amazon
  • eBay

Photo retouching applied:

  • Color correction
  • Clipping path and background removal
  • Elimination of minor product defects (scratches, dents)
  • Reflections correction

advanced jewelry photo retouching

Purpose:

  • Advertising
  • For fashion brands

Photo retouching applied:

  • Color correction
  • Clipping path and background removal
  • Elimination of minor product defects (scratches, dents)
  • Reflections correction
  • Mirror effect
  • Natural shadow adding
  • Metal smoothing

If you can’t do it your own, address jewelry retouching services and ask them about things you need to correct.

Having read over these tips you'll be able to set up a simple but effective studio for your jewelry photography and according to your purpose.

 


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