Photo tips for jewellers

Using the sunlight and grease-proof paper to photograph silver jewellery

Make the most of the sunlight!

In the top photograph the sunlight is direct, much too harsh.  In the shot below it I've placed my home-made light tent over the earrings, the strong summer sunlight is softened, there are enough shadows for texture and the silver glows.

It took me the duration of an episode of The Sopranos to make this little light tent.  I made one large wire circle, one small wire circle, connected them together by four wire struts and covered it all in grease-proof paper, leaving a hole at the top for the camera lens.

It's fun to try out different colours for the background for the jewellery.  I wouldn't have guessed how beautiful the blue would turn out to be.

These are Jules Asch's signature Dancing Feathers and can be found at