how to photograph jewellery

Shooting jewellery with daylight - inside with grease-proof paper

Still using the grease-proof paper, but this time using the sunlight through a window.

I've wedged the roll of paper in place to the right of the picture and wrapped it around the outside of jewellery to provide a translucent and flexible lightbox.   The light is streaming through the window and being diffused by the paper. By placing a silver reflector on the side opposite to the window I've created an almost shadowless lighting situation.  A glow.  

My hand is holding the paper in place on the left of the picture and I moved the paper around as I shot to adjust the lighting as I liked. You have to shoot with at least 1/80 second because you're shooting one-handed.  Or you can fix the paper in place, I wanted to work fast and be responsive to the light.

With thanks to Margherita Hale at Punzi, 27 Station Street, Lewes, East Sussex, BN7 2DB. 01273 475476

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  www.thesilvery.co.uk