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« on: October 06, 2007 09:43:20 PM »

Use the Macro setting, it usually captures the most detail on your typically small jewelry pieces.
If your Macro setting is still taking fuzzy pictures, place the camera a bit farther away from the subject as you take your picture.  Use your favorite cropping tool on the photo once the picture has been uploaded to your computer.

I know we all work very hard on our beautiful creations... I just wanted to throw out a few tips to help us capture this beauty to the best of our camera's ability!  Smiley

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« Reply #1 on: October 14, 2007 05:28:06 AM »

Tripods also help immensely when photographing jewelry. You wouldn't believe how much the slightest tremor of your hand can screw up your photos and make them blurry. When taking pictures of larger things, it doesn't matter as much, but when trying to get a good clear photo of something small, it makes all the difference in the world. Light sources are also important. I find that taking pictures outside in natural light works best, usually on a slightly overcast day because direct sunlight can create too much glare on a piece.

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« Reply #2 on: January 13, 2008 03:16:27 PM »

Thanks for the tips! Smiley

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« Reply #3 on: January 13, 2008 07:09:05 PM »

I didn't think to try the Macro setting. Would it work best during the day or does it matter? I usually wait till daylight to take good pics of my creations cause that is when I have the best lighting.

Thanks for the tip though. Helps a lot.

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« Reply #4 on: January 15, 2008 01:42:43 PM »

Can I do something unbelieveably cheeky?

Never mind, I'm going to anyway.

I posted a thread on this a li'l while back. There's an ultra-low-budget tute for taking reasonable photos on page 2. Here's the link.

I too would love to see everyone's work shown off properly Cheesy
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« Reply #5 on: January 16, 2008 02:33:07 PM »

Ah! Good idea. I tried the Macro setting last night actually and didn't really the results that I got. I like the idea of using something like for the background for the necklace and natural light. Thanks for the tips.

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« Reply #6 on: January 19, 2008 03:08:27 PM »

Yes, the macro setting is absolutely necessary to have detailed focus on small jewelry items!

For me and my camera, it also works best to take photos outside on a bright sunny day, but completely in the shade. 

It is important to experiment with backgrounds too.  Some jewelry looks better photographed on black, but I have an off-white, sliced rock that I use.  I think it is better to not have background "clutter" that might detract from the jewelry, too.

It sometimes takes me 20+ pictures to get 5 that are really good and useable for selling a jewelry item online.
« Reply #7 on: January 25, 2008 07:39:57 AM »

Thanks for everyone's suggestions.  I made a small photo box and it was well worth the effort.  Whoever said it takes more time to take the pictures than make the jewelry was right on the money.  I just had to keep adjusting the light and retaking photos.  And what worked for some pieces didn't for others. But in the end I did get some decent photos.  So thanks again. 

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« Reply #8 on: January 30, 2008 07:19:23 PM »

I finally was able to take some pictures outside today since it was sunny. I normally try to use the natural light during the day in the house. It's been so cold here I couldn't stay outside in the cold to take pictures. But I did today using the Macro setting. And it seemed to work very well. Smiley

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« Reply #9 on: January 31, 2008 06:43:06 AM »

My advice would be to use a tripod, and /or use the timer function on your camera.

Lighting is the most important - with about $5 you can make a perfect lighting box... here is the link:

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