My wife did jewelry for a website once. Once. It was the biggest pain in the *** job she's ever had.
I'll see if she'll make you a deal on all the jewelry stands she bought! LOL!!
Was hoping to start shooting tomorrow morning, first thing.
Tore open the boxes the lighting kit came in, only to find that the soft box light is defective from the manufacturer. There aren't any threads in the lamp head. At all.
Looks like I'll be making a trip out to Pasadena tomorrow morning.
I've seen a lot of guys use museum putty to keep certain parts of the jewelery in the right places and to keep bracelets and whatnot looking round, then just shop it out after. My biggest recommendation is to shoot tethered if you aren't already, helps you see where to adjust lights and make other moves before you've already shot a ton of stuff(and end up having to reshoot it)
Oh yeah, I'm all tethered up, for sure.
I got things up and running today. Here's my lighting rig:
And here's the first un-processed test image.
Product photography is tedious, mind-numbing, time-consuming work.
They're starting to upload my images onto their e-commerce site into their Elegance in Silver collection: jinjajewelry.net
My stuff is the black background stuff.
I know this is nothing ground-breaking, as technique goes. But they're happy enough with my work that they want me to shoot every piece they have for their entire site over the next few months, as well as when they have new design arrivals. Also, they work with a marketing company in NY who told them they were very impressed with the way it's turning out. It looks as if my work for them will not only be on their website, but in trade pamphlets and show materials.
This is a GIANT learning process. I'm picking many, many tricks just by trying to streamline the process. It's a ****-ton of work, but I'm having a great time.
Thankfully, I think this is the last of the gemstone stuff I have to do for a bit. Most of the rest of it is coral, mother-of-pearl, abalone, or silver.