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Offline Collwyn

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Simple Studio Tips Required
« on: March 24, 2010, 09:31:30 AM »
Hi,

I have been 'commissioned' to take pictures of jewellery, hand made handbags, etc. by my sister for her website.  This is new to me and I was wondering if there is any of you who could give me any tips on how i can get good results.

For example -
   - Camera Settings
      - ISO
      - Aperture
      - Shutter speed
      - Tripod
      - Flash - Bounce, remote, etc
      - White Balance
      - Zoom length
  - Lighting
      - Daylight, reflective materials, etc.

I think she wants some close ups of the actual necklaces and bags and also either a model (or dressmakers dummy) wearing them.

Any thoughts or ideas would be most welcome.

Assume I know nothing - Which in is fact true!

Thanks
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Re: Simple Studio Tips Required
« Reply #1 on: March 24, 2010, 11:09:07 AM »
Collwyn,

Apart from your 42AM do you have any other flash/lighting available to you?

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Re: Simple Studio Tips Required
« Reply #2 on: March 24, 2010, 11:11:41 AM »
No -

We were thinking of doing it in a 'conservatory' or sun porch and try at different times throughout the day, but this will be inconsistent ans unreliable.
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Re: Simple Studio Tips Required
« Reply #3 on: March 24, 2010, 11:18:04 AM »
recommend a softbox for jeweller. got mine for £12 at maplins. combined with my two flashguns it gives an element of control. you could use desklamps diffused thru the box too. carl

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Re: Simple Studio Tips Required
« Reply #4 on: March 24, 2010, 11:22:06 AM »
Thanks for that.  I will look into getting one to try.
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Re: Simple Studio Tips Required
« Reply #5 on: March 24, 2010, 12:46:52 PM »
3 flash, with umbrellas, softbox or otherwise diffused. Camera set to f8-16.

If the jewelry causes lots of nasty reflections then use a polarizing filter.

If you are doing this outdoors/in a concervatory/natural lighting then use a tripod, and reflectors or mixed lighting.

If indoors then have eitehr a black background, a white background or a complementry colour background.

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Re: Simple Studio Tips Required
« Reply #6 on: March 24, 2010, 12:53:34 PM »
As said above, a softbox and or reflector is a good way to start. The softer light should eliminate harsh shadows.

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Re: Simple Studio Tips Required
« Reply #7 on: March 24, 2010, 03:02:16 PM »
Low an iso as possible, mirror lock up, or 2 sec self timer would help too!
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Re: Simple Studio Tips Required
« Reply #8 on: March 24, 2010, 03:49:27 PM »
Collwyn, re lighting here is what I would do with what you have:
Don't underestimate the use of normal household lamps in the era of digital imaging:
I would probably build my own little light tent by using either some sticks or similar. Get a white thin bed sheet; construct some sort of frame (I.e. take a huge card board box and cut all the sides out but leave the corners and the rims) throw your bed linen over it and position some household lamps close to each of the sides. The reason for the bed linen is that you get even lighting without shadows and reflections. You can use you flash with a cable attached to your camera and position it over the box.

Tripod
ISO 200 or lower
daylight wb (And put a grey card into your first shot so that you can set the wb later on in your raw converter)
raw
manual focus
f 5.6-11
Use M instead of A or S and check your histogram

I would not shoot outside in the sun as this will give you inconsistent results.
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Re: Simple Studio Tips Required
« Reply #9 on: March 27, 2010, 09:23:07 PM »
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Re: Simple Studio Tips Required
« Reply #10 on: April 03, 2010, 03:16:47 PM »
Do it in the kitchen with the blinds closed. If you only have 1 place to flash from use a white plate or a sheet to the opposite side of the flash as a bounce (maybe even some a4 bits of white paper taped together would work good to. Because it is still life you dont need to worry about exposure because there will never be movement in the shot so you can expose for as long as is needed. Head to B&Q or some other DIY shop and buy a A3 sized clip frame (they usually come with a piece of white paper inside so face the white paper upwards) and sit the item on that - that way you will get a pure white (even reflective if needed) base to sit the item on. If you are using a clip frame you might also want to make a little stand at the back and put up a paper background so it looks like you are using a crystal white set-up.

Or bugger all that and buy a light tent from ebay for £40 and shine torches at it from both sides and the back at about 4 feet away.

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Re: Simple Studio Tips Required
« Reply #11 on: April 04, 2010, 12:30:28 PM »
One tip worth mentioning is to perhaps photograph the jewellry next to a ruler or similar so that the prospective customer will have an idea as to the actual size of the article.