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First of all, it's important to realize that, when you photograph a reflective object, you're actually photographing the surrounding scenery as it reflects off the object. This means that it's not enough to just set the object in a lightbox and maybe point some spot lights at it, at least unless you want to make the reflections rather simple and dull. ...


Soft light. I would use some kind of macro tent to get soft light from all around. Maybe add one direct flash to emphasize texture or add some flashy highlights. With highly polished jewelry beware of reflexions. Polished jewelry acts like an allround mirror reflecting everything in sight, best would be to have a light tent with just a small opening for ...


You'll want some depth of field, so I wouldn't consider an f/1.4 lens. You'll probably want f/8 or f/11 anyway to get the entire item in focus. Camera on a tripod for maximum sharpness and to allow for longer exposures if required. Diffuse light from both sides - use a light tent, softboxes, or bounce flash off large white boards/reflectors to provide the ...


Generally it looks good with a seamless plain white or velvet black background - so get some thin white card or some good quality black velvet fabric and curve it within your tent. An alternative is to use a piece of transparent plastic on top of a black or white card which gives subtle reflections. For rings you can fix them in place with a very small blob ...


Seamless backgrounds are also good for product shots. There's no need to spend any real money on it either, there are hundreds of DIY projects for this made from things that you're very likely to already have in your house. A great example of this is the DIY light tent made with a cardboard box, some white semi-transparent material (cookie sheets will work), ...


Use indirect flash. You want the light to be hard enough to show the brilliance of the gems, but using on camera flash will leave you with a lot of strange glare. If you use flash from the side you will end up with much more natural lighting.


You can get craft glue that dries to a glossy, transparent finish. It is designed for card making so is usually tacky rather than super-hard. You can also get transparent sticky glue 'dots', which are like a sticky gel. Both should be available from hobby/craft stores The transparency of these should limit the visibility of them through the diamond. It ...


You didn't mention what camera you're using, so this advice will be pretty general. We might be able to be more specific if you let us know the make and model of camera. Also, feel free to show us examples of your photos, to better help us see what's wrong. Macro shooting is a fairly specialized type of photography, and can be technically demanding. I'm ...


Using only whiteboards will make silver look flat like tin or aluminum. Place some black cards off-frame to the sides or suspended above the jewellery. The silver will look more lustrous with some black reflected and the glass beads will also gain additional contrast in their facets.


1) You need contrast. An interesting metalic surface photo is all about reflections. A well defined light, (like a softbox) is very important. If you don't have a softbox simply use a roll of vegetal paper. Also some well defined black zones. You can do this by putting some black cardboard rectangles here and there to make some more interesting black ...


My suggestion is to use manual focus, manual shutter and aperture. Use the remote control software part of the package that came with the camera to compose the image on your monitoR and not the back of the camera. Also use the shutter release from the computer and not the camera as it is inevitable that you will create camera shake. Use the smallest ...


Use a shooting tent. This should create you a lot of bounces and very even diffused light. You usually use two flashes from each side, and that should do it. Tents for tabletop shooting, e.g. check this link. (Google "shooting tent" for photos of example uses and results.)


Looking at all the pictures, I think you might get similar (even better) results with sand blasted steel. But judging from the scratches on the surface of those pictures they don't look like sharp scratches you would have on metal. It might be some kind of "shiny but grainy" plastic surface. Maybe you can find something similar by looking around a hardware ...


It looks kind of like it might just be a sand blasted steel table. Some examples of sand blasted steel that look similar. A Table, Another Table, A texture photo, Watch Band, Sheet Metal As far as obtaining something like it, you can either buy a small table or plate or something with the appropriate texture or you could see if you have a local shop that ...

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