Ok so now I've got my hallmark I dont really have many excuses left for not putting more stock in my shop, So I've been working on trying to get better photos!
Photographing jewellery has all ways been pretty hit or miss with me and I can do with all the help I can get!
I have followed lots of helpful advice and tips that I've been given in jewellery forums, such as use natural day light (hmmmm England and winter so that ones against me!), Take photos in the bath (all to do with white suroundings and how this effects the color drawn in to the pic!!! This would have worked better if I did not have soooo many spot down lighters in the bathroom, but was ok) and the all important read your camaras instruction manual! (I have done this honest but the blasted thing is on the way out! I know, I know, workmen and blaming there tools comes to mind but thats the very next thing on the list).
Any who This has been my latest toy....

A rather cheap portable photo studio kit. I've had a bit of a play with it and I'm still not sure if I like it or not! It works well at difusing the light so I dont get lots of reflection on the glass and the silver but It did not come with any sort of instructions so I'm not even sure that I have it set up right! This is an example of it in use.....

Still not b100% happy so off to do more resurch I think! I did however just stumble across Small Object Photography for artists and craft makers blog so I think that maybe my next port of call.


  1. Okay, the idea with a light tent is to get the object as far as possible from the background, and to make a smooth transition from the back to the bottom with whatever colour background you want. For my light tent I have white, black and coloured cloth drops (that came with it) that velcro to the top and come all the way to the front at the bottom with a gentle curve at the edge when back becomes bottom (if you see what I mean), but even if yours didn't, you should be able to rig something up easily.

    The idea is to use the white walls to bounce the light around, so the lights from both side, and a camera flash on low power bouncing off the top, or a slight fill in flash head on would give more even lighting

  2. I was given the exact same thing for Christmas, and I haven't been able to get a really good photo from it yet (previously I had been using large pieces of white paper). Even though three of the sides are white, the top is black. I took the flash off the camera, so maybe that is the problem.

    I hope you have more success than me! Nice bracelet by the way!

  3. Hi there! Thanks for linking to my http://smallobjectphotography.com blog! I'm working on some posts to help folks use their lightboxes to take their photos, so please do check in from time to time.

    I have an idea for you - Instead of lighting from the outside, try lighting from the inside: Place one light to the right and angle the light beam up to the left back corner and the other on the left to the right back corner. If it's still too dark, try taping some white printer paper to the ceiling of the box for a stronger reflected light. Be sure to take a custom white balance reading inside the box before you shoot! Let me know how it goes :) - Marlo M.


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