The more time you take to set up a shoot the easier it will be, afterwards, to do a series of shots and have consistent light. This seemingly complex photograph was made using a wall mirror as the base for the bracelet and ring. There are an endless amount of locations and scenes that would result in good jewelry photography. You'll often want something other than the piece of jewelry in photo to add depth or tell a story. Modern compact cameras often have excellent macro capabilities due to the small sensor they house.
With a macro lens you get so close to the subject that, sometimes, creating a "hide" for the lens is a good idea. A remote shutter trigger is essential, so you do not have to press the shutter on the camera.
A flash and a single reflector (from commercial brands to a white piece of paper, foam, or cardboard) will offer you multiple options. The goal for most jewelry photography is to create soft even light with very little shadow. The keys to good jewelry photography are sharpness, lighting, exposure, so it pays to study each situation and define what you intend to do.
How to Photograph Jewelry – Jim Divitale shows how to shoot jewelry and how to deal with the reflection. Tips for photographing jewelry with scanners and digital cameras for professional looking photos.
It is true they help, giving you an immediate idea of the results, but they don't resolve the basic need for an understanding of light.

In fact, a sheet of white paper and some window light and reflectors will do, at a basic level. When you're starting out, you won't be doing contract work for Cartier, so look to your own family or even your own jewelry box and photograph things that have some meaning to you. If you become hooked on this type of photography, make it a habit to collect materials you can use as props and or background.
Therefore they are great tools for jewelry photography if you can manually adjust your exposure settings. As some exposures can be on the longer side, touching the camera would cause vibration that would show on the image.
See my article, 8 Reflectors You Already Have in Your Home, for some info on making your own reflectors. Find a window at home that offers good light you can control, set a table there and your studio is almost in working order. Sharpness will be drastically affected by your depth of field, so I usually start my exposure solution by concentrating on my aperture. Besides writing about the technical and creative aspects of photography for various publications, he leads workshops and leads photo tours to reveal the hidden perspectives from his country.
Even a compact camera with a macro or close up function will do the job, as long as it also lets you control the exposure. These are relatively inexpensive, but if you're not will to invest yet, you could use a bed sheet or some butcher paper and still achieve good results.
Ceramic tiles, stones and weird piece of wood will give you multiple options for more elaborate work.
The 60mm can be problematic for some of the sets with very small object because I have to get too close to the object to fill the frame.

Still, a tripod will help you to keep a subject framed the same way, which will allow you to precisely adjust your focus. A white foam board can be your working base, then add a few homemade reflectors, maybe some small mirrors. When you're first starting out, use the reflector to make it seem like light is hitting the subject from all directions. When shooting macro photos, your depth of field will be very shallow due to the small distance between the object and your camera.
By using manual mode, I can control the exact output, even if I change backgrounds or colors in my setup.
Experiment with the position of your flash and reflectors, and you'll find a good combination. Remember to keep batteries charging, both for camera and flashes, listen to some good music, and have a nice cup of coffee on hand while you review your images to see how the session is going. Check out Envato Studio's servicesChoose from over 5 million royalty-free photos and images priced from $1.
When choosing a macro lens, think about what you're going to use it for and how close you actually want to be to your subject.

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