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How do you?…. Answers to the most common questions of product photography

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This post contains the answers to the most commonly asked customer questions on the topic of how to shoot high-quality product and jewelry photographs with their point-and-shoot digital camera using our Product Photography Lighting Systems and our catalog producer and photo editing software.

If you’re not one of our customers, you may still follow the directions of what you should be doing to shoot quality photos. Yet, without the necessary photography equipment, you will must likely be unable to achieve the type of quality photo you’re looking for.

HOW TO GET THE RIGHT FOCUSING?

  1. Press half way the shutter speed button and hold it
  2. You will get a sound and a green square on top of your item
  3. If you get a yellow one means you are to close. Rise the camera up or zoom out
  4. After you get the green square press all the way down to take the picture

HOW TO GET THE ITEM COMPLETELY ON FOCUS FROM THE BOTTOM TO THE TOP? (DEPTH OF FIELD)

  1. Instead of focusing on the top center of the item (Example: a ring)
  2. Move the camera with your hands to the side of the ring (1/3 down form the bottom, on the shank)
  3. Get the focusing there, and after you get the green square on top of the ring
  4. Without releasing half way your finger, move the camera back to have the ring on the center of the picture and then click all the way to take it.

Read more: More detailed explanations inside our Photography Startup Guide (Expand Step 4.4)

HOW DO I GET A WHITE BACKGROUND?

  1. Lay down the item on the bottom of the light box
  2. Take one picture with the shutter speed (The 1/XXX number) that provides you with the best balance between an image (in your LCD screen) that looks ‘Too Dark’ or’ Too Light’, simply based  on your judgment from what you see with your eyes.
  3. Take another 2 pictures, one shutter speed number up, and one down (A darker photo and a lighter photo)
  4. Choose the one that’s a  little bit darker (or the original photo you thought was best – form step #2)
  5. Go to our Catalog Producer Software, Import the images and open the one you’d like to edit.
  6. Add 7 to 14 points of brightness
  7. Add 7 to 14 points of contrast
  8. Add 20 to 25 points of sharpening

HOW TO TAKE PICTURES OF WATCHES?

  1. Get our tilting kit, which contains various accessories for positioning a watch for photographing it in various ways.
  2. Place your watches in one of the provided watch stands, or tilting stands.
  3. Tilt the watch to a position in which the glare of the glass is now shown in your camera screen
  4. Take the picture from the top section of the front opening of the lighting systems at a 45 degrees angle.

Read More: Check out our step-by-step guide on how to photograph watches.

HOW TO AVOID THE BLACK REFLECTION SPOTS FROM THE CAMERA?

  1. Attach your camera on the magnetic bracket on top right of your photography lighting system (Not available on the Gem-eBox)
  2. Place your  item on the left back area of the lighting system.
  3. Photograph the item from an angle (like 45 degrees) where the item reflects the white walls around it instead of the camera above it. Think of the way that light travels, and the best how you can move your camera so that your items reflects everything but the camera opening.
  4. Because we there are white walls all around the item, you will avoid most of the get black reflection spots.

HOW TO AVOID REFLECTIONS ON SHINY ITEMS, LIKE SILVER OR GOLD?

  1. Choose your lighting options: If you lighting system has individual light switches for each of the fluorescent light panels (Right, Left, Bottom, Back) simply play around with the  switches until to get the desired lighting. For example, you might want to switch the left or right panel, to decrease the light intensity and add depth to your item.
  2. Avoid other reflections: If your lighting system includes halogen lighting on the left and right panels, you may cover them with a 4″ x 4″ piece of paper so that you have full white walls.
  3. Play with the position of the item inside, sometimes just moving it, will change the outcome of the picture

WHY DO I NEED THE HALOGEN LIGHTS FOR?

  1. If you have red stones like rubies, purple stones like amethyst or orange stones, you need to use halogen light
  2. Do another custom white balance on your camera with the f stop at 8.0 and the shutter speed at 1/60

CAN I MIX THE FLUORESCENT LIGHTS WITH THE HALOGEN LIGHTS?
No, you can’t , we never mixed them because you will not get the right color of the jewelry

WHAT ARE THE LED LIGHTS FOR?

  1. To get sparkles and scintillation on the diamonds and stones
  2. To make the jewelry more vivid , more alive, like en 3D

HOW CAN I LOOK MY ITEMS FLOATING IN WHITE?

  1. You can take them from the top against the white light underneath
  2. Get one of our infinity curves to take the picture from the front and will looks beautiful

HOW CAN I GET A COLOR BACKGROUND WITHOUT CLEANING THE PICTURES IN ADOBE PHOTO SHOP?
Just lay down anything you like as a background inside the box, like placemats, paper, stones, flowers, tiles, acrylics etc.
HOW CAN I GET A SHADOW OF THE ITEM ON THE BOTTOM OF THE PICTURE?
Get our black and white reflective acrylics or just lay down a piece of glass inside the box

Hope this information helps you get a better grasp on how to photograph products using our photography lighting systems.

Take care

Ezequiel Nacach
Vice-President
MK Digital Direct

Photography Tips & Tutorials

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