Jewelry photography is not like other kinds of product photography. First, a generally small object needs to be photographed close up. That takes a lot of careful photography to be sure that the piece is sharp from the front to the back. That can be a problem even on a bracelet that doesn’t seem very deep. There are ways in Adobe Photoshop to make sure your jewelry photographs are sharp. On the other hand, rings don’t always need to be sharp all the way through. Most important is to make sure the setting and decorations on the side are sharp. That still means to have to take several photographs at different focus points to combine them later in Photoshop.
Second, since jewelry is shinny, if you are not careful you can see yourself taking the picture in the reflective part of the jewelry! Stones need to sparkle and thus need separate lighting.
These examples are on white or black backgrounds, but there are so many more options for creative jewelry photography.
These pieces of jewelry were photographed for a jeweler. I have years of composition and design education and I can see almost immediately how a piece needs to be placed. This ring needed to be photographed on a diagonal. The visual interest was not there when the ring was kept perfectly horizontal.
This watch was photographed for a pawn shop. So naturally every detail needed to be sharp.
These pieces show sharp from back to front.
I can help with jewelry photography for juried craft shows, websites and advertising materials. Please call and we can talk about your projects. http://barbaraglaeserphotography.com/contact-us/