Photographing Jewellery


I am a jewellery shop owner from Madurai and I use a compact camera to shoot pictures of the jewellery displayed in the store. I use these images in the store’s brochure and on the web. How can I avoid shadows and reflections from spoiling the images?
Mohan Shetty, Madurai

Since the jewellery is accessible to you, the best possible solution would be to take it out of the glass case. This will ensure that you do not have any unwanted reflections in the picture. To further diffuse the light, place the jewellery in a light tent. Alternatively, you could use a softbox or even simple thermocol reflectors to act as diffusers. Another solution would be to try changing the light source to flicker-free fluorescent bulbs.

This article originally appeared in the April 2015 issue of Better Photography.

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