Test Your Jewelry Photography Smarts With Our No-Pressure Quiz!

When you hear terms like diffusion frames, histograms, and layer masks, do your eyes light up . . . or does your head start swimming? No matter where you fall on the photographic spectrum, you’ll find dozens of useful jewelry photography tips in Jim Lawson’s online workshops. You may be familiar with Jim’s work: it’s appeared on every cover and inside every issue of Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist for over a decade. Take our quick quiz below to challenge your photographic expertise!

ABOVE: Are your photography skills worthy of the beautiful jewelry you make? Hone your abilities in Jim Lawson’s advanced online workshop, How to Photograph Your Jewelry: Beyond the Basics.

jewelry photography In Beyond the Basics, Jim demonstrates how to experiment with backgrounds.

In Beyond the Basics, Jim demonstrates how to experiment with backgrounds.

Since Jim’s workshops are tailored specifically to artists who photograph their handmade jewelry, you’ll be sure to relate to his experience and advice. In his initial workshop, Jim covers equipment, set-up, fill cards, diffusion frames, and more. In his sequel Beyond the Basics, he’s back to demonstrate specific techniques for styling and photographing each category of jewelry, from tiny earrings to lengthy necklaces and everything in between. You’ll learn tips for achieving proper camera angles, creating backgrounds, and capturing shine and shadow without sacrificing either (with a little help from Photoshop).

From styling to shooting to editing, you’ll learn techniques you can put to immediate use in your own jewelry photography.

From styling to shooting to editing, you’ll learn techniques you can put to immediate use in your own jewelry photography.

From Aperture to Aptitude: Take the Jewelry Photography Quiz!

1. What simple tool could save the day when photographing unruly, dangly earrings?

2. How important is styling the jewelry before photographing it?

3. Can you use a fluorescent light source as soon as you turn it on?

4. What is a color chart for?

5. What aperture is recommended for keeping your entire piece of jewelry in focus?

Regardless of your quiz results, with Jim’s experience and advice, you’ll be well on your way to making your jewelry photography look as beautiful as the jewelry is in real life.

Go get the perfect shot!
Tamara Kula
Producer, Bead & Jewelry Group


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