How to Photograph Your Jewelry Video Download

Join Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist photographer Jim Lawson for an in-depth look at capturing professional-looking photos of your own handmade jewelry.
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Take stunning photos of your jewelry . . . In a snap!

Get expert tips and tricks on how to photograph your own jewelry. Join Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist photographer Jim Lawson for an in-depth look at capturing professional-looking photos of your handmade jewelry.

Discover different ways to accentuate a variety of materials and types of jewelry. From sparkling faceted beads and highly polished copper to natural stone pendants and sanded sterling silver, Jim covers how to make your pieces look their best.

Take a comprehensive look into photographing jewelry as you:

  • Discover how to set up your light to maximize the look of your jewelry designs.
  • See how the simple addition of fill cards dramatically improves the details of your jewelry.
  • Get expert answers to frequently asked questions with jewelry professional Lexi Erickson.
  • Uncover the secrets behind great photos with the use of gradient backgrounds, light diffusion screens, and more.
  • Learn how to take quality photos with a point 'n' shoot camera and inexpensive setup.
  • From juried photos to online selling, enhance your photos for maximum success.
  • Explore insider tips on how to use computer programs to enhance your shoots.
  • And more!

 

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SKU HDEP4358
Product Type Video Download
Author/Designer Jim Lawson
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Customer Reviews (4)
Excellent step-by-step instructions
I thoroughly enjoyed this video and learned a great deal about how to improve my jewelry photos and make the best use of my camera. As one reviewer mentioned, it's best to get this in HD rather than the standard video - then you can clearly see the 'before & after' differences in the photos that Jim takes as he applies each technique.

Contrary to a previous review, you do *not* need to get a lot of expensive equipment to get value from this video.

My camera is not a DSLR, it's several years old and I cannot tether it to my computer but I still was able to do most of the things suggested and my photos have improved dramatically. Jims says at the beginning that you can use a point-and-shoot camera, although a camera that has some manual options (such as aperture priority mode) is recommended.

As for tethering - sure, it's more convenient to tether and see what pictures you've taken instantly appear on your PC/laptop, but as I can't do that I just take a series of maybe 20 or so at a time, jot down what I did and then go to my PC to download the photos and review them. Just takes a bit more time. You can also use free photo editing software to review and make the basic changes Jim suggests, such as GIMP, Pixlr, Picassa. You don't have to use Photoshop/Lightroom or Adobe Bridge.

Also, you don't need to have the big softbox light Jim uses - I often use a window instead (Jim suggests this) and diffuse through white muslin.

There are lots of tips on things such as composition & lighting jewelry, which you can apply to whatever kit you currently have, however basic. The only exception to this is that you really do need a tripod, but if you only plan on using it indoors you can probably get away with a pretty basic cheaper one.

If you are serious about taking time to practice and improve your jewelry photos then this is the video for you. Adapt the principles Jim outlines to whatever kit you have now, and if you want to invest in more gear at a later stage, this video gives you some good pointers as to what to buy.
Review by Sally (Posted on 3/29/2016)
HD version is better than the Standard one
If purchasing this, be sure to get the HD version. It's better quality. I accidentally bought the STD version and then went back and bought the better one.

Definitely some 'Ah-Ha!' moments in this series for me. I've learned a LOT from them and can use the info to create much better pictures for my jewelry!
Review by Joanne (Posted on 4/30/2014)
Disappointing - does not list equipment requirements
Can't tell you how bummed I was when I bought this and realized I needed a tetherable camera and Adobe photo editing software or couldn't do anything in the video. My Canon Powershot was the first one that came out without the ability to tether, and I had to spend hours on the web trying to find workarounds - there aren't any. Plus I don't have Adobe Photoshop or Lightroom. I submitted a review to this effect last year but nobody published it. Check your camera capabilities and be ready to go out and purchase expensive software or this video will be useless. These requirements should be listed in the item description and they are not. BTW, it's not impossible to follow these instructions with a desktop computer but it really helps to have a laptop too. You won't find any of this out until you buy the video. Review by Martha (Posted on 7/12/2013)
Awesome Video
I just watched the whole video and I can't wait to get into the studio and use these instructions. The video gives you instruction that is simple and very to the point. I just am so pleased with my purchase. If you have had any difficulty photographing your jewelry, this is the video for you. Jim Lawson tells you the equipment and set up you need. He goes over camera settings and even shows you a little on how to process your pics on the computer. I don't have the set up he recommends (and you can tell by the quality of my pics) but I soon will and my old equipment will be for sale. I would give this video a six star rating if I could! Review by Catherine Miesen (Posted on 4/5/2012)
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