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Photographing Jewelry and other shiny objects

As soon as the word gets out that you have that nice camera someone is going to ask you to photograph their hobby work. Jewelry and sculptures are especially commonplace and can be very challenging UNTIL you know the magic of a photographic light tent.

This is also a great area to potentially generate a little income from your photography.  You do not need a studio or fancy equipment and you can set up on your kitchen table.

I photographed high end fine jewelry for many years. Almost 100% of the time I used some variation of a light tent.

This lighting device can be purchased quite inexpensively in the $25-$100 range. Once you understand the physics of the light you can easily make a custom light tent from simple art supplies for less than $10. I made all my own light tents and I will show you how.

Lighting can be either studio strobes, your camera flash units or even desk lamps. We will explore all those options.

This workshop involves photographing small reflective products like jewelry. The technique can be used though for many types of subjects, including fine art nudes. Of course you'd need a bigger tent for that! :)

I will bring a commercially available light tent and all the materials to easily build your own. I will also supply all the lighting.  We will have multiple set ups where you can shoot so bring some jewelry or small products.

You bring your camera (make sure that you can focus close up) and some small, reflective, shiny subjects to photograph.

We will meet at the studio at 7:30PM and shoot until around 10PM.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Come and learn.

Rick

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  • Rob B.

    Photographing jewelry can be more technical than you realize, however, Rick made the technical and how to accomplish the shoot very simple, many years of experience (Only if you were there).

    We had a light tent but Rick, chose to show us how to build one of our own using certain inexpensive materials and how to tape together without showing shadow lines and how to light specific items of jewelry with large stones so each facet would show, If they don’t show your work is not acceptable. Another faucet no pun intend. Rick explain some of the business procedures, understanding the customer expectation you may be working with an agent or art director who has to approve you setup and preliminary work. Remember you should have a contract.
    This meetup should be on your bucket list. Did I get my dollar value you do the math started at 7:30 walked out the door about 11:15 about an hour late. It worth a lot more.

    We also had an international guest from Canada Brian Katz

    December 16, 2012

  • Rick R.

    Great group of photographers! It is a real pleasure for me to be able to share my experience and knowledge with such wonderful photographers.

    December 14, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I've just returned from my first Meetup with the group and want to thank Rick so much for sharing his wealth of knowledge and experience so generously.

    Most importantly, I learned a ton about light and the challenges and solutions of Photographing Jewelry Great group

    December 13, 2012

    • Rick R.

      Thank you Brian. I look forward to keeping in touch and seeing you at other workshops.

      December 14, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Rick shared his wealth of knowledge and experience so generously.
    I learned a ton about light and the challenges and solutions of Photographing Jewelry and other subjects

    December 13, 2012

  • Rob B.

    If you think of it bring a copy of shooting panoramas. I was never able to make the download play.

    December 13, 2012

    • Rick R.

      Done already

      December 13, 2012

  • Rob B.

    What equipment do we need to bring

    December 13, 2012

    • Rick R.

      If you want to shoot just bring a camera and a close focusing lens. I am not bringing too many props to shoot though. This is more of a demonstration of technique.

      December 13, 2012

    • Rick R.

      Feel free to bring something small to shoot.

      December 13, 2012

  • Rob B.

    Diane & I need to know if you have room to ride with you tomorrow and what time do we meet at Starbucks.

    December 12, 2012

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