Jewelry photography, Day three.. (Update)

EDIT. Late Evening, day three. Last edit for tonight.
This last one has very strong colors because I selected “vivid” color mode in SPP. No added saturation – actually I pulled it back a bit in PS. The full size shot, with all it’s flaws.

Alright, day three is over.. Last shot.

Morning part: The basic setup is taken from so I don’t feel right about showing you too much, but you will be able to follow my progress thru the reflections and before after shots. Anyone know where to get transparent white wax that I can use as glue? Now I’m using the yellow bee thingi..

Day three..

In day two I really felt I didn’t get the shape right, and so I put small pieces of black foam board around until I got the shape that I wanted. Now I did a very quick PS5 fix and no dirt removal (just a tiny bit) and I now understand the importans of gloves! :D


How do you feel? Better than day 2?

About Carl Rytterfalk

Welcome to my blog! I'm Carl Rytterfalk, a swedish photographer who loves everything that is interesting in the world of photography. In 2002 I fell in love with the three layered Foveon sensor and has since then been an addicted user of Sigma cameras. Though I use Canon and Nikon as well. :)
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20 Responses to Jewelry photography, Day three.. (Update)

  1. Bob van Ooik says:

    mmm, the one from day two has a lighter, more like the Tiffany feel. This one has more definition though. The other did appeal to me personally more. Will you be able to get a ring with real stones? Diamonds do react different to light, might be worth to work that out upfront too.

  2. Bob van Ooik says:

    Oh and one other thing, make sure the text inside is readable.

  3. Scott Greiff says:

    I agree with Bob. It might be nice to be able to read the inscription and getting some light that would add some specularity to the gems might also be a plus.

  4. Ted Johnson says:

    Maybe it’s just me, but I find the dark reflections on the inside of the ring distracting, and the black reflections on the outside too strong. They certainly add a sense of depth, however.

  5. Hi Bob, Yes. real things later and I’m sure I’ll redo some when I have stuff that “shines”. Today I went shopping.. Lots of stuff that will help me with these shots. I went to a wall paper shop and got myself lot of different reflective surfaces to try. :) To help the gold.

    And yes, I need to find a way to make those letters become less distracting and more readable although different rings has different text and not always at the same place.

  6. Bob van Ooik says:

    At least turn the ring so that the text is in normal reading direction. That is always less distracting. If I understood Olga right, the black parts are seen as a “no go” in the Russian world. People might at first glance think there is a defect.

  7. Clive says:

    Hmm. These opinions about jewelry are fascinating, and sounds Bob and Olga have some important information, so I will keep my ideas quiet.

    Personally, I liked the interest of Day 3 much better than Day 2. But then it seems to go against the ‘bland, perfect’ look concept.

    Color is what I’ve felt all along might make the middle ground. But it’s very possibly proscribed – not allowed by the conventions or the opinion of the shop owner.

    If I have a chance to play and come up with anything possibly interesting, I’ll let you know.

    Meanwhile, the materials you are intending to help the gold may add their own way.

    A tough job, I think, Carl, and you are very good in your working towards it.


  8. Hi Bob, Will try more things – with and without the black. I might keep it, but not using black, but golden paper to enhance the feeling of gold.

    Right now I switched from 70mm to my oldest buddy, the Sigma 105mm. And I also changed flash to an old big studio flash, 150W and a softbox. My setup is now pretty different from what I started with. :)

    Experiments without your latest tips in mind. (I do listen to you idea about russian thingis).

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  9. Hi Clive, Thanks! :D We’ll see. It’s an interesting world to explore for sure and it will become much more interesting with time as all rings aren’t created equal. hehe

    And Ted, will change that to something more interesting. Something that gives shape but isn’t quite as distracting. If possible. hehe

  10. uri c says:

    so carl

    i see you got the sd15.

    i am thinking to sell my fear canon 7d,24-105L,ef300f4L , 70-200F4IS ,canon 1.4 extender.

    and go for this setup what do you think about that and when you will get a review about the sd15. i took it for an hour of a test drive so a cant get a real feel about what change from the sd14.

    thank you

    1. 17-50mm F2.8 EX DC OS HSM
    2. 70-200mm F2.8 EX DG APOMacro HSM II
    3. 1.4X Teleconverter EX APO DG
    4. 300mm F2.8 EX APO DG HSM
    5. sigma SD15 + 2 battery
    6. 2* 8gb sd ultra

  11. Hi Uri,

    The package you specify looks like a dream team! My own review will be done in a not to distant future (the Video review) although right now I’m pretty deep into work – and I have some stuff coming up that needs my attention.

    The biggest changes from the SD14 is lower noise, ISO100 on the SD15 is similar to ISO50 on the SD14 – Buffer never gets full, at least not in normal use and you have five images for HDR instead of “only” three.

    Also one of the biggest advantages is the new LCD which is much improved over the old one – including the user interface. But there is lots more..

  12. Hey hey. I just sent you two links to some Russian studios who is specializing on jewellery photography. They are also very helpful if you contact them directly. Hope it will give you some inspiration.

  13. Ted Johnson says:

    Wow! What a difference with the late evening edit. The stones really jump out now.And the black is enough to define the rings shape without overwhelming the gold.

  14. Anonymous says:

    Oh, Carl! Are you still wedded (no pun intended) to having a black reflection on the inside of the ring? If not, you might pull the black foam toward the camera. That way it won’t reflect off the inside but will still help define the outside.

  15. uri c says:


    what about high iso photographt between the two models ?

    do you think that the sd15 with overcome the 7d ?

    thank you

  16. Hi Uri,

    No. Definitely no. Most other DSLR cameras beats todays Foveon when it comes to very high ISO. Although making it Monochrome and it’s a different story. Especially from RAW. ;)

    So you will be a happy shooter to about ISO800 – above will produce nice if light isn’t too bad – but well, that’s about it.

    Oh, another thing that foveon is really good at – Long exposures! So if you use a tripod and you wanna shoot in the dark, at night, etc – then you will most likely not be disappointed. MAX 2 min though.

  17. Bob van Ooik says:

    Olga Vasilkova: Hey hey. I just sent you two links to some Russian studios who is specializing on jewellery photography. They are also very helpful if you contact them directly. Hope it will give you some inspiration.

    Hey hey Frau Vasilkova, why not share those links with all of us mere mortals? ;)

  18. Yes, Olga, You should! There are some really interesting stuff there and it’s easy to get ideas for future projects. :)

  19. uri c says:

    hello carl

    what about shooting birds ?

    is the contiunes focus is better in the sd15.

    what has change in the sd15 in the image quality ?
    this is all that matter to the sd15 vs 7d in iso to 400 or 800.
    is there anywhere i can find a desent review on the net

    thank you

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