Jewelry photography – day 6+ (Updated)


Here’s a short wrap up on how far I’ve come to date. I now actively use my home built opal plastic tube thingi that some of you have seen and I want to thank Ted who gave me the idea (the round shape that was). Also a big thanks’ to all of you that gave suggestions and comments in my “HELP ME” post – for you that missed it, please visit and read. Great comments!

On the right is my original sketch of how I thought the opal stuff could be used and my setup right now more or less looks the same, although I only use three light sources – One from beneath as the picture show and one from the left and the big soft box from right, tilted 45 degrees. So it’s not exactly as the sketch but very close.

Here is the video I made that shows how I built the box.

And yes, it’s very irritating that the video size came up wrong – Mom looks fat! :D I tried to use the built in uploader within ScreenFlow – but as you see it doesn’t cope well with my wide screen iMac. I better export using x264 in the future as well.

I also try to eliminate the need to paint those rings – and by painting I mean using the curve tool and then paint in Photoshop using the brush – which you need to do if you have bad reflections – and with this setup I more or less eliminated any unwanted, unfriendly reflection. The thing that looks like a light source is actually a white paper thing that I put inside to give a shape. (Clive). I’m still experimenting.

In order to make it look as goldish as possible I needed to see gold because these rings are all made out of different materials – and has slightly different tones of metal color – kind of goldish but often not so I have to work on each to make them look kind of the same. Although I do feel that I over did it some on these below. I used this shot / illustration as gold model.

All images developed and edited using Photoshop Lightroom 3 and Photoshop. No painting this time – I might do that with the final thing but I’ll try to avoid it as much as possible. ISO100 used. Might change back to ISO50 as it’s MUCH denser to work with.

I have some left to do, but something tells me that the hardest part is behind me now.

Here’s a second movie about the set in action. :)

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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17 Responses to Jewelry photography – day 6+ (Updated)

  1. Their looking great! At least now there are no visible reflections of you :)

  2. Clive says:

    Carl, this is all looking much better, and sounds very much more in your control – happy for you.

    For my taste, would soften the remaining dark areas, which I think are the corners of the ‘roof’ of your opal enclosure.

    How? Maybe just some external lights on those edges where they are important, so that their natural shadow is reduced.

    but anyway, you have things where you can handle them. Great.

    Best from late, and this is answer for your last page, since you gave more examples here. Wonderful what the community could offer here, and I did some 3d playing as well — not to the level these guys could ;)

  3. Hi Clive, thanks, I’m trying hard to get a mix between soft and shape – something that tells that the ring has a glossy surface – if it has. :)

    This is one of my latest tries. From now I need to get started with the “real” thing. No more tests. White gold.. The tough part is to get the same angle on all – the surface is quite slippery.

    [img] shot 2010-09-09 at 14.42.29.jpg[/img]

  4. Clive says:

    Hei, Carl. On this one I can really see how much you are now in control, and ‘trying things’.

    My part in liking the toned down contrasts is there. The rest, as far as what shape qualities, angles, etc., I think is really down to you and the jeweler – finding what you are both pleased with.

    I can see how much you are in the creative phase there, so won’t say more ;). I know that creative phase is where you like to be, and we always enjoy the results.

    Best, Carl.


  5. Hanna S says:

    缘分!And typically Kalle. I have just recommended you to a jewellery artist I know who needs pictures taken – without knowing that you had actually prepared yourself for jewellery photography!
    Please get in touch.

  6. Carl says:

    Hi Hanna! :D I think I will..

  7. thanks for your help!

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  12. korkmaz says:

    Hey buddy

    Just wanted to ask how did you connect all the receivers together? Are they all same brand? I’m having trouble with connecting my elinchrom trigger to yongnuo 602 receiver to use my bx500ri’s and 430ex ii together. do you have any idea?

  13. James Cooper says:

    If white background can be used then its not required to do much post processing task I guess.

  14. Nasrin says:

    Perfect jewelry photography technique, our many photographer follow this technique.

  15. Salim Ahmed says:

    Helpful post i’m glad to here. Thanks for sharing a professional post.

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