Assignment #58: Jewelry

NikolaiNikolai Darth SLRLa LA landRegistered Users Posts: 19,035 Major grins
edited May 31, 2009 in Assignments
Jewelry is surprisingly hard to photograph properly. Shiny and tiny, it tends to reflect everything around it, go out of focus faster than a racing car and cause all other possible problems for a person who tries to photograph it.
Nevertheless, this week we're going to take a shot at it.
Our goal is to create an image of a jewelry that would be suitable for one or several of the potential customers:
  1. Online jewelry store (white page, no visible b/g)
  2. Fancy magazine full page ad (dark artsy b/g)
Start with rings. Advance to earrings. Finish up with chains, bracelets and/or pendants.

As always, fresh images only.

Let's get bejeweled!
"May the f/stop be with you!"
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  • Antonio CorreiaAntonio Correia Always learning Setubal - PortugalRegistered Users Posts: 6,238 Major grins
    edited November 10, 2007
  • NikolaiNikolai Darth SLR La LA landRegistered Users Posts: 19,035 Major grins
    edited November 10, 2007
    Indeed lol3.gif
    By trust me, I'm coming with the subjects all by myself! mwink.gifdeal.gif
    "May the f/stop be with you!"
  • Antonio CorreiaAntonio Correia Always learning Setubal - PortugalRegistered Users Posts: 6,238 Major grins
    edited November 10, 2007
    Nikolai wrote:
    Indeed lol3.gif
    By trust me, I'm coming with the subjects all by myself! mwink.gifdeal.gif

    That did not come to my mind !
    :D
    All the best ! ... António Correia - Facebook
  • ShepsMomShepsMom Gone Crazy, Be Back... Swamps of FloridaRegistered Users Posts: 4,319 Major grins
    edited November 10, 2007
    Ok, i tried, i really did, i swear. I promis no to do it EVER again!!!

    Artsy-fartsy my butt!!!

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    OK, Before you yell at me for posting tons of shots, i just have to repeat, i did try and this is the proof. I just spent 1 hour shooting these rolleyes1.gifOMG. Thank you for the laughs anyway!! Now i need to go back and do something more productive!
    Marina
    www.intruecolors.com
    Nikon D700 x2/D300
    Nikon 70-200 2.8/50 1.8/85 1.8/14.24 2.8
  • NikolaiNikolai Darth SLR La LA landRegistered Users Posts: 19,035 Major grins
    edited November 10, 2007
    ShepsMom wrote:
    Ok, i tried, i really did, i swear. I promis no to do it EVER again!!!

    Artsy-fartsy my butt!!!
    ...
    OK, Before you yell at me for posting tons of shots, i just have to repeat, i did try and this is the proof. I just spent 1 hour shooting these rolleyes1.gifOMG. Thank you for the laughs anyway!! Now i need to go back and do something more productive!
    Marina,
    I lreally like the first 4 thumb.gif , the rest it kinda meh ne_nau.gif
    Thank you for trying! thumb.gif
    "May the f/stop be with you!"
  • Antonio CorreiaAntonio Correia Always learning Setubal - PortugalRegistered Users Posts: 6,238 Major grins
    edited November 11, 2007
    My try without macro lens. Just the 24-70
    I know it has too much shadows, that the shadows inside the ring are not very nice, that the shadow of the ring to the right is not nice ... but I tried.
    More ? Yes, later.:D


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    Nikolai: b/g stands for what ?ne_nau.gif
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    Shot with my home-made macro lens ! :D
    I know, it's not perfect. The background is not very ... black ?
    All the best ! ... António Correia - Facebook
  • NikolaiNikolai Darth SLR La LA landRegistered Users Posts: 19,035 Major grins
    edited November 12, 2007
    ring
    Thank you!
    "May the f/stop be with you!"
  • MoniMoni Image addict TorontoRegistered Users Posts: 245 Major grins
    edited November 12, 2007
    I shot these as a creative fashion editorial:

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  • Antonio CorreiaAntonio Correia Always learning Setubal - PortugalRegistered Users Posts: 6,238 Major grins
    edited November 12, 2007
    220664177-M.jpg220663455-M.jpg220662041-M.jpg220661238-M.jpg220659825-M.jpg Very sensual henn ? No white pages however headscratch.gif
    All the best ! ... António Correia - Facebook
  • Antonio CorreiaAntonio Correia Always learning Setubal - PortugalRegistered Users Posts: 6,238 Major grins
    edited November 12, 2007
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    No white pages either :toni :deadhorse
    All the best ! ... António Correia - Facebook
  • ShepsMomShepsMom Gone Crazy, Be Back... Swamps of FloridaRegistered Users Posts: 4,319 Major grins
    edited November 12, 2007
    Moni, very nice work!

    Antonio, did you use frozen fish for your rings???? headscratch.gifscratchheadscratch.gif
    Marina
    www.intruecolors.com
    Nikon D700 x2/D300
    Nikon 70-200 2.8/50 1.8/85 1.8/14.24 2.8
  • Antonio CorreiaAntonio Correia Always learning Setubal - PortugalRegistered Users Posts: 6,238 Major grins
    edited November 13, 2007
    ShepsMom wrote:
    ...Antonio, did you use frozen fish for your rings???? headscratch.gifscratchheadscratch.gif

    No, I didn't. :D
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    This was our dinner. Grilled with letuce and tomatoe salad mwink.gif
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    All the best ! ... António Correia - Facebook
  • NikolaiNikolai Darth SLR La LA landRegistered Users Posts: 19,035 Major grins
    edited November 13, 2007
    Moni wrote:
    I shot these as a creative fashion editorial:
    Moni, these are great! I like the theme! thumb.gif
    "May the f/stop be with you!"
  • NikolaiNikolai Darth SLR La LA landRegistered Users Posts: 19,035 Major grins
    edited November 13, 2007
    Very sensual henn ? No white pages however headscratch.gif
    Interesting... But yes, I'd prefer more standard background. This one has too much light/texture in it, so it distracts fromt he primary subject... ne_nau.gif
    "May the f/stop be with you!"
  • Antonio CorreiaAntonio Correia Always learning Setubal - PortugalRegistered Users Posts: 6,238 Major grins
    edited November 13, 2007
    I think this time you will like this photo Nikolai.
    However, I am aware that it is far from beeing a good photo. I do know it could be improved. But I don't have two flashes, nor ... well... excuses :D
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    All the best ! ... António Correia - Facebook
  • NikolaiNikolai Darth SLR La LA landRegistered Users Posts: 19,035 Major grins
    edited November 13, 2007
    I think this time you will like this photo Nikolai.
    However, I am aware that it is far from beeing a good photo. I do know it could be improved. But I don't have two flashes, nor ... well... excuses :D
    You're right, that's what I'm after! thumb.gif
    And I said in the very beginnning that shooting jewelry is tough (almost like women who like it so much:-) deal.gif
    "May the f/stop be with you!"
  • Antonio CorreiaAntonio Correia Always learning Setubal - PortugalRegistered Users Posts: 6,238 Major grins
    edited November 13, 2007
    Nikolai wrote:
    You're right, that's what I'm after! thumb.gif
    And I said in the very beginnning that shooting jewelry is tough (almost like women who like it so much:-) deal.gif

    I am going to try in some hours an idea I just had as I was walking my daily 3,5 kms ! ...
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    All the best ! ... António Correia - Facebook
  • frgfrg Major grins Sydney, AustraliaRegistered Users Posts: 583 Major grins
    edited November 14, 2007
    First try
    Just could not nail the focus with the closeup flter:cry dof extremely narrow ..... gonna try again later

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  • NikolaiNikolai Darth SLR La LA landRegistered Users Posts: 19,035 Major grins
    edited November 14, 2007
    frg wrote:
    Just could not nail the focus with the closeup flter:cry dof extremely narrow ..... gonna try again later
    Nice first try, thank you! thumb.gif
    "May the f/stop be with you!"
  • entropysedgeentropysedge chaos watcher central NJRegistered Users Posts: 190 Major grins
    edited November 15, 2007
    Here's my first try at this one:

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    Taken with my Fuji S5 and Sigma DC18-50mm 1:2.8 macro f/22 ISO 200 aperture piority. Cropped in CS3, then replace color, hue saturation and unsharp mask.
  • NikolaiNikolai Darth SLR La LA landRegistered Users Posts: 19,035 Major grins
    edited November 15, 2007
    Here's my first try at this one:
    Taken with my Fuji S5 and Sigma DC18-50mm 1:2.8 macro f/22 ISO 200 aperture piority. Cropped in CS3, then replace color, hue saturation and unsharp mask.

    Thank you! thumb.gif

    Since it's not on a white b/g I assume this is supposed to be fancy magazine ad. WIth that in mind I'd say too much of a too bright b/g and not enough accent on the earrings themselves.. ne_nau.gif
    "May the f/stop be with you!"
  • Jed SmithJed Smith Beginner grinner Seattle, WARegistered Users Posts: 5 Beginner grinner
    edited November 15, 2007
    Seems like these assignments should be a good time to learn how for a new beginner like myself. See what you think, hopefully I stayed within the "rules" of play. The resolution isn't the best as these were all taken with the kit zoom lens (18-55)--that's my best excuse and I'm sticking with it.

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    Wasn't sure if reflective white surfaces went with the theme...

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    Note: the reddish on the back is real and is why someone will be getting a new ring after this it would seem. Supporting it over the surface with a paperclip requires tape, not just bending the paperclip around the ring... 11doh.gif

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    Ah, what wonders b/w does for removing that pesky problem...now if only it were that easy in real life...
  • entropysedgeentropysedge chaos watcher central NJRegistered Users Posts: 190 Major grins
    edited November 15, 2007
    Atempt #2:

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  • NikolaiNikolai Darth SLR La LA landRegistered Users Posts: 19,035 Major grins
    edited November 15, 2007
    Jed Smith wrote:
    Seems like these assignments should be a good time to learn how for a new beginner like myself. See what you think, hopefully I stayed within the "rules" of play. The resolution isn't the best as these were all taken with the kit zoom lens (18-55)--that's my best excuse and I'm sticking with it.

    ...
    Ah, what wonders b/w does for removing that pesky problem...now if only it were that easy in real life...

    Thanks, Jed, great entries! thumb.gif
    "May the f/stop be with you!"
  • NikolaiNikolai Darth SLR La LA landRegistered Users Posts: 19,035 Major grins
    edited November 15, 2007
    Atempt #2:
    Thank you!
    Uhm, I'm not sure. Now it looks plasticky. ne_nau.gif
    Please check Jed's entry above, this is more what I had in mind...deal.gif
    "May the f/stop be with you!"
  • MoniMoni Image addict TorontoRegistered Users Posts: 245 Major grins
    edited November 28, 2007
    Luxe black background
    Ok, here are my tries at a black background.

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    This is so hard to focus...I need a macro lens.

    I held the ring up with a back wire (you can see the dark part on the right side) that I cloned out after.
    The extra lighting is with a flashlight with a rather blue light.



    The gold itself is a little dinged -- they are my rings and I've had them 5 yrs now.

    -- I should add, my rings are white gold...
  • NikolaiNikolai Darth SLR La LA landRegistered Users Posts: 19,035 Major grins
    edited November 28, 2007
    Moni,
    Moni wrote:
    Ok, here are my tries at a black background.
    Thank you, nice entries! thumb.gif
    I told you, jewelry IS hard to shoot deal.gifmwink.gif
    "May the f/stop be with you!"
  • doug pettwaydoug pettway Douguerreotypes Shepherdstown, WVRegistered Users Posts: 55 Big grins
    edited January 16, 2008
    alrighty, i have new appreciation for those who photograph these little buggers.

    Here are two pics of my wedding band.

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    i've really got to get some dedicated photographic lighting for stuff like this. :D
  • NikolaiNikolai Darth SLR La LA landRegistered Users Posts: 19,035 Major grins
    edited January 17, 2008
    alrighty, i have new appreciation for those who photograph these little buggers.
    Here are two pics of my wedding band.
    i've really got to get some dedicated photographic lighting for stuff like this. :D
    Thank you, glad you're getting some ideas:-)
    "May the f/stop be with you!"
  • Chrissiebeez_NLChrissiebeez_NL Major grins Amsterdam, The netherlandsRegistered Users Posts: 1,295 Major grins
    edited January 22, 2008
    hi all!

    inspired by the reversed lens macro i decided to try some jewelry with it rolleyes1.gif

    Just an hour into trying to focus with it i got this. what do you think?
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    Visit my website at christopherroos.smugmug.com
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