How to Photograph Jewelry for Ebay or Etsy - Three Secret Tips on Close up Photography
Close up of earring jewelry for a sales photo
Secret tip number one...
Get as close as you possibly can!
Use the macro function of your camera. Read your cameras instruction manual on how to do close ups using the Macro lens or Macro function setting.
I use a Kodak Easy Share Z612 digital camera with auto-focus and lots of other auto functions. Experiment with all of your cameras functions until you are adept at all of them. Just follow the directions in the manual and take practice shots using various functions and settings. Practice makes perfect!
Remember, you don't have to waste film anymore. You can use thousands of shots to learn how to operate your camera. Then erase them all with the formatting function, You might even accidentally take some prize winning shots. You never know until you try.
Selling jewelry on eBay is easy if you learn how to shoot macro shots well.
Secret tip number two
Always use a jewelry model to show off how the item will look while being worn.
Naturally, the prettiest model (or body part of a model) will be needed for this step. Try to use children to model children's items. Child models are the best! To use a model, you will first need their permission and a signed model release is necessary to use a professional model.
To model rings and bracelets, make sure to use a well manicured hand and a pose that does not take away from the brilliance of the jewelry being photographed.
Use flattering soft lighting for models and if possible, use photo editing software to take out blemishes and increase color and lighting highlights. Best sellers for photo editing software are offered at Amazon. (See sidebar) Windows operating photo software is a good place to start learning simple editing tools. This is the software that pops up when you open or download a photo to your computer. It's not very sophisticated and I do recommend a full photo editing application. Learning to edit photography could turn out to be a whole lucrative career move.
A good free one is located at The GNU Image Manipulation Program which is an open office type of software. Once you get the program downloaded to your computer, open the application and start studying the help files! The easiest way to learn photo manipulation is with the help files included in the application and, of course, you must practice constantly. Don't be afraid to mess up! You can always start over.
Use of angles or different views
Secret tip number three
Use different angles, views, backgrounds and sizes
In other words, always use as many photographs as possible! The more photographs you take of an object, the better the buyer will be able to make a buying decision. Never skimp on photos! Remember the old saying, "A photo is worth a thousand words."
Experiment with your photo editing tools! Big tip - Make it a habit and always used the "save as" function instead of the regular "save" setting. This will ensure that your original is always available to play with some more.
Also, don't forget the "undo" button. This is arguably the most important button in the universe and it's found in almost every software application on your computer! If you mess something up - presto/chango - you hit the undo button and all is erased immediately, or at least from the last time you saved.
P.S - Theses earrings are going to a good home.
Excellent lighting tips for product photography, and it's ok to use a regular auto/digital camera with this system.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2011 Lela