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Forum: Pentax K-5 09-11-2012, 05:52 PM  
Tips on a jewelry photoshoot?
Posted By Chaos_Realm
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Hmm this is a nice tip... I might have to look into it to fix that grey(ish) background I have

...Always Learning :)
Forum: Pentax K-5 09-11-2012, 04:35 PM  
Tips on a jewelry photoshoot?
Posted By Chaos_Realm
Replies: 3
Views: 1,436
This is always a bit of fun.. :)

Personally I prefer to shoot things like jewelry on white or black backgrounds to give added contrast to the object I just used an A3-A2 sheet of paper and curve it up behind to create that infinity wall look. Camera settings; I tend to use either my Tamron SP AF 90mm F2.8 Di or my Sigma EX 105mm F2.8 Macro @ 1/125 ISO 100 and F5.6-11 depending on needed depth of field. I use 1/125 instead of 1/180 due to my wireless triggers (2X Yongnuo RF602's) having a bit of lag in them and catch the shutter closing at shutter speeds above that. As for lighting I use 2 off camera strobes (Yongnuo 560 + Metz 58AF-2) with diffusers to get a more even light, ie at a 45 degree angle either side of the camera.

Here is the type of results you can achieve with that sort of set up:

Pentax SMC K 200mm F4 (2 of 6) by S.Morrison, on Flickr


Pentax K-7 Body #2 (4 of 10) by S.Morrison, on Flickr

Edit: most of the lighting stuff I got off ebay:
Yongnuo flash: $70 (My metz was from B&H @ $300 but I use it as hotshoe flash most of the time for events as the yongnuo lacks features for that stuff)
Radio Trigger: $30
Umbrellas 33": $4each
Light stands: $6-10 each

Edit #2:
You could also try firing a strobe from underneath to reduce the shadows cast, but this requires a 3rd strobe to ensure even lighting.
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