Last week I picked up some beautiful silver jewellery, hand made by Karen Owens at JB Gaynan & Son of Ledbury, Herefordshire, to take some product / jewellery photography images that they can use on their website and on promotional material, such as a banner for a stand at a show.
Jewellery photography has it’s own set of challenges, as shiny metal can easily have overblown highlights reflecting whatever light source you’re using, and it requires a very sharp angle and very close (almost macro for the smaller pieces) camera work. Karen wanted the jewellery photographed on a black background, which I think was a good choice as it really lets the jewellery shine out without competing with other bright or colourful parts of the image.
I chose to add a black reflecting surface to add interest to the photographs, making them something more than just photographs of the jewellery itself, but beautiful images that have an extra reason to catch people’s eye and make them want to know more – to click a link or come over to talk at a show.
The other challenge comes from something that’s around us all the time… dust. No matter how much you use a lint brush on your black background, or wipe the black reflecting surface, dust will settle back. If you can’t see it with your eyes, you’ll see it when you look at the photos on screen. So photography like this usually requires more post-processing to make the photographs really pop.
JB Gaynan & Son has many more beautiful hand made pieces, so do visit their website or drop into the shop the next time you’re in Ledbury.