Top Tips To Achieve Striking Ring Photography – By Studio Packshots

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Rings are small, stunningly beautiful pieces of jewellery that come with a set of challenges. Tiny details and 360-degree reflections pose difficulties even to the most experienced ring photography experts. Not to mention the complicated designs and various stone shapes.

However, there is no need to be alarmed. There are techniques you can use as guides to make it a little bit easier for yourself. We will share with you our reliable tips on how to photograph jewellery and guide you through the whole process step by step.

The right tools for the job can make photographing your rings a lot more straight forward and with a bit of practice, you should be able to achieve the desired shots. Here are some of our tips to help you along the way.

PREPARATION

1. Cleaning

Jewellery pieces need to be thoroughly cleaned in order to achieve a spotless look. Things like fingerprints, dust marks and other imperfections can appear very obvious and as a result, affect the quality of your image.

We recommend using a microfibre cloth and a bit of alcohol to tackle this. Wearing cotton gloves when handling your products is also advised for preventing unwanted fingerprints. You can remove any remaining marks in post-production; however, the better the preparation, the easier it will be after.

RING PHOTOGRAPHY EQUIPMENT

Using the right tools for ring photography is very important in order to achieve striking results. To ensure your images come out crispy sharp, it’s important to use a tripod and a remote shutter release where possible. This will help you avoid unwanted camera shake and keep your shots framed in the exact same way. Consistent framing is especially useful if you’re planning on focus stacking at a later stage.

2. Lens

Investing in a good quality macro lens will be beneficial for your ring photography. This lens is particularly useful when capturing close up shots with tiny details that you don’t want to miss. We advise using manual focus when shooting to achieve an accurate focal point. Using the auto-focus option could prove unreliable, mainly because of the subject size.

We always recommend researching to see what’s available on the market within your budget price.

3. Lightbox

A lightbox can be very handy in helping you bounce the light evenly off your ring. It creates more shine, adds definition, and improves the focus. You can purchase a lightbox online for an affordable price from places such as Amazon. They are easy to use and a great helping hand in photography.

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4. Base

You can use a variety of bases for your jewellery photography depending on your shadow and reflection preference. For a professional and sophisticated look, we recommend using white paper as your base. This is the most popular option because of the advantages it offers when working with shadows. On the other hand, using glass or a white Perspex surface will create beautiful reflections of your ring. Another option is to use a wide aperture to blur out the background and put the whole focus on the ring. All of these can also be achieved in post-production; therefore, we often find that it depends on individual preference.

SETTING UP THE SHOT – THINGS TO CONSIDER

5. Positioning

Experimenting with your shots is the best practice to find out what works best for your product. We recommend trying out multiple angles and ring arrangements to get that ultimate shot.

If you wish to position your ring upright, it can easily be achieved by using props such as a bit of glue from a glue gun, putty, or a bit of white tac. Don’t worry if any of it is visible in your shot, it can easily be removed during the post-production process.

6. Lighting

Minimising reflections is the key to achieving spectacular ring photography. Whether you are an amateur or a professional studio photographer, getting the perfect lighting for your jewellery photography can prove to be a tricky task.

You have an option of using natural light, which is very difficult to control, or you can invest in studio lights to give you more freedom. We advise looking online for professional lighting setups, as they will make your job easier and your images more professional.

When using studio equipment, shine your light through the lightbox to soften the lighting and tackle the harsh reflections.

7. Stone

The stone of your ring is where the sparkle happens, therefore, it’s essential to get it right. The best way to achieve shine is to use LED lights. Remember not to go too crazy with these, as multiple LED’s could ruin the authentic colour of your stone. We recommend trying out one light to begin with and seeing how that works for your product.

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POST – PRODUCTION

8. Focus Stack

When shooting close up ring photography, a lot of the time, the focal plane isn’t wide enough to make the entire ring sharp, even if you’re using a small aperture setting. To tackle this, what you can do is take multiple shots with different focal points of your ring. Try taking images focusing on the front, then the next one on the middle part of the ring, and finally take a photo focusing on the back part of the ring.

Once you’re happy with your images, you can manipulate them in Adobe Photoshop to achieve a single, super sharp image. This can be done by using the auto align and the auto blend features in the software.

9. Photo Editing

Even the best images benefit from a little post-production clean up. We recommend using Adobe Photoshop or similar editing software to clean up your photographs. It will allow you to adjust the lighting of your images, get rid of dust marks, blemishes, and add even more sparkle to the ring stone.

Conclusion

It’s common knowledge that ring photography is challenging. Because of their reflective nature, rings are very difficult to photograph and can easily put off even the most patient photographers. It’s important to have the knowledge base before attempting to shoot your jewellery. This will save you a lot of time, and instead of being frustrated, you will simply enjoy the challenges that arise throughout the process. 

Use this article to pick up the necessary tips and techniques to help you learn how to photograph jewellery to achieve the desired results. If you need any help, please reach out to us and we will be happy to assist.

We possess over 30 years of experience in professional studio photography. Our extensive experience has taught us the best techniques for spectacular results. Our photography studio is located in Leicester, but we offer remote services in the whole of the East Midlands area (Nottingham, Coventry, Derby & more), and most parts of the UK.

Take a look at our jewellery photography UK service page to discover the work that we do.

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