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Old 07-01-2004, 10:46 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Anyone have experience taking pictures of models featuring jewelry?

I have access to some jewelry from a distributer and would like to take some sample shots for my portfolio.

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Old 07-02-2004, 05:29 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I did a shoot about 2 years ago with two models for a jewelry designer. And when the results came back the one thing that made one set better then the other was the look of the models hands. It was easy to see that the jewelry looked better on the hands of the model that went to the salon and took care of them. The other models hands just did not compare so the jewlery did not look as good to the customer. I had much better luck useing constent light and no flash with the job I did. If doing earings and stuff have a MUA there to keep the models makeup looking perfect. Your shots will be for the most part close up shots.

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Old 07-02-2004, 03:13 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Agree completely with the previous comments-- a good manicureis a must. Professional MUA styling is always a good investment.

Here's a shot from my first jewelry shoot. At 5'2", Tiffany is a little short to do a lot of modeling, so we're focusing her portfolio on jewelry, cosmetics, and stuff that petite girls can do.
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Old 07-02-2004, 10:36 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Hi Marty,

Just wanted to comment on this beauty! She is gorgeous!!! Short, hell. She can model for me ANY TIME! Good things come in small packages!

Thanks for sharing! Great shot!

Have a safe and enjoyable holiday weekend!

Mike

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Old 07-12-2004, 10:27 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Hi:
You didn't mention what type of jewelry you were photographing, but the main issue beyond the model is lighting, lighting, lighting!

I'd classify jewelry work into two groups, catalog work where you want to keep the highlights under control so the setting and stones both show up well and more illustrative work where you want flash and glamour. Sounds as though you are interested in the latter style.

Take a look at a magazine like Town & Country which typically has some jewelry shots in it to get an idea. Usually you want to avoid things like star filters, but the old panty hose over the lens may give you enough dazzle to the stones to work. I've found a polarizing filter to be handy to dial in the highlights on things like watches and bracelets. A pin point light source is also handy to have around.

When I began shooting jewelry years ago I got a discarded mannequin torso and head to practice on. The hours I spent with it and some costume jewelry paid good benefits down the road.

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I intend to take photos that will potentially be used for print and TV advertising. Of course the jewelry is to be the focus of the photo. I am trying to sell jewelry not glamour shots.

I am looking for technical advise on lighting for posed shots with models. I am assuming it would be different that just strickly product shots.

Next week I am ordering at least one Alien Bee AB 800 with a large soft box, boom and stand.

Fortunately I don't have to use costume jewelry I have access to the real thing.

I may have mentioned this before but it's been awhile since I was this involved with photography and I have been only using digital for the last year. I used to do wedding photography with a Hasselblad years ago.Don't have the Hassy any more but still have the Rollei e34c flash.

Once I get everything setup I'll be posting some pics for you guys to look at but be warned don't let your wives/girl friends look at this stuff because they will want some of it. But then again it may be worth it to get them a little something. They may not complain too much when you want to get that new lense.
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