Glue guns and poster board. Who would have thought these basic craft items would be useful for photographing jewelry? This in depth tutorial by New Amsterdam Photo Video covers the entire gamut of shooting rings from set up and lighting, to focus stacking and retouching, and everything in between.To be honest, I cant say I’ve thought about the process of photographing jewelry all that often. It isn’t something I photograph in detail so maybe it is a little bit of an out of sight, out of mind sort of situation. That being said, it may be why I found this tutorial so interesting. I had no idea the amount of patience and detail that went into the process and like most things in life, I have a new found appreciation for it.
New Amsterdam Photo Video does a great job breaking down each step of the process. The video kicks off with his set up and the tools he uses for photographing rings. He uses a simple one light set up, and explains the way he shoots each angle of the rings. Next he explains focus stacking, which is how he gets the entire ring in focus and takes it into Photoshop to merge them. Finally he shows us his retouching techniques. This section includes cleanup, color correction, sharpening, and even compositing when needed.
There are definitely a few take-aways that I can apply to my own work. Most notably some of the retouching techniques as well as using a glue gun to secure jewelry in place without causing damage. Who knew?