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Old 07-15-2014, 05:27 AM   #1
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I have made some pendants with glass cabochon fronts.
Photographing them is tricky.
With the flash on it just reflects the light
With flash off they look like this...... (This is NOT how I would present them, just mucking around with photos)
Would they photograph better on a black background do you think?
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Old 07-15-2014, 08:38 AM   #2
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Backgrounds make a huge difference! Try "mucking about" with all sorts of different colours. Maybe textures too. Paper, felt, cotton cloth, satin..... I would stay away from patterns, I think they would take away from the art in the pendants.
Try a light box too. That would take your pictures to a new level of amazing. I made one for free years ago using a cardboard box and thin paper. There are tutorials all over the internet. I 'graduated' to a (still home made) light box made out of plastic pipe and an old bedsheet and I don't use it often, but I love it. There are a couple of threads about them. Here is one, which just happens to contain a link to another.
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Try rubbing them over with a tiny bit of washing up liquid, it should remove the glare. This is a tip used by theatricals to stop mirrors reflecting on stage. I found it worked very well with a painted glass bowl.
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Interesting tip! Thanks.

"Washing up liquid".... Not a term I use. I gather it is a liquid soap. For dishes or skin? Or does it matter?
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Any liquid soap will do the job.
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Making a homemade lightbox can solve a lot of these problems. DH is a professional photographer who shoots my jewellery for me. He made his lightbox from 4 sheets of foamcore from the nearest hobby shop (michaels.com). Basically build a house of cards with them, with soft light coming from one of the back corners. The light will bounce around the bounce, and any serious glare will be angled away.

There are some great videos on Lynda.com about this.


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I would take them outdoors if possible. Use natural backgrounds grass, stone or wood.
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Default Soft box!

Definitely look for like a diy lightbox. Lighting is pretty much the situation here. You can put those on top of anything, but without the right lighting it won't look as good.

The trick is to "hide" the source of light. If there is a direct line of sight between the source and your subject then it'll look blown out. Not ENOUGH light and it will look shadowy or dull.

simply hiding a bright light behind white fabric would provide a lot of soft, indirect light.

(I take photographs of jewelry a lot and this has been an issue for me in the past)
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Very Beautiful Design , Thanks to share this.
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A black backdrop behind the glass is a good idea.
You can see how it works here: https://digital-photography-school.c...-minimal-gear/

This is really useful as well: https://uk.pixelz.com/blog/photograp...tive-products/
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