A few words of explanation: My husband cuts gemstones. I wish I knew how to take good photos of his gemstones. Any recommendations? Good books? Websites? Other ideas?
How beautiful!!!!!!!!Happy WW!
That's a great picture, in my opinion. Is that a diamond? Or, is it something else like a cubic zirconium?
Hi, Deb! My soon-to-be husband is a jeweler and we are working on setting up a small Etsy store. I need tips as well, wish I had some to offer!
I think the gemstone is clear quartz. Wish it was a diamond! :-)
Oh wow! That is beautiful.
It's beautiful! Great shot!
Wish I knew of some tips. I've never tried to photograph gems and crystals.
I tellya, I think the photo is great...but my advice would be perhaps to work on the back lighting. Try having two lights...one in front of the gems and the other off to the side, near the back side.
Nice picture, something a little bit different.The last time I held a diamonds in my hand it was my ex wife’s engagement ring that I somehow managed to lose...And Hootin' Anni you are a gem, that is great advice...
Thank you, Anni. I will try that. A person at the camera store said I need a macro lens. I wonder if he is right. I wish I knew a good book to help me.
Deb, you might take a look at some photos I have taken at the HMNS of their gem exhibit - http://www.flickr.com/photos/etee/sets/72157622814423806/ - I shot these all w/o flash, using natural light. You might get some idea of how to set up the stones, as well as the type of backgrounds that the pros use (hint: you can use a simple drop cloth of the color you want, lot cheaper than what they use.)Cheers,~EdT.
Beautiful picture. I noted in an earlier blog that you have Joan Didion on your TBR list for this year. If you get around to it, I recommend The Year Of Magical Thinking. I read it after losing someone very dear in Afghanistan in Oct. 2009. It is truly a wonderful book.
You might try a soft box and as Anni said change up the lighting a little. I don't what type of camera you are using but if it is a Nikon try the 60mm/2.8 nikkor lens. It doesn't cost that much for a macro lens.
absolutely gorgeous! my son loves gems!! He collects them :D
I know...Prince William is going to have a ring made out of this for his beloved? Love the perspective!
Whew! That is quite the gem!!! As for recommendations on shooting it, I see you have some good ones above. I totally agree with using a "light box" having just rec'd one. Yet I know nothing about f stops and ISO. Experiment - snap away! good luck and look forward to more of these natural beauties!
this is a great shot.. my main problems when shooting small things is always the lighting.. I have tried a million different things.. just enjoy yourself and keep shooting.. Have a great day!Patsy
I don't have any shooting suggestions; it's lovely. I'd say keep experimenting until you're happy.
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