Congratulations on your recent engagement. You probably can’t wait to share the pics of your dazzling ring with your friends and followers on social media. But unlike regular photos or selfies, capturing great jewelry shots requires specialized skills to avoid unwanted reflections and shadows.
Indeed, bridal jewelry photography is one of the toughest areas of commercial wedding photography. Skilled jewelry photographers are usually booked for weeks or months in advance. So it might take you a while to get professional shots of your new jewelry. Alternatively, you can capture them yourself.
Here are the basic steps for a DIY diamond engagement ring photo shoot:
Get the right camera settings Start by setting your camera to manual mode and turn off flash. Next, customize the white balance depending on the light you are using. To photograph engagement rings, use the highest F-stop aperture setting to maximize the depth of field. To ensure sharp images, try to focus one-third from the top section of your jewelry item.
Manage any sources of direct light – sun or regular lamp – that create shadows This requires you to create a photography lighting setup with enclosed wraparound and diffused natural light. The idea is to provide surroundings comprising natural daylight and white backgrounds. After eliminating surroundings that create reflections in your jewelry, you can place your diamond ring inside the lighting system.
Use a dark or metallic-like background for photographing silver or platinum jewelry White backgrounds make the silver appear white, dull, and unnatural. Instead, use a dark or metallic-like background to photograph white gold, silver, and platinum jewelry. The objective is to create contrast between the white walls of your lighting system and the surface the jewelry is placed against. The contrast will make the jewelry appear natural in color and give it a 3D look.
Use dimmable white LED lighting to give sparkles to your diamonds and gems To get the right amount of light, first turn off the fluorescent light on your photography lighting setup. Turn on the LED light and direct it towards the jewelry piece. Then turn on the fluorescent light in your setup. Take a photo of the item. If the item is too shiny, reduce the intensity of the LED light. Take the photo again and adjust the lighting as need be.
With these tips, you should be able to capture professional looking shots of your diamond engagement ring. You can even proudly add them to your collection of wedding photos after the big day.