Photographing Jewellery can be frustrating, and quite often a digital camera will still produce blurred and unclear pictures if the lighting and environment is not correct. Providing that the Fashion Jewellery being photographed is fairly two-dimensional, there is an easy and fuss-free method of photographing Jewellery for Jewellery Websites and Blogs.
How to Take Professional Looking Images With a Scanner
Few people realise that they can actually create very pleasing images to promote their Handcrafted Jewellery using an ordinary printer/scanner/photocopier. Most people have one of these machines in their homes or office. Scanners allow images of objects to be transferred easily straight onto a computer for simple editing and uploading onto a Jewellery Website or Blog. The images created are usually crystal clear and realistic, with little or no editing needed.
Here are some important Photography tips to take into consideration before scanning the Fashion Jewellery.
- Make sure that the glass of the scanner is thoroughly cleaned, so that there are no specks of dust or smears, as these will show up magnified when the Fashion Jewellery has been scanned.
- It is a very good idea to use a clean clear sheet of plastic to place on the scanner glass to avoid any scratches or permanent marks from the Fashion Jewellery that is being scanned.
- The background of the image should be carefully considered in order to create the best effect to promote the Fashion Jewellery. Pale colours tend to compliment Handcrafted Jewellery best as they allow the Jewellery to stand out against the background, showing the important detail clearly. Choose pastel shades which do not clash with the colours of the Jewellery. If the Jewellery is warm in colour, then a cooler background is more effective.
Design the Fashion Jewellery Image First
It is useful to have some idea of what sort of image is required. For example, if the photograph is intended to promote Fashion Jewellery, would a simple image depicting the piece of Jewellery alone be less distracting than an image displaying more than one item.
Alternatively is the intention to create an artistically-designed image for a portfolio or advertisement? In this case it may be more appropriate to include complimenting objects to show off the Fashion Jewellery in an environment it relates to. For example sea-inspired Fashion Jewellery could be photographed alongside sea-shells.
How to Scan Jewellery to create Professional Looking Images
Once the design of the image has been thought out, the Fashion Jewellery should be placed on the scanner in the chosen arrangement.
Chains can be coiled or arranged in swirls to create a more attractive image. Then Background pieces should be placed around the Jewellery, such as flowers, or even a hand, if the image requires the illusion of the piece of Fashion Jewellery being held.
Finally place your background sheet of paper on top. The Designer may want to experiment with textured background such as fur or material. Then cover the entire area with a dark black cloth to cut out any light that the scanner lid would normally do.
Editing Scanned Images
Once the image has been scanned into the computer, basic editing tools can be used to enhance the image ready for use. Google Picassa, is a very simple picture editing tool which makes the process very fast and uncomplicated.
Focus on eliminating over-shadowed areas by increasing the light, and highlights. Then add just enough shadow at the end. Images can also be cropped if needed, and special effects added, such as focussing, and tints.
These simple Photography Tips are particularly useful for aspiring Jewellery Designers on a budget, who wish to take professional looking images for their Jewellery Website in order to promote Fashion Jewellery. The crystal clear quality images that a scanner produces is ideal to show the intricate detail of Handcrafted Jewellery. Photographing Jewellery can be fun, and there are endless ways to experiment with image design for Jewellery Websites.