Get insight into product photography, post-production and e-commerce product image best practices.


Useful techniques for Photographing Jewelry

Useful techniques for Photographing Jewelry

If you own an online store that sells jewelry, you already know how difficult it is to photograph this type of product, whether you're talking about watches, diamond rings, gemstone necklaces, or earrings.

Jewelry Retouching

Photographing jewelry presents a unique set of challenges, from their shiny surfaces to their small size with detailed designs, reflection, hot spots, but there are a few useful techniques that will help you and make the process so much easier.

# 1 Clean your items

If you want to take beautiful jewelry photographs you need to make sure that your items are clean, polished, free of dust, debris, smudges, and fingerprints.

You have certainly noticed that in luxury jewelry stores, the seller always wears white silk gloves to handle anything you are shown.

Preparing for the photo shooting takes longer, but it will save you a lot of post production retouching.

When you're shooting close to a subject, what may not seem obvious to the naked eye will be immediately evident when you view the images on a monitor or in a print.

# 2 Keep the background simple

Credits: Photography and Image Post Production by Web Future Studio

When photographing jewelry, the most important thing is to keep the focus where it should be, that is, on the product.

The best way to keep your images simple and clean is to photograph your products against a white background image, this way you avoid all possible distractions.

Just as important is to keep your style with a consistent background. 

You should aim for a clean and professional image of the product, for this reason, we recommend not to use props when photographing jewelry.

Keep everything in the frame simple and clean, use a minimalist set up so that your jewelry shines.

# 3 Set up a list of guidelines 

Consistency is key when photographing jewelry, and for this reason, you need to establish a set of guidelines and follow them. Variations from image to the image will distract your customer.

The guidelines should include details about camera settings, photography lights, background, and equipment position. 

# 4 Avoid poor lighting and reflections 

Many photographers would advise that you use natural light, even for jewelry, but for a professional result, you will want to create a more controlled lighting setup and use off-camera flashes. If your lighting isn’t right and consistent, your jewelry will look very different from one shot to another. To keep consistency in your images try to always use the same lighting.

Also, you want to avoid reflections as much as possible, because it distracts from the product and also makes your images look less professional.

Take great care not to create distractions on your jewelry while photographing them, because as it is known, gemstones and metals are highly reflective, so you could find the photographer reflected in the jewelry.

Eliminating reflections is a trial-and-error process when it comes to jewelry. First, you should try changing your position or the jewelry to the light source. Also, you should zoom in to closely examine the product and ensure that you haven’t captured any reflections.


# 5 Post-production is key

Poorly edited images destroy a customer’s trust in your brand, so you need to invest time in image editing, give attention to details, and create templates that consistently crop, set margins, and align your product images.

If you don’t have the time or the skills we can help you. Just fill in the contact form and we will get back to you as soon as possible

Get a quote 

If you want to you want to see more projects from our portofolio, visit Our Work page.


Share this Post:

Related Posts:

Close Cookie Setting

Cookie Settings

We use cookies to personalise content and ads, to provide social media features and to analyse our traffic. We also share information about your use of our site with our social media, advertising and analytics partners who may combine it with other information that you’ve provided to them or that they’ve collected from your use of their services. You consent to our cookies if you continue to use this website.
Operate the site and core services
These cookies are required, and they are used to enable the site and related services core functionality. Without them the site could not operate, so they cannot be disabled.
Preference cookies enable a website to remember information that changes the way the website behaves or looks, like your preferred language or the region that you are in.
Statistic cookies help website owners to understand how visitors interact with websites by collecting and reporting information anonymously.
Marketing cookies are used to track visitors across websites. The intention is to display ads that are relevant and engaging for the individual user and thereby more valuable for publishers and third party advertisers.