Newsletter -  March 27. 2013

The Jewelry Crafter

A newsletter for the home jeweler

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Photographing Jewelry (Part 2)


Mary Harvey

In the last issue, we talked about how lighting affects the outcome of your jewelry photos.  In this issue, we will discuss cameras and settings.

There are hundreds of digital cameras on the market today, from point and shoot all the way up to professional digital DSLR cameras.  Fortunately, you don’t need a big, expensive camera to take good jewelry pictures.  Many of today’s point and shoot cameras have scene settings for photographing different things, or they have manual settings that could come in handy.  Here are a few tips for choosing a camera to take good jewelry pictures:

  • A macro setting is also a good thing to have.  If you are planning on filling the screen with what you are trying to shoot, you need to get in close, and a macro setting lets you do that.
  • If you need to take photos that will be made into prints or slides (for jury or display), the higher the megapixels, the better.  You can always downsize the picture for web use by using your digital editing software.
  • White balance controls allow you to adjust the color balance of the picture depending on what type of lighting you are using.  Certain types of lighting can cause your photos to have a yellowish cast to them.  White balance controls allow you to adjust for different lighting.
  • As you get more accomplished with your photography, you may want to have some type of manual override control, which will allow you to adjust exposure compensation, shutter speeds, etc.
  • If you take a lot of pictures of gemstones or highly reflective pieces, sometimes the auto focus will have a hard tome locking on, or will lock on the reflections, causing the image to look fuzzy. Having a camera that will focus manually is really helpful. 
  • Don’t forget the photo editing software.  Many cameras come bundled with some soft of imaging software, but, if you want to have more control over the final product, you need software like Photoshop, Photoshop Elements,  or Corel to have total control over image editing.

Since there are so many cameras on the market, it’s best to do some research.  There are many web sites out there that have unbiased camera reviews, and will be immensely helpful in your search for the perfect digital camera.  Check out,, or for lots of great information, or check out some of the many jewelry user groups on the internet for suggestions.


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