Article By: LeAllyson Meyer
Since I moved to Colorado, I have many more opportunities to take photos of my jewelry in natural light. My key light sources through windows are to the east and to the west. Both are good, but in different ways. When I lived in St. Louis, I took my photos for my shop, Plum Beadacious, in the basement with a homemade lightbox and artificial lights. I had everything set up for me to place my jewelry for the shot. I did occasionally change background surfaces, and programmed my camera for the type of light I was using. I think I got better over several years at doing this, but the pictures still had a harshness to them that I never did eliminate.
Now I have been playing with taking pictures in natural light. I can get fresh crisp color that is not harsh, but I can’t get it consistently. The light changes from hour to hour and day to day. Take a look at the pictures of a beaded id lanyard I made for a special order. These pictures were all taken about 5:30 PM after I got home from my day job.
The first picture is one that was taken in my east window, somewhat shady at 5:30, but it has been a beautiful sunny day. I placed the lanyard on the white painted window sill. The blinds were lifted to allow as much light as possible to spill through the window.
- Adjust Lighting
There you will see some icons that look like eye droppers. I clicked on the white one and then moved my cursor over my photo to a place on the white background that is closest to true white and is not too close to the item or any shaded areas. I then clicked my mouse, and magically the entire picture lightened up.
- Auto Sharpen
- 90% right
I invite you to share your experiences with photographing your jewelry, whether done in natural or artificial light. We can all learn from one another. I hope this is helpful to some of you.