Industrial images technique_ Lighting jewellery

It may be tough to isolate jewellery from the background. With this business images approach, I’ll present you the best way to float a necklace named Pegasus. Bonus! It may be any coloration in any respect.

Reminder: I’m a Fotopro Featured Photographer and a Platypod Professional.

The set

The set consists of a four-sided rectangular field. Backside, two sides and again. The entrance is left open to permit LED lights so as to add coloration to the background. The stage has a 30-inch threaded rod which is mounted in a 2×4 for stability. That is the product platform. A chunk of drafting vellum is painted with black watercolor. A gap is made to slip the vellum over the threaded rod.

Level the digital camera straight down. With this configuration the product — on this case, Pegasus — blocks view of the rod from the digital camera. A dab of cheesy wax holds Pegasus in place. The vellum paper provides texture and offers a cloudlike look to the floor beneath the product. With no shadows doable from the primary gentle the product ‘floats’ within the scene.

Last picture displaying a business images approach to drift an object. Photographed at f/5.0 to maintain the background gentle and easy.

Pegasus jewellery earlier than processing. Last picture displaying a business images approach to drift an object. Photographed at f/5.0 to maintain the background gentle and easy.

The gear

Along with the set you’ll want a tripod. I’m utilizing a Fotopro T-Roc Max. Make it possible for your tripod adjustment collar is safe so that you digital camera lens doesn’t crash into the rod. The digital camera is suspended over the set utilizing a Platyball and Platypod Deal with. With the digital camera suspended it’s smart to weight the tripod for stability. I’ve used a Neewer sandbag stuffed with pea gravel. You could possibly use a weighted backpack as nicely. The Deal with works nicely as it may be adjusted in many alternative configurations. On the finish of the deal with is a second ball-head. There are three Platypod Ultras. Two are holding Platypod Goosenecks. I’m utilizing these to show the chain. The third Extremely is supporting a Falcon Eyes F7 fold LED gentle. With two LED panels fully controllable you’ll be able to dial in ANY coloration and brightness desired.

Look into the gear description above to see how all the things comes collectively.

Digital camera and lens

Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III is my digital camera. A 60mm M. Zuiko f/2.8 Macro lens will get nice element. The huge aperture is necessary in no matter lens you select to make use of. The huge aperture permits the background to fade to tremendous softness. Closing down your aperture lets extra of the black watercolor learn in your picture including a bit extra texture and extra decisions for the search for which you’re going.

Major gentle is an COB LED from Zhiyun and is behind the scrim to maintain the sunshine from being too harsh on the topic. The bigger the sunshine supply the softer the shadow edge transitions in your topic. Take a look at my assessment on the Zhiyun 100 watt LED gentle.

The shoot

With a brilliant reflective topic resembling jewellery you wish to get gentle into areas. Moderately than spend quite a lot of time including extra confusion to the set I counsel utilizing Photoshop as your lighting instrument making a pair exposures holding a white card in place and transferring it across the set. In the end I’ve discovered this to be a quicker and cleaner method to work.

Observe the additional element within the background. Photographed at f/11.


After capturing your pictures, it’s a fast journey to Adobe Digital camera RAW (or Lightroom if that’s your most well-liked software program). Take the frames for mixing and cargo them as layers in Photoshop. Take the photograph that has probably the most data you need and place it on the underside. Spotlight all layers, and simply to be secure, click on Auto-Align Layers within the Edit menu. If there was a slight bump of the digital camera this may make sure you gained’t find yourself with blurry fills. Add black masks to the higher layers. Paint with a gentle white brush to permit the opposite areas to mix into the underside layer working one layer at a time.

Layers palette. Three layers for capturing all the sunshine from completely different angles masking in what is needed. See the textual content for the remainder of the publish manufacturing.

Even thought there’s full coloration management of the background on the set typically shoppers change their thoughts, think about that! Masking out the jewellery a Hue Saturation positioned beneath permits for much more potentialities.

Despite the fact that we now have full management of the colour of the background throughout seize, we will change the colour in publish as nicely. Including a Hue Saturation layer whereas masking out Pegasus provides us much more management.

Ending strikes

I made a pair tweaks to finish the post-production. One facet of the chain fell out of depth of discipline as a result of I used to be making an attempt to permit the background to go tremendous easy. As an alternative of going again to the set, I made a replica of the digital camera left chain, flipped it and masked it into the correct facet. There was a bit of dodging and burning on a Smooth Gentle layer. Lastly, I added a Ranges layer with a masks to vignette only a bit to maintain the viewer’s eye from escaping out of body.

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Yours in Inventive Images, Bob