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Help taking picture of jewelry

Discussion in 'Digital Photography & Imaging' started by pmmanagement, Sep 17, 2003.

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  1. pmmanagement

    pmmanagement Thread Starter

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    I have hp315
    2.1MP
    2.5 x Digital Zoom
    Camera

    We have decided to sell some jewelry online
    I can not figure out how to take pictures of rings
    especially diamonds and get them to come out.

    I'm using paint shop pro 7.04 as editor

    Anyone have any suggestions.

    Thanks
    Denei
    [email protected]
     
  2. slipe

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    I don’t think you have macro capability on that camera. Set the digital zoom at 2.5 and see how close you can get before the image blurs. The brighter the light the smaller the lens opening and therefore the greater the depth of focus. I would take the shots in bright sunlight. Try with fill-in flash and without it.
     
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  4. milomorai

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    follow the suggestion of RandyG but be sure to use a dark background - that will bring out the clarity and brilliance of the gemstones. a two light set-up is good but a three light one is better. use the third in the front twice as far away from the shadow box as the other two and coming from a 45 degree angle down. that will give you the frontal highlights and reduce any shadowing to a minimal amount on the bottom rear.

    Gavi, Certified Photographic Counselor and Nikon Advanced System Specialist
     
  5. pmmanagement

    pmmanagement Thread Starter

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    I've only got 3 settings for zoom on this camera and it doesn't give what number settings.

    The link to shadow box is great...I'm going to have to wait day or two until son gets home to help me construct. But really like concept. I've tried doing makeshift similar before when trying to photograph items sealed in plastic. Had similar problems.

    Always turn off flash....I've tried several angles with natural light..and took pics with each zoom set....mabe I don't have right camera.

    The link with instructions to shadow box....is using 35mm camera..that I do not have or access to.

    I really apprecieate all help offered...will keep in touch....
    and looking for any additional responses.

    Thanks
    Denei
     
  6. slipe

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    The lighting is independent of the camera type.

    You are going to have to experiment with the camera at maximum zoom to see how close you can get. You might have to crop it after you take the shot.
     
  7. pmmanagement

    pmmanagement Thread Starter

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    Thank you so much for your help
     
  8. revson

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    Yes, contrast is a biggy, but to get good high detail closeup shots, try shooting through a large magnifying glass.
    I have had good luck getting high detail closeups using my Logitech 510 and 820 with fixed lens, works very well, just be sure the lens is clean and you will be amazed!
     
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