Jewelry Product Photography in the Studio

I wanted to share some of the recent jewelry product images I shot for the auction house here in Towson, Maryland. One of the best parts of my job as a product photographer is getting to handle and photograph the amazing lots of fine jewelry. All of these are photographed with two or four Elinchrome strobe lights and soft boxes or white umbrellas. For those of you that are curious about the colored backgrounds, I do not use photoshop. I actually use a simple setup of a mirror laying flat on the table and colored piece of cardstock paper set up at approximately a 45 degree angle behind the mirror so that the color reflects onto the mirror surface. This is great for small objects like rings that you can place on the mirror. This setup is so easy and allows you to get a real reflection underneath the jewelry without having to fake it in photoshop. The others were photographed inside of a live orchid. I shot all these pieces with a 105mm macro lens. I use the Sigma version because it is just as good as the Canon for what I am doing and a bit lighter in weight and a better price. The final image is one of my favorite pieces I photographed from the estate of Author, Barbara Mertz, Elizabeth Peters of the Amelia Peabody Series. You can see more images from her estate above under 'MPM Manor' in my galleries. Please leave comments or ask questions! You can see more product photography including decor and additional jewelry pieces in my product gallery above. 

 A European-cut diamond cluster gold ring with French-cut rubies

A European-cut diamond cluster gold ring with French-cut rubies

 Emerald cut emerald bezel set in 18K gold 

Emerald cut emerald bezel set in 18K gold 

Cushion cut sapphire pendant 

Canary and pink diamond ring photographed outside in natural light

Large enamel, diamond brooch from the estate of author Barbara Mertz/Elizabeth Peters. Includes sapphire, ruby, emerald and gold.