The final composition, a perfectly represented suspended diamond pendant on white background.
Mastering the Photography of Diamond Pendants
One of my greatest challenges over the last year has been mastering pendant photography. One of the more difficult aspects involves the removal of the background to leave a perfectly captured pendant on a white background. Working with a high resolution photo, a great deal of time is spent isolating the chain—perhaps the most tricky aspect of editing a diamond pendant photograph.
One of my most recent commission photographs arose from a Russian wedding ring set. Worn as a pendant, this makes an exceptional alternative to wearing the rings on the finger.
Suspended on a fine curb chain, the pendant rested on fixing wax, later removed in the final edits. The fixing wax prevented the pendant from swinging to prevent a blurred photograph. Images were stacked to ensure full focus from the top of the chain, to the front surface of the nearest ring. The realistic shadow was edited and replaced into the shot at a greater distance to make the pendant appear floating above the surface.
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Missed opportunities for jewellery photography
Would you be surprised when I suggest that many jewellers and goldsmiths regularly miss a significant opportunity?
Unique commissions - here today gone tomorrow
By this I refer to the opportunity to photograph unique jewellery commissions before the item goes to the client. There is a window of time between completion to collection (or delivery) that often gets overlooked. This window of time provides a perfect opportunity to photograph the commission for addition to a portfolio or possible product page.
Furthermore, good quality, consistent photography builds a resource which can be referenced in future commissions. An online library of past commissions can be a truly useful asset—demonstrating ability, quality of work and providing inspiration to interested or future clients.
Time constrains or busy jewellers
Time constrains often lead to missed opportunities. I have seen this first hand from many of my jewellery clients. Some manage to take a quick picture for Instagram, but few manage to create a single quality image or series of images to justify their finished work.
Food for thought - seeking time sensitive professional assistance
Over the last couple of years, I have helped many other jewellers out with commission photography saving a great deal of their valuable time. We create single or multiple jewellery commission photographs within a short time frame whilst the opportunity exists. Items are returned fully insured to the jeweller in time for delivery or collection without any need to re-finish items. Since our base of operations exists within a jewellery organisation we have an existing level of care for finished jewellery along with comprehensive insurance on items sent by us and within our care.
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