Jewelry Photography : Camera Settings for Jewelry Photography

Hi. I’m Michael Seto and in this clip we’re
going to talk about the proper settings to use on your digital SLR for jewelry photography.
So we’ve got here a Nikon D200. When you’re shooting jewelry, there’s a number of things
you need to be thinking about with your camera settings. Number one is your film speed or
ISO. You want to be as low as possible, in this case I’m going to use ISO one hundred.
That gives you the most detail and the least noise. Since you’re shooting in a controlled
environment, you can adjust the light, it allows you to go to a lower ISO. The second
thing you want to think about is your aperture. That’s going to control how much depth of
field or how much of your piece of jewelry is in focus. You will tend to want to go with
a smaller aperture, which gives you more depth of field, so something say thirteen or sixteen,
you may even want to go up towards twenty-two although I don’t like going that high because
sometimes you’ll get some, the light defracts a little bit and it makes the picture a little
fuzzier. So you want to think about your ISO, you want to think about your shutter speed,
as well you want to shoot manual. Don’t use the program mode. Shoot on manual and you’ll
have to work out through trial and error, what your, the proper shutter speed is. So,
you’ve got your shutter speed, your aperture, you want it higher, your film speed you want
it lower and those are some of the key settings on your digital SLR for jewelry photography.

9 Replies to “Jewelry Photography : Camera Settings for Jewelry Photography

  1. Please expand on this.  When photographing a ring, at F16 the top of the ring is very sharp but the bottom is dull.  F22 makes the ring overall in focus but loses some clarity and sharpness at the top focal point.  What is the best setting and how do I get a clear overall picture and still have very fine detail of the top focal point? 

  2. I usually keep the ISO at 100 and the aperature between F16 and F22.  Then use the shutter speed to adjust for exposure.  I usually take the picture slightly overexposed.  The white spike would be almost all the way to the right on the histogram.  Is this the best way or should I not overexpose so much and adjust it whiter in Photoshop later?  How do I determine the correct shutter speed? 

  3. Hi I have eos 600D camera I want to shoot pearl jewellery with white background
    How can I shoot the images of pearl jewellery

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