Capturing Jewelry Online with my new Canon EOS Rebel Camera

November 12, 2012

As anyone who owns a business knows, you have to be a jack of all trades. But as much as I love looking at great photography, I never aspired to be a photographer. Nevertheless, after have some expensive experiences and questionable results having professional photographers take pictures of my jewelry for my web site (I know there are wonderful product photographers out there!), plus needing the convenience of being able to photograph the jewelry any time, I decided to create a "studio" (a light box and special spotlight bulbs) in my workroom and take the pictures myself.

Using a good quality point and shoot camera, the pictures were turning out good but not great. And, of course, having great photographs  on a web site is really important. I asked for advice from several photographers, and most said I did not have good enough lighting. So I went to Kurt's Camera Corral here in Albuquerque and was told that my lighting was just fine. Side note: they did not try to sell me a new camera, but suggested I play with the settings on the one I had.

I was getting ready to do that when I had a discussion with one of the photographers, Jim Holbrook, whose work is in the Gathering Artists gallery where I show my jewelry, and he suggested a digital camera with more features (RAW format, custom lighting settings, etc.) than my point and shoot. I was very hesitant to spend the money, but Jim assured me it was worth it.

So I went back to the camera store and bought a digital Canon EOS Rebel - cost about $500 - and had Jim set it up for me. It has really made a difference (with some tweaking with Photoshop Elements, but that discussion is for another day)! Here are some pics to show you:


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Hazel Thornton
Hazel Thornton

November 16, 2012

Nice photos, Nina!

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