I Have Been a Bit Naughty
I have always struggled somewhat with jewellery photography. Whilst I do have a lightbox, kindly built for me by my lovely former flatmate, it’s not ideal. Nor are my motley collection of spotlights, with their random wattage bulbs, some daylight(ish), some not. Added to this is the fact that I’ve not a clue what an f-stop is or what it might do, so I usually end up taking around 200 shots to get a couple that are usable after much faffing around with Lightroom.
So, I have been a little bit naughty and invested in one of these lovely jewellery photography setups from Tabletop Studio:
It was rather expensive, which means that I can’t get my roots done for the next couple of months, but I think I can probably put up with the trashy blonde look in the name of better photographs :)
And better they are! The lights are so very, very bright and the light tent diffuses them perfectly, so there’s no evil shadows.
If you compare this shot, which was the best of about 100 shots taken with my old setup, and looks like this after many hours in Lightroom...
...to this one, taken with my lovely new Tabletop Studio, and having only spent about 5 minutes on it removing some dust specks in Lightroom, the difference is definitely visible, no? The light is just more even, with no pesky shadows or reflections, and the colour of the stones really pops out.
So yes, it was definitely worth the money, and the having to deal with horrible hair for the foreseeable future.