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Beautiful new jewelry photography

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I recently had some professional photography done for my jewelry. Looking at the cd of images, these first ones are so luscious. We didn't do shots like this of the whole collection, but now I'm thinking it would be a good idea — they show the pieces in such a lovely way.

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I did get very straightforward shots of the whole collection, like this…

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And this… 

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And yes, I have Rockstar Diamond and Mod Moire Pearl pendants now, with a Future Victorian Emerald necklace coming soon!

We also did more straightforward shots of the whole collection on a surface like this.

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Guess it's time to order some more of those luscious ones at the top of the post.

New jewelry photos from Dana Davis

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Last week I went to Dana Davis' Oakland studio to get some more professional shots of my jewelry. He's so efficient and skilled… it was a lot of fun, and they really turned out well.

My first attempt at “tabletop photography”

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I've been wanting a tabletop photography kit for a while, to take decent pictures of my 3-D printing experiments, as well as other projects. After reading endless Amazon reviews, none of the kits seemed like the perfect choice. I finally settled on the 30" universal photography kit by EZcube. The cheaper kits sounded like they would have weaker, flimsier lights.

The EZcube itself is pretty interesting — 30" x 30," and folds up to the size of a small pizza, for storage. So it's very compact. But actually getting it folded is like making a particularly difficult origami model. After multiple attempts,I've finally got the hang of it.

As a (very) novice photographer, the lights seem decent and sturdy, though they could be brighter. The backdrop is wrinkly when unfolded, and the wrinkles show up in the photos. I followed the advice of some of the reviewers, and put a piece of white paperboard into the tent to shoot against, instead of the backdrop. This worked much better. Also, the kit could use a storage case.

I was shooting some pictures of my Speedo Clock (which I'm now calling Speedo Mandala Clock), to submit to a call for entries for an art show. They turned out alright — the main benefit of the tent seems to be to diffuse the light, making the shadows less severe.

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I'm just using a point and shoot camera — a couple-year-old Casio Exilim. Annoyingly, when the center of the clock is in focus, the outsides are out of focus. I've tried a couple of different modes to try and fix this, but they haven't made a difference. At least I got good enough photos to enter this competition with. I'll have to revisit this focus issue though.