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Hello!

I need to photograph a few rings and need to keep the whole shank in view. I envisage the shot being taken from slightly above the ring with the ring at an angle so you can see the shape and curve of the shank.

My question is what is the best way to hold/stand the rings so I can a) get the kind of shot I'm looking for and b) ensure that each ring is in a similar position / angle to keep some uniformity to the range of images?

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Many thanks



Sep 24, 2012 at 10:59 AM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · Standing Rings, Jewellery


I used to use 1 of 2 methods.

The type of glue/adhesive they use on the back of new credit cards when you get them. It's like a ball of snot, that won't stick to anything. I would get this and make a very small ball, keep it in a plastic case for ear plugs in my bag.

If you can't find that (because it's hard to find and clear in color) just ordinary play-doh in a very very tiny ball. It leaves no marks, can be wiped off easily, and holds up well.

Hope that helps.



Sep 24, 2012 at 04:38 PM
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There is also Blue Tack which is a very sticky mouldable substance like playdoh. It can be formed to hold the bottom of the shank. Try a craft store for supply.

Failing that, every still photog should own a hot glue gun, check your local hobby craft or hardware store. Bostik make a low temp stick which should be good for this, choose the translucent stick (B0720) good for plastic so it doesn't bond well with the shank.



Sep 24, 2012 at 05:03 PM
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This product has properties very similar to the "ball of snot" John Skinner mentioned.

http://www.amazon.com/Scotch-Restickable-Inches-Squares-R100/dp/B0039N3QO2/ref=sr_1_2?s=office-products&ie=UTF8&qid=1348506543&sr=1-2&keywords=transparent+double+sided+sticky+squares



Sep 24, 2012 at 05:10 PM
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Another option is to suspend the ring in mid air with a piece of fine black thread. You can then remove the thread in Photoshop.


Sep 24, 2012 at 08:52 PM
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BrianO wrote:
Another option is to suspend the ring in mid air with a piece of fine black thread. You can then remove the thread in Photoshop.


That allows the background to be behind/below the ring, not up against it.



Sep 25, 2012 at 12:42 AM
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Jeweller's wax works brilliantly.

You use a very small blob and holds the ring firmly without leaving much of a residue.




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BrianO wrote:
Another option is to suspend the ring in mid air with a piece of fine black thread. You can then remove the thread in Photoshop.


cwebster wrote:
That allows the background to be behind/below the ring, not up against it.


Yep; it's a very flexible method...once you get used to working "upside down."

The last time I did it back in school we were using view cameras, so the upside down image on the ground glass actually looked right side up.



Sep 25, 2012 at 03:44 AM
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Check out a company called The Set Shop
http://setshop.com/expendables/wax



Sep 25, 2012 at 07:04 AM
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The faber-castell tack-it is perfect for this purpose. It can be reused for long time.









Sep 27, 2012 at 02:56 AM
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Garry Burton wrote:
Jeweller's wax works brilliantly.

You use a very small blob and holds the ring firmly without leaving much of a residue.



Garry may be referring to bees wax - which I've used for many years - but other suggestions herein have peaked my interest. Gonna try them.



Sep 27, 2012 at 12:57 PM
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JBPhotog wrote:
There is also Blue Tack which is a very sticky mouldable substance like playdoh. It can be formed to hold the bottom of the shank. Try a craft store for supply.

Failing that, every still photog should own a hot glue gun, check your local hobby craft or hardware store. Bostik make a low temp stick which should be good for this, choose the translucent stick (B0720) good for plastic so it doesn't bond well with the shank.


I just recently found the tack in a more neutral color, it has been added to my camera case and hope to use it this weekend to give this a try. What I bought is Scotch removable mounting putty, it is sort of gray or beige in color.



Oct 02, 2012 at 10:02 PM
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Depending on the width of the shank and the type of ring, standing the ring may not be the answer. When using wax, you don't want so much wax that it obscures part of the shank, or so little that the ring will tilt as you shoot it. I tend to focus-stack images of rings in order to get enough DOF and detail for larger print, so I stopped using wax because it softened too much from the molding and the lighting (with larger rings, anyway). Movement is also a huge problem if you need to take a series of shots using varied lighting (for the metal, for the stones, pave, etc.). I also run into movement issues when suspending jewelry like earrings. If you only need one shot, either method can be OK.

These days, though, I shoot rings on a pane of glass. I shoot from above the ring, at an angle that, when the image is inverted, will appear as if the rings is standing, and leaning slightly into the lens. For consistency, I reference the previous shot for placement and angle, since the ring's setting may be different, and produce a different angle.

Other considerations will be which position works best for setting up the lighting. Setting up diffusion panels to feather the lighting just right can lead you in one direction or another.

I haven't upped my game enough that I'd say my method is a sure thing, but I'm putting it out there as an option.



Oct 07, 2012 at 06:56 PM





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