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| p.1 #2 · Jewelry light setup. Silver, mirror like jewelry. |
This is a loaded question.
There are SO many ways and reasons to shoot these items. I have been shooting jewelry for well over 20 years, and for the most part, it feeds me.
Jewelry is sometimes shot on people, where as it's all about effect, message, concept and drawing one's eye and attention to IT, the product. So selective focus and gradients work well.
For stand alone pieces, those $25.00 Chinese white light boxes sold on eBay really work great. Depending on what you want to do with final edits, it's pretty easy to extract these pieces out of the frames and place them in any conceptual look your after.
You'll find that placement and being clean (especially on watches) is one of the real issues. Acrylic (clear)(white) bases, silly-puddy, fishing line (easy to edit out), and finally the book by Corey Barker on compositing are, and will be your best friends.