Jewelry and Product Shots - the Right Light

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Jewelry and Product Shots - the Right Light

Post by Fletch » Wed Sep 23, 2009 6:56 pm

You can't just stick a ring in the sky and expect it to look good in real photography - why would you think it's any different in Twilight?
It's the right lighting and composition that is important for jewelry shots in Twilight, just as in real life.
For a great video tutorial and great diagrams regarding studio lighting setups, check the One On One Video Tutorial at Studiolighting.net
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What about smaller product shots? Here are some thoughts about shooting Jewelry Photography that you can apply to your Twilight Jewelry Renderings
http://www.tabletopstudio.com/documents ... graphy.htm
(see another great article on Shooting Fine Jewelry here.)
all images and tips are found at this link, all credit to Table Top Studio!
THESE ARE NOT RENDERINGS THEY ARE ACTUAL PRODUCT SHOTS USED TO DEMONSTRATE A POINT.
for pearls - and round objects - using one light source will give better contrast/round results.
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Here's a shot of a studio in real life
Here's a shot of a studio in real life
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black soft-reflective surface under jewelry can work wonders
black soft-reflective surface under jewelry can work wonders
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there is no gravity in SketchUp, no need for wax to stand up your object... you are free!  float it!
there is no gravity in SketchUp, no need for wax to stand up your object... you are free! float it!
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white soft-reflective surface under jewelry can work wonders
white soft-reflective surface under jewelry can work wonders
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focus on the object, don't let other things in the image distract the eye
focus on the object, don't let other things in the image distract the eye
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Re: Jewelry and Product Shots - the Right Light

Post by Fletch » Tue Mar 16, 2010 12:43 pm

This package of HDR Light Tents (HDR studio lighting) by Rayman 8Mb was shared at the Kerkythea forum, but was, as he says, intended for users of any render engine. They give great instant lighting for product shots.

We suggest using the HALF resolution Light Tents 5Mb version of the HDR images to light the scene, as lighting quality remains high... and it will still render quickly/cleanly.

Another set of fantastic studio HDR (low-res, great lighting, reflections OK) put together by Jon at Kerkythea.net.

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Re: Jewelry and Product Shots - the Right Light

Post by ZooBoing » Sat Jul 31, 2010 3:59 am

Thanks for the info!

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Re: Jewelry and Product Shots - the Right Light

Post by Fletch » Sun Oct 10, 2010 12:11 am

Added a great link for a Video tutorial teaching how to set up photo shoots with models, but also has something to learn from when setting up CG lighting.

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Re: Jewelry and Product Shots - the Right Light

Post by Fletch » Mon Mar 14, 2011 5:47 pm

Here's another link to a great site with free tutorials about photography lighting (if you know about lighting photography, lighting in 3D is much easier)

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