• Photoshop Photoshop

    Jewellery

    Photographing jewellery is a real art. Let's begin with simple representation. All the reflections are photoshoped.

  • All done with mirrors All done with mirrors

    Jewellery 2



    Baccarat jewellery provides an interesting challenge with its mixture of glass and gold. It always looks very rich. Here the glass is reflected in a mirror. Very little has been done to clean this image, I like it as it came out the camera. The bangle is just a bit of fun. This creates an etalon like effect with multiple reflections.

  • Acrylic Acrylic

    Different reflections

    The difference between this and a mirror is that the reflections occur at the front surface so the multiple internal refelctions are absent.

    Again we can change the colour by using a different colour acrylic. But it is not as flexible as using a mirror which will reflect any colour that you choose to place above it. Jewellery often requires hand finishing in photoshop and this is the case for the earings, note the difference between the finished form and the reflection left for reference. The others are as taken.

  • Reflections Reflections

    Photoshop vs Mirror vs Acrylic

    It is common to create reflections and even shadows in photoshop and you can add these with more or less subtlety.

    In the first slide I show objects with and without photoshop reflections. These reflections are strong and you can fade, create spaces or graduate as one sees fit.

    I have a personal preference for working with real reflections. When you use a mirror the camera will see anything that is reflected into the mirror. The angle of incidence = angle of reflection. So if I want a silvered mirror to look black I place black foamboard at the equivalent angle opposite the camera. Of course the camera collects multiple angles so you need to position this just so. As the silvered surface of a mirror is separated from the object by the thickness of the glass multiple reflections occur: an etalon like effect. This makes an object look rich and changes with camera angle. This is shown roughly in the diagram ignoring Snell's law! The first reflection from the glass is the secondary reflection giving you a double image. The higher levels are usually insignificant.

    Black acrylic to all intents and purposes reflects from the front surface giving a dominant single reflection.