I’ve been photographing my jewelry for about 3 years now, changing my methods along the way. Although I’d love to upgrade my camera, and have models; my current product photography is a good, affordable starting point.
Things I Use:
Point and shoot camera- Kodak EasyShare C813 $140
Vanguard VS-82 Table Top Digital Camera Tripod $28
CowboyStudio Table Top Photo Studio Light Tent Kit in a Box – 1 Tent, 2 Light Set, 1 Stand, 1 Case $38
small jewelry bust
backgrounds- solid colored scrapbook paper, or index cards painted w/ acrylic
Improvements I’d like to do at some point:upgrade camera do a DSLR
get more backgrounds gathered, and make bigger versions
My Display Tools
The Light Tent Kit did come with a simple ‘tripod’, but I prefer the one I linked. Feels studier to me.
My basic Setup, I also move my floor lamp to shine in on the top, and I’ll move the tripod back some.
Example of the end result with camera on Macro, zoomed in some, no flash, and on auto settings.
I don’t do any editing on the computer except for cropping.
I love that the light tent came with 2 lights, and is easy to set up. It can be set up on just about any table surface.
I love the Vanguard tripod because its sturdy (it can hold up a DSLR). It’s easy to setup. It’s best to give yourself a little room for the legs, if you have almost a foot of table space between you and the light tent then the legs can spread out and be stable- I do this when using the small bust. You can move the tripod closer into the tent for good close-up pictures.
The best advantage to using a light tent is I can take pictures at any time of day or night- I’m not dependent on the sun.