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Ted Baker Handbag Photography

Now this one I loved to take, this was a Ted Baker handbag that I bought my wife for mothers day and I had to get a photograph of it before she saw it. Have you ever tried to sneak something out of the house without being caught and not looking suspicious. Well I managed it, I put on my dark coat and dark glasses a woolly hat, hid the bag inside my coat and sneaked out to the studio, I did not look obvious honestly.
I wanted to try a photograph with texture on the item so I wanted a good one to try so a Ted Baker handbag was the perfect choice as I think they are very well made.

Moving on to the shot, I decided to do a pure black background just in case at a later date some text might need to be added, the handbag is turned at a slight angle to the camera to show the depth and I used a cream tabletop to enhance the colour of the handbag.

The object of this photograph was to make the shiny parts look shiny like the clasps on the bag, then to make sure the grain of the leather stood out to show the texture and give it a little moody lighting. So after quite a lot of setting up (this is the main part) we have the final result. You will find that if you zoom in close you will be able to see all the grain of the leather and the shiny metal parts. I hope you enjoy this shot as much as I did when I was doing it.

I had to leave the tags on in this shot which i would not normally do because if I had removed them there would have been big trouble. I mean to ask you would you argue with a woman …. not me I am a chicken. 🙂
And my wife never found out, well lucky me 🙂


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Jewellery Photography

Hi all

I am working on some jewellery photography over the next couple of weeks. This takes a lot of time and patience and quite a bit of work in photoshop to get the jewellery spot on.

Jewellery photography brings its own challenges to make diamonds sparkle and jump out of the page to make the customer want to purchase them. So this is normally done in a couple of stages depending on the jewellery.
First we have to look at the item and decide on how it is to be photographed. For instance, is it silver or gold as they reflect light slightly differently, is it a diamond or a duller stone. If it is a diamond you have to get the diamond facets showing otherwise it looks like a glass blob. If it is a duller stone maybe like a pearl the lighting will be different again as you need to be able to show a rounded shape with gradients, if not then it will look like a disk And not jewellery.

With the metal surface jewellery needs to be separate from the background, it will not look right if part of the ring it blends in with the background, I have seen a lot of jewellery photography that looks fantastic but you find that part of the jewellery is not separated from the background and this just takes the shine off it.

Then you have watches, this is still jewellery, are they shiny or mat, stainless steel, gold or even both, leather, plastic etc. strap. Is the glass flat or curved, is it even glass. You cannot believe the permutations you can have with jewellery photography it is a massive subject. I will be starting with a ring and I will post it in this blog as soon as it is done.

I just had to do this, this ring cost £1.65 p really I bought 3 for £5. So cheap jewellery looks fine when you see it but when you take a photograph it becomes massive and shows up all the imperfections in the metal you see scratches and the mounts are usually damaged.

So I had a go. Next time I will use a better ring as this was hard work. 🙂