A miracle of a post showed up on the internet, which I found through a fellow jewelry maker's blog--Handmadeology -- and is already transforming the way I photograph my jewelry. I have even used a friend who has some photography skills and a great camera, but these tips are invaluable for any jewelry maker who needs to put their photos on the web.
It's called the $6 Dollar Solution to Jewelry Photography and here is the link:
$6 Dollar Solution to Jewelry Photography
The $6 thing really grabbed my attention as well, since all my extra cash these days seems to be going to the dentist or school loans. I used a Nikon point and shoot type camera, nothing incredible. I also used an extra lamp with three energy saver fluorescent bulbs just near my table. It was a pretty dreary day, so the extra light helped. Just make sure the placement doesn't create harsh shadows.
Here are my results, in a before and after:
Not horrible, but the shadows make it look a bit blurry.
AND here are the pics from my $6 Solution photo shoot!
Now it looks professional
What stands out most to me is that the textures and colors are so true to life. There is nothing missing in the photos that you would only see in person. You can clearly see the glossiness of the ceramic pendant, the matte copper of the chain, the shine of the silver earrings findings, the sparkle and clarity of the swarovski crystals, and finally, the beautiful streaking in the orange shells.
I hope this is helpful to other artists and jewelry makers seeking good photos. I've always found that if I'm true to my calling, the financial aspect always works out somehow. Thanks to the $6 Dollar Solution, this is just another answer to prayer.