Whether you’re an independent jewellery designer, student or small boutique, you might be struggling to afford professional photography on a budget. Yet high-quality images of your jewellery are essential for your ‘virtual window display’ on your website – it’s what will attract customers to buy! These tips will help you to achieve studio-quality photography using just your smartphone and a few affordable accessories.
Light it up
Pick up LED table lamps from Ikea or Argos – there’s no need to invest in expensive studio lighting when these do the job just as well!
Customise your camera
Download the Camera FV 5 app for Android phones – you can set a custom white balance as well as adjusting other aspects of your camera.
The right angle
Invest in an overhead tripod for smartphones and use your phone camera’s self-timer feature. An overhead viewpoint is perfect for shooting jewellery as it allows you maximum control over lighting whilst helping to eliminate shadows.
Invest in a table-top studio with lightbox and coloured backdrops – you can find these for an affordable price online, and it’s a great way to add interest to shots.
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