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Silver jewellery photos on a black mirror

Do you wonder how we made the jewellery photos with the black mirror underground?

Making silver jewellery photos can be frustrating because the surface of the items reflect most of the light, making it challenging to catch the shape and form of the jewellery. More often than not, the shiny surface reflects the camera or even the photographer.

One important decision to effectively showcase your jewellery in the photograph is to find a ”good” backdrop. We have experimented both with light and dark backdrops. We did not consider coloured or heavily textured backdrops (such as wooden surfaces, sand, grass) as these create generally a busy background that draws attention from the main object of interest, the jewellery. White or light backgrounds can work for silver jewellery; many shops showcase their jewellery like hovering in the air. However, these shots require a lot of post-processing and the bright background might overpower the colour of the silver jewellery.

We have decided to use a dark background which makes the jewellery pop out. As an additional twist, we used a shiny, glossy surface which mirrors the items and gives the them an premium look. Now I’ll explain you how you can achieve this effect at home for less than 150 SEK.

There are plenty of youtube videos that give good advice on jewellery photography, some even for black glossy backdrops, e.g. by Photigy or ALZO Digital. To get this effect, you need:

  1. A sheet of transparent plastic glass (30x30cm is large enough for earrings and even necklaces).
  2. Black paint (spray can).

I’m not kidding. That’s it. You can find both items at Biltema.

Instructions to paint the plastic glass

  1. Go to your hobby room or a place very you can make a mess or easily clean up. Use newspaper to cover the surface where you put the plastic glass.
  2. The plastic is usually covered on both sides with some protective film. Remove ONE side, the side you are going to paint black.
  3. Spray the colour in a thin layer. Let it dry (see instructions on can) and repeat 4-6 times.
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(1) The plastic glass and spray can; (2) The painted side; (3) The reflective side; (4) The result with silver jewellery

The plastic glass is not scratch resistant, so you WILL get scratches after some time from moving the jewellery around on it. Since the materials are so cheap, just replace the backdrop from time to time. I’ve used mine for 100 shots and the few scratches it has can be removed in post-processing (the surface will also attract a lot of dust particles due to its static electrical charge; again, those are easiest removed during post-processing). Once there are too many scratches, just use the painted side as backdrop for a change!

The above description is one ingredient for making compelling silver jewellery product photos. The rest is good lighting (also homemade, will be explained in a future post), some decent camera and lens (tips will follow), post-processing (yes, this post is also planned), and patience (this is what you need when waiting for the future posts I just referred to).

I hope you found this instructive! You can leave comments/questions below.