Best Camera Settings to Photograph Jewelery for Ebay store?

Question by Feta Smurf: Best Camera Settings to Photograph Jewelery for Ebay store?
I have a Fuji Finepix S6500 and need to photograph some body jewelery for my Ebay store.

What are the best settings to take a clear picture – I’m struggling to get a nice close, clear snap of the products.

Thank you in advance!

Best answer:

Answer by Saudi Dude
The one with the highest PIXEL

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One Response to Best Camera Settings to Photograph Jewelery for Ebay store?

  1. Sam says:

    Jewelery Pictures

    For objects photographed from a distance of 3-4 feet, absolutely any digital camera and any “digital photographer” can get a suitable image. Don’t forget that the largest picture eBay will display (unless you are hosting your own images) is 800 x 800 pixels or less than 1 megapixel. For jewelery or other small items, you have to learn macro technique. You can also do this with almost any digital camera, but here’s an article that I wrote about jewelery in specific. I am sure that you will find it helpful.

    The best way to take photos of jewelery for a web site is with a digital SLR and a macro lens. If you are not going to go with a DSLR, almost any point and shoot with a macro mode will serve you well. The thing is, I feel that you need to use the flash to force the aperture to close while still having enough light for an exposure. Many here will tell you different, but follow this advice and see what you think.

    Use your macro setting and experiment. Let’s say you have a point and shoot camera with macro and a flash on the camera. You might have to go to a manual mode to do this, but…

    Put your item on a nice background surface. I like to just put it in a ring box or on some velour. Zoom out at least half-way so that you will be working about a foot away from the ring. Be sure that you get focus confirmation. Shoot a picture USING flash. Check the LCD for the result. If you have overexposed the item, use the EV adjustment to reduce the exposure. For small items, I often find that I need to reduce the exposure by about 1.0 EV. (That’s -1.0 EV.) It is better to have the item properly exposed and the background underexposed, so just worry about the jewelery for now. Using a deliberate underexposure will cure the “too shiny” appearance of the stones and metal.

    If you know how, you can use either full manual exposure or just Aperture Priority and choose a smaller aperture (larger number) to make the ring show up in better focus.

    If you are doing any image processing at all, such with Photoshop or it’s cousins, you can crop the image to 800 pixels by 800 pixels and use Supersize images on eBay. I always use the Picture Pack when I am selling anything of any value.

    Check out http://www.members.aol.com/swf08302/heartring.jpg which I did a while ago using a Nikon Coolpix 5400 exactly as described above. I do NOT think this is acceptable, but we decided not to sell the ring anyhow, so I didn’t bother to do a better job. It’s still better than some I’ve seen. I don’t keep old photos of sold items around, so I don’t have much to show you, but at least you know that it’s possible to get an acceptable result even without spending huge dollars on your equipment.

    The key things to remember are:
    -Macro setting
    -Zoom out to get about a foot away from your subject
    -Use flash
    -Try different EV settings and expect that you will end up with a negative EV setting, such as -1.0 EV.

    I did these with my Nikon Coolpix 4600, just to show you what a really inexpensive camera can do. It’s a 4 MP camera that I paid about $ 150 for a couple of years ago.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/samfeinstein/577501964/
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/samfeinstein/577501976/

    Here are a couple more auction photos done as described, using a 60 mm macro lens on a DSLR:

    800 x 800 http://www.flickr.com/photos/samfeinstein/2540152660/ (Yorkie)
    800 x 800 http://www.flickr.com/photos/samfeinstein/1296244675/ (light box)
    800 x 800 http://www.flickr.com/photos/samfeinstein/1296276707/ (light box)
    800 x 800 http://www.flickr.com/photos/7189769@N04/412244168/ (light box)
    800 x 800 http://www.flickr.com/photos/7189769@N04/412244164/

    This is a coin shot with a DSLR and a telephoto lens, which lets you use the flash without washing everything out:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/samfeinstein/1190290008/

    If you are interested in a full description of an SLR set-up, post a new question and ask specifically for that information. I’m gathering from the nature of your question that you might be in the point and shoot market.

    This question is a link to a serious site about jewelery photography:

    http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylt=AkfJEz_.Vs2Q_gpBMuJVfb3ty6IX;_ylv=3?qid=20071220191859AAKtCUo

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