I’m enjoying studio photography and had the chance to photograph Kelly’s
diamond necklace by Christian Tse today. I made the first image on black to make the piece stand out. It was actually pretty easy to get the background to go within 3 points of complete black. This will be part of my intermediate photography and strobe photography class in spring 2014 put on by the Jackson Hole Art Association.
The second image was done on white, similar to what most jewelry companies do. Although almost all products are done on what, PSOW, I prefer the black for this sort of piece with white gold and diamonds. Even though the image on the metal is the same in both
images, the effect of a black versus a white background is pretty dramatic. It’s really a personal preference. Most clients prefer things on white because they can cut the background out in Photoshop and then do whatever they need with it. I prefer to get everything right in the camera and not have to do hardly anything in PS. The less time I spend in post, the happier I am.
The photographs I’ve done for By Nature Gallery have required a pure, 0,0,0 background, meaning I have a LOT of work to do in photoshop. Even though I can control the light really well, getting a true zero black background is essentially impossible. So, their work always requires a lot of post.
You’ll have to decide for yourself which one you like better.
I’ve also included a setup shot so you can see what goes into making one of these images. I really wish I had one more Nikon Speedlight to give me an extra edge and ability to sculpt the image. It’d only be another $500. Haha!