Photo of the Week - Week 30 - Lightbox Shooting

August 31, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

A while ago I made a lightbox for shooting small items on a tabletop, but it has been a long time since I have used I. Recently I brought it out to do some jewelry photography. I set up with three lights, two on either side and one shooting into the box. With white paper inside the box, this meant I could power the flashes way down (1/8 or 1/16 power) because there was so much light bouncing around inside there.

I liked how some of my shots of pearls turned out - the big, soft light of the lightbox goes well with the softer feel of pearls. On this one I set the right-hand light to a slightly higher power because when there were no shadows the jewelry was just kind of floating there in white space.

Jewelry-10

EXIF Data

Lens: Canon 70-200mm L

Shutter Speed: 1/250s

Aperture: F11

Focal Length: 159mm

ISO: 100

This one below gave me fits - the stone is a Bolivianita, or Ametrine. The stone has two different colors in it, purple and gold, and I wanted a way to show those two colors. I tried different light positions, white background, laying on a black background, but eventually ended up hanging this over the edge of the lightbox with a piece of black felt about six inches behind it.

Jewelry-14

EXIF Data

Lens: Tamron 17-50mm

Shutter Speed: 1/250s

Aperture: F18

Focal Length: 50mm

ISO: 100


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