Pentax Optio S60 versus the Nikon CoolPix P100 for Photographing Jewelry

I’m teaching myself to photograph jewelry because so often I felt that the beauty of my jewelry was lost in low quality photography.  Photographing jewelry isn’t easy due to jewelry’s high reflectivity and small scale.  

Harsh light caused dark shadows.  Low resolutions cameras or not enough light caused grainy results.  I invested in a photo tent in black because most of my pieces are bright silver and will look best photographed on a black background.  The tent also has a white stand and fabric that velcros in place for when a white background is optimal.

Up until about a week ago, I was using a Pentax Optio, 6.0 Megapixel camera with very few manual settings.  Here is an example picture of a bracelet that I took with the Pentax Optio.

Wavy bracelet taken with older camera.

Wavy Bracelet with shadows.

My new camera is a Nikon Coolpix P100 with 10.3 Megapixel.  With the photo tent buffering the light and a camera with manual options I was able to take the picture below.

Gemstone Studded Wavy Cuff Bracelet

photo taken with new camera

What a difference higher quality equipment makes!  I’m still learning how to work it, of course, but I’m excited about how much better I am able to present my jewelry designs.  The gemstones look more 3 dimensional because the new photos have so much more depth and give a much more accurate depiction what the jewelry will be like when viewed in person.

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