Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Striking Gold: Jewelry Photography

I think I've found my niche. (Note: 'think'). No, no, I'm not talking about finding out that I like wearing jewelry. I'm talking about taking pictures of products. In this case, jewelry.

When my girlfriend asked me if I wanted to help her by taking some pictures of jewelry for her family business, I jumped at the chance. I soon found myself strapped in on a bus bound for the mountains with a crap load of gear enough to fill a mini studio.

This was by far the best experience I've ever had doing product photography. I am happy to say that I applied a lot of what I learned from my Food Photography workshop with Mark Floro at PICC to these photos.  (It's all about controlling light!) I had a ton of fun shooting this set from the backroom of the shop where I set up a little guerrilla studio. The 'studio' consisted of a desk, two table lamps, a black felt background, pringles cans, adhesive putty and padded silver paper. What are the pringles cans, padded silver paper and adhesive putty for? (Well you'll just have to take the Food Photography work shop with Mark Floro @ PICC to find out ;) )

Something everyone should know is that a good product shot is brought about by the cooperation between the photographer and the product stylist. I'm happy to say that it was great working with people who are both jewelers and budding product stylists. The people at my girlfriend's shop were extremely knowledgeable about the type of jewelry they were working with as well as what to focus on to really bring out the beauty of a gem.

I found it very challenging as well as rewarding working with different gem stones and precious metals. The amount of colors you get are amazing. From aquamarine to emerald and from diamond to opal the range is wide and invites the photographer to go wild and literally play around with the product. I also liked creating stories with my photographs by finding different accessories and props that would tell a more complete story about the item that I was going to capture.

I can't wait to strike more gold as I dig deeper into the extremely interesting world of still life and product photography.

Photographed by: Andreo Bongco
Product Styling by: Gia M., Ralph Lopez & Angeli

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Ralph Lopez said...

nice photos... ;)
good job..

Andreo Bongco said...

Haha Thanks Ralph! Couldn't have been possible without the help of you and Angeli. Next time naman ulit haha

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