| Tim Woiner of
Brooks Metals, a
jewelry wholesaler in Pittsburgh, hired me as a consultant to teach him to
photograph jewelry for in house use and promotional mailings. The above
picture is the light tent I helped him build out of items that he had
around the office. The Lowell hot light hanging above the set could easily
be replaced with a reflector and daylight bulb.
The frame for the light tent is a file cabinet frame for hanging
folders. I used white pillowcases to surround it to soften the light
and eliminate reflections. The white pieces of fome-cor are used to back
the pillowcases on the sides if more light is needed because the
pillowcases let some of the light through. The additional clip-on light
is used when a more directional fill is needed to give dimension to the
piece of jewelry.
| Important to note that Tim uses a small table top tripod to keep
the camera steady during exposures. |
| The soft wrapping light that an umbrella or soft box puts out is
only available if the device is closer than the diagonal size of the
device. If it's used further away than that distance, it turns into
a more direct light source. When Tim first showed me the set up, he
had the Lowell soft box hanging from the ceiling and he was shooting
on the floor. It was almost no different than using on camera flash.
I moved the set to a table to keep the light source within that
magic distance and his pictures improved right away. |