Pearl Necklace on a Neck

When is it not distracting to use props, or jewelry displays in jewelry product photography? I like this photo, above, which was taken in 1998. The necklace is from my line that year and features sterling silver elements and cultured, freshwater, dyed potato pearls.

It helps this picture work that the background is white, or almost white. It would be even better if the background were completely even in color, and if there were no seams in the corners. If I wanted to, I could easily fix that in Photoshop.

Photoshop is acceptable for product shots, catalogs and websites, but not jury slides. Me, I don’t use Photoshop at all, I prefer to get the pictures right in the camera the first time. It’s easier and saves time overall, I think.

What else makes the picture (almost) work? I like the choice of display neck — it’s not so gorgeous itself that it takes away from the jewelry. It does its job, it shows how the necklace falls when it’s worn, but doesn’t attract attention itself, except for the reflections.

Inexpensive velvet type displays don’t work in photos — they’re too linty and generally look cheap in photos.

Now here’s another version of this photo, taken head-on (or neck-on?) to the display neck. It’s much less atractive, isn’t it? Just like with real person, an angle is more attractive.

2nd view Pearl Necklace

Do you have some successful pictures of your jewelry on a prop or display? Please share, post a comment with a link to your site!

These pictures were taken with actual slide film and scanned to CD by a professional lab.

Jewelry is (c) 1998 Elaine Luther All Rights Reserved
Images are (c) 1998 Elaine Luther All Rights Reserved

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