Thursday, November 20, 2008

Focus on Ocean Jasper Pendant

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Outi, a Finnish jewelry artisan was one of the earliest designers I featured on this blog. I liked her simple and elegant style of designing jewelry and shared her love of beautiful gemstones. Shown here is one of her many creations - a wire wrapped ocean jasper pendant necklace.

Although I can't read a word of Finnish, pictures are worth a thousand words. Her blog, Helmetti and her website show her skilled versatility but above all the quality of her products and attention to detail. Her sites show her preference for clean, uncluttered lines.

What really impressed me in my early days of struggling with jewelry photography, was how well she photographed her work. She is truly an inspiration. As many people have been asking her how she takes her photos, she recently took pictures of her worktable/studio and posted it on her blog and on Flickr.

As you can see below, she has a fantastic worktable as it is right by a window - perfect for jewelry designing and for taking photos on the spot. As I myself learnt the hard way, you don't need a light box. Natural light works very well. Outi has " a pretty decent camera" as she puts it but even a good point and shoot camera works. Just make sure you have the white balance set to daylight and cloudy/indoors.

The camera also must have a macro function for close ups otherwise everything will be fuzzy. If you have a steady hand, you can omit the tripod. I sometimes use a tiny tripod right on the table or brace my elbows on the table or against my body. One great tip from Outi is the use of a white background - a folded piece of white paper or card to reflect the outside light. Nothing fancy and minimum effort!





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3 comments:

  1. Reminds me of a computer desk but instead of putting the keyboard underneath - she puts her tools there! Genius!

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  2. I love to see other people's workspaces. I need to rework mine for sure.
    Thanks for confirming the thought youdon't always need a light tent. Just the white balance. Sure makes life easier for taking pictures. I purchased one of those tents and it gives me fits just putting it away. It has a mind of its own! Plus I wasn't any more pleased with the results.
    Love the pendant.
    Bev

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  3. This arrived at a most fortuitous moment..I was trying to find a simple way to photograph my works..and here you fond it..thanks..Maude

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