How to photograph a diamond ring?

February 21, 2010 by admin  
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stevel226 asked:

I want to pgotograph the diamond ring I bought for my beloved. Every picture come out blurry because the flash shines on the diamond. My cameras a kodak V1003 10 MP. Any suggestions?

Men's Diamond Ring



5 Responses to “How to photograph a diamond ring?”
  1. diamond ring

    turn the flash off

    use a tripod


  2. Dog Supplies says:

    Silver Belt Buckle

    It’s going to be pretty tough to get a great picture with your camera. I have a stock answer that I post for people who want to take jewelry photos for eBay. If you read this, I think you will get the best results that you can with your camera. I have some examples taken with an SLR with a dedicated macro lens, but it would be a long shot for you to come up to that quality – which isn’t even “catalog” quality.

    Since you have 10 MP to play with AND a decent sized sensor, you might do better to back off from the subject and then crop out a portion of the frame to come up with the final image.


    For objects photographed from a distance of 3-4 feet, absolutely any digital camera and any “digital photographer” can get a suitable image. Don’t forget that the largest picture eBay will display (unless you are hosting your own images) is 800 x 800 pixels or less than 1 megapixel. For jewelry or other small items, you have to learn macro technique. You can also do this with almost any digital camera, but here’s an article that I wrote about jewelry in specific. I am sure that you will find it helpful.

    The best way to take photos of jewelry for a web site is with a digital SLR and a macro lens. If you are not going to go with a DSLR, almost any point and shoot with a macro mode will serve you well. The thing is, I feel that you need to use the flash to force the aperture to close while still having enough light for an exposure. Many here will tell you different, but follow this advice and see what you think.

    Use your macro setting and experiment. Let’s say you have a point and shoot camera with macro and a flash on the camera. You might have to go to a manual mode to do this, but…

    Put your item on a nice background surface. I like to just put it in a ring box or on some velour. Zoom out at least half-way so that you will be working about a foot away from the ring. Be sure that you get focus confirmation. Shoot a picture USING flash. Check the LCD for the result. If you have overexposed the item, use the EV adjustment to reduce the exposure. For small items, I often find that I need to reduce the exposure by about 1.0 EV. (That’s -1.0 EV.) It is better to have the item properly exposed and the background underexposed, so just worry about the jewelry for now. Using a deliberate underexposure will cure the “too shiny” appearance of the stones and metal.

    If you know how, you can use either full manual exposure or just Aperture Priority and choose a smaller aperture (larger number) to make the ring show up in better focus.

    If you have a DSLR, post your question again stating the kind of camera that you have and the lens that you are using and we will give more details.

    If you are doing any image processing at all, such with Photoshop or it’s cousins, you can crop the image to 800 pixels by 800 pixels and use Supersize images on eBay. I always use the Picture Pack when I am selling anything of any value.

    Check out which I did a while ago using a Nikon Coolpix 5400 exactly as described above. I do NOT think this is acceptable, but we decided not to sell the ring anyhow, so I didn’t bother to do a better job. It’s still better than some I’ve seen. I don’t keep old photos of sold items around, so I don’t have much to show you, but at least you know that it’s possible to get an acceptable result even without spending huge dollars on your equipment.

    The key things to remember are:
    -Macro setting
    -Zoom out to get about a foot away from your subject
    -Use flash
    -Try different EV settings and expect that you will end up with a negative EV setting, such as -1.0 EV.

    I happen to have some photos from old auctions on an FTP site. I think that these were all taken with a 3 MP Nikon Coolpix 885.

    (The patch is about 4 inches long.)

    Here are a couple of coin photos done exactly as described, but using a D200:

    I did these with my Nikon Coolpix 4600, just to show you what a really inexpensive camera can do. It’s a 4 MP camera that I paid about $150 for a couple of years ago.

    Here are a couple more auction photos done as described, using a 60 mm macro lens on a DSLR:

    800 x 800
    800 x 800 (light box)
    800 x 800 (light box)
    800 x 800 (light box)
    800 x 800

    I finally posted that auction back in July:

    If you are interested in a full description of an SLR set-up, post a new question and ask specifically for that information. I’m gathering from the nature of your question that you might be in the point and shoot market.

  3. Bowhunting

    Get a different camera, one that can handle a macro lens like Nikon or Canon. If you want a really good picture, then use a light tent and diffused lighting with a darker backround so the diamond will stand out. You can also add a small penlight for highlights and sparkle to the edges of the diamond.

  4. Dog Supplies

    Option 1) Use the “macro” or “Super macro” mode if the camera has it (as that’s the sort of task Macro mode was designed to do)………….. and try taking the pic from as far away as you can get away with, and zoom in.

    Option 2) a variation of Option 1, but turn the flash off and use a different light source (e.g. under the light above a diningtable, etc).

    Option 3) Get a better quality camera………. you don’t have to break the bank with an expensive Digital SLR, as Fuji & Olympus are currently making some damn good cameras right now that fit between a Compact and an SLR, such as:
    Fuji S6500fd / S6000fd (I’ve got one, and it’s ‘kin brilliant)
    Fuji S5700 / S700
    Fuji S5200/S5600 (replaced by S5700/S700)
    Olympus SP-510uz
    Olympus SP-550uz

  5. Dog Supplies says:

    Sterling Silver Boxes

    Every pictures came out blurry,because you didn’t use Tripod for slower shutter speed,if you didn’t want a diamond ring so shining ,put on your flash with Lightsphere and bounce on a ceiling, it will be giving the best results,let try it now.

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