My fiancée creates jewelry (among other things) and for those of you who have tried it…photographing reflective metal objects can be challenging. However, this weekend I think I solved the problem. I built my own light-box. There are a tonne of instructions on the web (just Google “Build your own light box”). All you need are a large cardboard box, a utility knife, a ruler, baker’s parchment (or wax paper), tape, something to use as a background (I chose fabric), a light source and a half decent camera. I just used a run of the mill Canon 5.0 mega pixel digital camera which worked fine for experimenting.
I chose the instructions that looked the simplest (step-by-step written instructions AND pictures – because I don’t like to have to think to hard on the weekend ha, ha). After messing about with photos of jewelry (can’t show them just yet…but I’ll share once the new site is up and running) I thought it would be interesting to try photographing a different subject. The results are below. The secret in this case is a sheet of Plexiglass inserted at least 6″ above the bottom of the light-box. The objects (whatever they are) are placed on the glass so that when you shoot the photo they appear to “float”.