Photo of the Month

Jewellery Photography of the Month - July by Vadim Chiline

Jewelry photograph of the month of July

Jewelry photograph of the month of July

The image above was done for our client Ex Aurum jewellers of Montreal. It will be featured as an ad in Weddings Bells and Marrions-Nous magazines upcoming editions.

Sometimes shooting away from the classic all white, or all black background leads to some wonderful images - Images that showcase sparkle and fire, alongside a mood for the brand or the item itself. In this image here for Ex Aurum, I decided to shoot on a leatherette and added some simple background lighting to add to the mood.Blue and purple are generally quite awesome to use with jewelry - they are very opulent/royal in lineage. I added a tilt to the image giving it a little more dynamics - too many times are images shot "table-top" straight on. Adding some "jazz" did this shot some good.

The shot was generally done "as-is" with very little post-production. Purple was added in post-production as well as a reduction in the blue being reflected on the rear shank of the ring by the client's request. We then added a little more blue in the actual stones, and removed some reds/yellows.

The lighting used were 2 softboxes + 2 stobes with grids. In the back there was a colored gel used.

Watch this same ring in all its glory sparkle to life in 1080p

We tried to capture the fire as well. Check out our upcoming blog regarding video promotion for your online, and in-store display needs. The sky's the limit to make your product shine.

Jewellery Photography of the Month: Tourmalines & Diamonds by Vadim Chiline

Jewelry photograph of pink and mint tourmaline rings on black

Jewelry photograph of pink and mint tourmaline rings on black

Pink & Mint Tourmaline rings with diamonds set in 18k gold.

I shot this as a last minute image because the items had to be returned rush to the client in question for the JCK Las Vegas show. Sometimes the time to do jewellery photography is so short that we only have the time to shoot the requested images before they are sent back. For insurance purposes, it’s completely logical, but from an artistic point of view, you wish you could “savor” them more. I had a little spare time with this set of items, and so I decided to stack the rings on top of each creating a pleasant image because of the colorful interaction between the tourmalines gemstones: I should have called this one “peek-a-boo”, but now you’d find me silly. Rings that feature great workmanship, higher-end diamonds and stones normally require less retouching. This was the case in this image here. Dust was removed; a little bit of the rear-shank/gold was drawn out to be cleaner. Diamonds and gemstones were color corrected and cleaned-up a little.

A little background information about Tourmaline gemstone:

Tourmalines are the most varied gemstone out there: They come in nearly any color, and no two tourmalines are alike. Their color will vary depending on the light source used to look at them. Finally, many tourmalines exhibit 2 or more colors. This is why our jewelry clients need to specify what color the tourmalines must match to.

Jewelry Photography & Promotion for the Holidays by Vadim Chiline

Jewelry photography showcase in promotional greeting cards

Jewelry photography showcase in promotional greeting cards

Two greeting cards we've created for our clients used in mail promotion. It's been a very busy week here at EpicMind, and we're a little late posting our new blog. In the mean time, here are two greeting cards we've created for our clients promotion. In the next blog I will go behind the scenes and show how the key-pendant image was shot. Stay tuned!