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    Anyone shoot jewelry? I'm working with a client who has a jewelry store. I need a good macro lens and light set up. Want to spend under $500. Max $600. Any tips and resources on where to shop would be awesome

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    For $500 you might be able to rent a decent macro lens and a lighting tent setup (although you may have to purchase the tent, not sure if thats a normal rental item)
    Design is not decoration.

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    • #3
      I have been shooting jewelry for many years. My wife is a silversmith and I'm a glass blower. www.cosmoglassworks.com

      I shoot everything with a basic 18-55 kit lens. You don't need macro. Macro is great for taking pictures of bugs' eyes or whatever. For jewelry you don't need it.

      I made my own light tent for less than $30. I used PVC pipe and rip-stop nylon. Cheap flood lights from Lowes with daylight bulbs provide the lighting. For less than $60 (not including the camera, of course) I made my entire setup.
      http://brokenspokedesign.com

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        Just realized some of my photos are missing. I just switched hosting companies, so something must be screwy somewhere...

    • #4
      What about diamonds? Would you suggest a macro lens in that scenario?

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      • #5
        Those pics came out great btw

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        • #6
          No. Macro will flatten the depth of field too much. For diamonds (and other stones) lighting is the most important. What kind of lighting will depend on the stone. For diamonds and clear stones, I use 65k lights.
          http://brokenspokedesign.com

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