This photograph was completed for Mikuš Diamonds, as part of a series of images for their range of diamond rings. As mentioned previously, jewelry photography is complex, with each piece having its own unique style and story, so I will try to create tutorials around each image.
For this diamond ring photography, we selected a moody background that really contrasted with the colors of the ring. The ring is white gold and diamond-encrusted. The client spoke about a previous image they had of a ring resting on a layer of volcanic ash. I started to research ways on how to naturally create a dark, textured bed of stone that matched their descriptions.
You can find the black sand at any pet shop (typically labelled for aquarium use). Also, the final diamond ring image used a pattern that took multiple attempts to discover. The ring was placed in the center of this circular pattern. I used only low-hanging lighting, which created the atmosphere.
As with the other shoot of a diamond ring in the flowers, I took pictures of the ring separately. Which means the final jewelry image is a composite. It is safer to separate the two objects, as the ring is small, and any contrast will show up in the reflection of the gold. To achieve a circular appearance in the ring, I created a cone out of diffused plastic materials. This is especially useful for jewelry photography.
Final Results - Diamond Ring Photography
Finally, I experimented with different patterns and I came up with this circular one what I’m placing during right in the middle, and I’m using only low-key lighting who created the atmosphere. Furthermore, I must add that to visually ensure the sand and ring worked together, I photographed it on a black surface.
I hope you enjoyed this explanation of how I achieved the final look for this specific piece of jewelry photography. Please leave your comments below and remember to subscribe to my mailer.
How do I create a visually interesting composition for my diamond ring on volcanic sand photograph?
Consider placing the ring off-center, using the rule of thirds. Also, pay attention to the background and foreground elements to create depth in the image. For example, you could incorporate some volcanic rocks or a textured fabric into the composition.
What kind of lighting should I use for my diamond ring on volcanic sand photograph?
For a natural, organic look, it’s best to use diffused natural light. Shoot outdoors in the early morning or late afternoon when the light is soft and warm. If shooting indoors, use a diffuser to soften the light or place the ring near a window with indirect light.
How can I edit my diamond ring on volcanic sand photograph to enhance its visual impact?
Firstly, adjust the exposure and contrast to bring out the details in the ring and sand. Then, use selective color adjustments to make the diamond sparkle and enhance the color of the volcanic sand. Finally, sharpen the image and remove any distracting elements using cloning or healing tools.