Iphone Jewelry Photography: Incredible Result. Before and After retouching.

I was very skeptical about shooting jewelry with Iphone. But when Alex Koloskov showed me the test result I was impressed! More about Jewelry Photography with iPhone.

I just wanna say: It’s unbelievable!

Now, if you need your jewelry pictures for web, you don’t have to buy an expensive professional camera, even more, you don’t have to buy a camera at all…if you have Iphone of course:-)
And with some Photoshop skills you can get a great images for web sites.
Look at my examples of before and after post-production:


I’m reading the book by Betty Edwards now: Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain

This book opens my eyes. Highly recommend to everyone.

My pictures become better and better. I’ll show it some day here:-) My dream is to combine retouching, painting and drawing in Photoshop. Should be fun:-)

“The purpose of your daily sketchbook drawings is not to produce finished drawings, just as the purpose of jogging is not to get somewhere.”

~ Betty Edwards

What are you reading now? Can you draw or paint?

Retouched Ring Before and After and Useful Links

Silver ring with Swarovski crystals.

Used software:

Adobe Photoshop CS6 Extended
Topaz DeNoise

Used Tools:

You can try to do a retouching work with a mouse, but I highly recommend to use a pen tablet as Wacom:

Wacom Intuos4 Large

I’ve captured all retouching process of this piece of jewelry:-), and I hope you see the video on www.photigy.com as soon as we edit it.

Also, I’ve added the “Useful Links” page on this blog. I will add there links which I find useful.

Stay tuned:-)

Perfume Bottle: Before and After Post-Production

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Product photography tip: The fast and easy way to clean dust.

You can always use usual cleaning tools like Clone Stamp and Healing Brush. However for product photography I like to use Photoshop Filters and Masking. Let me show how I do it? Below you can find the simple steps:

1. Open the image and Duplicate Layer

This is 100% crop of the cosmetic brush image

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8 Common Post-production Mistakes in Product Photography

After watching series of our Studio Photography Insights G+ Hangouts I’ve noticed common mistakes photographers do, and created this post to highlight them and help to solve based on eight examples. These images I have selected form our weekly assignments submissions, done by our hangout and assignments participants.
These are very easy and fat fixes, but they change the final look drastically.

1. Not White Enough Background

If you choose to have a white background, it should be white, not grey. If you want grey background it should be more pronounceable  grey, better with a gradient.

photo by Boris Matijasevic

2. Uneven Horizontal Line (not leveled shot)

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Before and after photo of our upcoming ebook.

We are working on our upcoming ebook (another ebook and video from latest masterclass will be available next week), and here I would like to show you the progress. It is not a regular “before and after” image, as before is not a one image, but a  picture that showing what you can get from a set of the images using Photoshop and creativity.

Now we (Alex and I) have a good grounding in techniques, so this is time for us become more creative. We will experiment with new devices, techniques, objects. Hope it will be very interesting time.
Before and After

jewelry photography, post-production and retouching

New ebook about how we made this photo will be ready very soon.

Thank you for looking. Any feedback and suggestions are very welcome!
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How to do Focus Stacking in Photoshop CS5. Jewelry photography post production.

I noticed a big interest to the focus stacking topic. I will explain a post production part in Photoshop CS5 more detailed. You can read and see the video of a shooting part on Alex’s blog Focus stacking technique using Adobe Photoshop CS5

So, we have a sequence of images: 5, 8, 12. I mean, as many as we need.  I have 11 images.

Step 1.

Select the sequence of the photos in Bridge CS5:

Images selection for focus stacking

Images selection for focus stacking

Step 2.

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Jewelry photography retouching: Before and After.

Based on the responses from Alex’s last post about jewelry photo session I”ve decided to post images before and after post production and 100% crop to see amount of work. Some times I had to almost completely  re-create a part of the item: it appears to be faster that to trying to restore lost finish and colors.

We made about 50 images for a talented jewelry designer Elizabeth Dupree Lynch for her Fine Jewelry collection. All jewelry was hand crafted by Italian jewelry master; therefore, retouching was not easy. It took us many hours (big thanks to my helper Anna Yenina:-) to do it.

All  “before” objects showed as-is (Camera RAW default settings) photo without focus stacking applied. First image from a sequence is what you’ll see. Images ‘after” have a  focus stacking applied.
I am going to do “focus staking in Photoshop cs5″ post next time, but for now you can check out this video how we do a focus stacking.

Some images may look overdone, (especially at 100% crop), but  this is what we were able to do considering  items’  condition (not new)   and an extreme  tight schedule for a post production.

Mouse Over to see Before and After

Diamond ring retouching.

Diamond ring retouching.

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Still life retouching. Glass on black, white and grey. Before and After.

In this post I want to show the difference in visual perception of retouched and not retouched images. There is nothing special in post-production: levels, curves, healing, cloning, transforming. Just routine work and images become more clean, crisp and finished.

For some cases we should spend more time for retouching to make photos perfect. However you have to know your final goals and ability to say yourself  “Stop! It is good enough now.”:-)

Mouse Over to see Before* and After

*When I say "Before" this means Camera RAW Default settings.
Alcohol drink photoshop retouching.

Alcohol drink photoshop retouching.

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Using curves in photoshop for retouching. Very useful trick.

I was asked couple times what the strange mode I used in my video. So, here is the answer:

I used curves presets to see differences in gradients and colors. When I apply various curves  even slight  difference in color or brightness become extremely visible. Here are two examples:

1. On this image I want to see clearly every tiny dust piece on the black background. It highlights it very well by using such curve:

Using curves in retouching.

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