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04/04/2006 08:30:31 AM · #1
Alright, the deal is this:
Im just an ordinary guy who happens to own decent camera and like to shoot with it and can make mediocre shots by the time. So I decided to earn few extra pennies and offered to make picture set out of tattoo and piercing -shops jewels.
Pictures are going to be in their website (most likely no prints) and I would estimate there are just about 100 different pieces.
I talked with the owner and she wanted every piece photoed separately and edited to directly put into website. Converting and adjusting will just be creative use of Photoshop and no big hassle.
I have to do shots in back room, which is quite small and hardly can fit tripod in there. Lightning seemed adequate, but cold. Jewels are mainly titanium and black, some have diamonds.

So, as this is first time making such many shots from objects, how long could this possibly take and whats the reasonable price?
And ofcourse I'd appreciate some advice on where to place jewels (sheet of paper or soft cloth?) and any tricks for lightning and actual shooting.
The price - ofcourse - is quite important. I am no pro photographer and pictures for website arent #1 on her checklist, but still I wouldn't like to be underpaid if it turns out to be daunting, 10-hour task with money barely enough to cover expenses.
04/04/2006 08:58:44 AM · #2
I think the key to making them look good is lighting. What if you took a small clip light, or light box? Maybe use a black drop or possibly white - the contrast might make the metal and jewels show up best.

I don't know anything about pricing, as your market may be different. You could either charge per photo, or a set fee, based on your time and effort.

GOOD LUCK! Can't wait to see some of them.
04/04/2006 09:03:51 AM · #3
Here are the results of my first (only) jewelry shoot. (most of these are straight from the camera before editing) //www.photoreflect.com/scripts/prsm.dll?eventthumbs?event=0CRO000D&b=0&t=-1&start=0&password=

I used lots of "found" objects as backgrounds. (some metal part of a car...maybe muffler?, reflector, scrapbook paper, bottles, glass plates, etc.) Some of these are using only natural light from french doors, and others are using strobes w/ umbrellas.

This was a friend of mine, so she got a deal. I charged $100 to shoot (this took maybe 2-3 hours with lots of goofing around) and charged something like $10 for each low res. digital file or $25 for each high res. digital file. She mostly just needed something for a marketing postcard to go out to potential clients that visit craft shows.

I'm not really sure what the going rate should be...just thought I'd share some ideas in terms of backgrounds, etc. Best of luck!

Message edited by author 2006-04-04 09:05:14.
04/04/2006 09:25:04 AM · #4
My hubby does tats and piercings and I have played around with photographing the body jewelry. My suggestion is to make sure you have a macro lens. try to make yourself a small light tent with a few clipon halogen desk lights. body jewelry is VERY reflective with all the stones and shapes they have available. just watch the highlights.

as for pricing the job i really cant help you. I too have the same problem on what to charge for what jobs. It really depends on what the market is where you are. maybe you could try calling other photographers in the area and ask them what they would charge "you" to do a job like this and see what the going rate is there.
04/04/2006 12:07:02 PM · #5
Awesome, thanks alot for help so far. I've yet to decide the price - have to ask around - but it just might be around 200 + piercing (left nipple) and I call it a deal.
Next thing is building a light tent. Seems like couple napkins and office tape suffice. Have to work on lightning though and with that huge reflection of camera when macro'ing.

Message edited by author 2006-04-04 12:07:16.
04/04/2006 12:10:43 PM · #6
Originally posted by Mazka:

Awesome, thanks alot for help so far. I've yet to decide the price - have to ask around - but it just might be around 200 + piercing (left nipple) and I call it a deal.
Next thing is building a light tent. Seems like couple napkins and office tape suffice. Have to work on lightning though and with that huge reflection of camera when macro'ing.

You can also build a small light tent with some PVC and a piece of white muslin. I made one, it was easy, cheap, and works great.
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