Do you want to be able to take extreme close up photographs of your jewelry with your point and shoot camera? Check out the Little Big Shot macro lens which can be attached to almost all compact cameras and only costs $22.99 plus shipping. Visit the Macro Lens For Compacts web page for more information about this compact camera attachable macro lens.

Do you need help editing your photographs? Please visit my GIMP Image Editor page for more information about my GIMP image editing ebook. GIMP is a FREE software program from gimp.org that can do anything that Photoshop can do.


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Using a photo light box or tent offers several advantages for ease of arranging backgrounds, lighting and display of objects you are photographing. Backgrounds can be easily changed using pins or tape. Arrangement of light fixtures is routine so you have consistency in the way multiple pictures look on your web site or in a catalog. Centering and straightening the items to be photographed is a snap. Using a tent reduces shadows and glare.

This section of my ebook talks about how to use photo lightboxes and tents. It also provides instructions for building your own photo lightbox from very inexpensive materials. A goose neck halogen light is used with both types of boxes. These lamps can be purchased at super stores for $15 to $29.

Photo Light Boxes

Photo light boxes are constructed of many materials. I prefer ones made of foam core board. Foam core board is made of two pieces of cardboard with a thin slice of foam sandwiched between them. Purchase board that is at least 3/16 inches (5mm) thick. Even fairly large pieces cost only a few dollars each. You can find them at stores selling art or craft supplies as well as at many super stores.

If you should decide that you do not want to make you own photo light box, you can purchase one from your local camera store or on the internet. Be certain not to purchase a box that is too small for the items you will be shooting. You may wish to use props such as a necklace board, and will need room for them.

Never purchase a box or tent less than 14 inches (36cm) cubed. Two advantages of using a large box are that you can use a bust or other props and you can take photographs of the jewelry without being able to see the corners or the edges of the light box. Pointing your camera straight at the jewelry on the bust should work fine, but if your camera is pointed down at the jewelry you may see the back wall of the light box where it meets at the bottom of the box. If that is the case, try moving the bust closer to the front of the light box. If you still see the back lower edge of the light box then arrange your background material to cover the joint.

I have seen several photo light boxes sold online for several hundred dollars to over a thousand. You can make a box for around $25 to suit your needs and get great results.

The photograph on the right hand side of this page of an orbital ocean jasper necklace was taken using my photo light box.

Advantages of building a foam core photo light box following my design

  • Foam core board is light, easy to find and purchase
  • The cost of one piece of foam core board is somewhere around $2.99 to $5, you will need three
  • Other photo light boxes that you can find free instructions for online may be too small for certain products
  • My foam core photo light box can be taken apart and stored behind a couch. It can be put back together again in just a few minutes
  • The total cost of materials to make the photo light box that I provide instructions for in my ebook is somewhere around $19 to $27

Instructions for making a DIY photo light box using foam core board

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I have decided to stop providing free information on how to build a photo light box out of foam core board. Instead of providing this highly sought after information for free, like I have been doing for the past six years, I have decided to charge a very small fee of a little over $1 for this photo light box ebook.

Only information on how to build a foam core photo light box is covered in this nine page, 2,200 word, photo light box ebook. See image of this ebook cover on the left.

If you prefer, you may purchase my Inexpensive Jewelry Photography Techniques ebook for $6.99. The same material that I cover in my photo light box ebook is also covered in my Inexpensive Jewelry Photography Techniques ebook.

The information in all of my ebooks is in PDF format and it is compatible with both PC and Mac computers.

Immediate Download! My ebook on how to build a foam core photo light box is available for immediate download from my PhotographyByJimJuris Handmade Artists shop.

My Inexpensive Jewelry Photography Techniques ebook is also available for immediate download through my Handmade Artist shop.

Some people who have purchased my Inexpensive Jewelry Photography Techniques ebook have also purchased my GIMP image editing ebook.

Jim Juris


www.inexpensivejewelryphotography.com

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To learn more about my Inexpensive Jewelry Photography Techniques ebook please visit my home page.

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Please visit my GIMP Image Editor web page for more information about my GIMP photo editing ebook which is shown above.

The information in these ebooks is in PDF format which is compatible with both Mac and PC computers.

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Take incredible macro photography pictures of your handmade jewelry or craft product with the Little BigShot snap-on macro lens.

Little BigShot fits almost all point and shoot cameras.

For more information about the Little Big Shot attachable macro photography lens for compact cameras please visit the Macro Lens For Compacts web page.


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