Service Details

My Workflow

I produce high-res original digital photography shot with Nikon FX SLR cameras, up to 36 megapixels and have a variety of lenses including a 105mm macro. Original file size is 7,360 × 4,912 pixels. These images are of a resolution suitable for full-page reproduction and larger poster-sized prints.

I shoot directly to the computer when in studio. This means that if you are here for the shoot, you see the images as soon as I do. This gives us the opportunity to review the images and make subtle changes on-the-spot in real-time. If you see something you like, we go with that route. If you see something you don’t like, we change the composition.

Clients are invited to attend the shoot. You can also ship or bring work to my studio for me to shoot and return to you. Normal turn-around time for work shipped to the studio is 5-7 working days.

File Formats

I generally provide finished images at the end of the session with no waiting, unless there is significant additional Photoshop work needed. I can provide the finished images in whatever format you request. Unless you have different requirements, I usually provide the finished images in the following formats, delivered on a thumb drive. I also can upload the images to Dropbox and send you an link via email for fast and easy download to your computer, at your convenience.

  • * High-res tiff master files
  • * High-res jpeg files for easier viewing
  • * Low-res jpeg versions for ease of sending by email

Jewelry Backgrounds

I can produce jewelry images for you on any kind of background you prefer. However, there are three kinds of backgrounds that are most commonly in use with jewelry artists, and the great bulk of the work I do for jewelers involves creating images with one of the following three types.

Traditional Light-to-Dark Graduated Background

This is the kind of jewelry image which has been used for applications to juried shows, exhibitions and galleries for at least the last three decades. It has been considered the gold-standard for images of artisan jewelry. It has evolved and improved over recent years thanks to digital photography, and many people still consider it the very best way to present high-end jewelry for juried competitions.

White Backgrounds

There are two types of white background, one I call Natural White and the other Pure White. They are very different and require very different photographic processes.

Natural White

Process: To create an image with a natural white background, the piece of jewelry is placed on a white surface, lit, and photographed. The background on which the piece is shot is the background.

Pure White

Process: The process of creating an image of a piece of jewelry on a pure white background is similar to that used for producing an image on a dark grad background. The piece of jewelry is either placed on or suspended in front of a white background, lit, and photographed. In the resulting image the piece is then digitally ‘cut out’ and placed on a pure white background. A pure white background is a background that digital absolute white, with no color tone and as bright a white as the digital color system can produce.