Can anyone point me to quality articles/books on photographing glass and gems?
I know it's difficult, and I have some additional complications to deal with, but for now I'm just looking to get the "simple" part right.A lot of what I'm working with is Swarovski crystal, which has very bright and sharp facets, unlike the imitations which I can tell apart at arms length.
I have an Alpha 58 with the kit lens, the 55-200 zoom, and a Tamron 90mm macro.
I've used all three with varying results.I feel like I'm missing something, but I'm not sure what it is.That special something..
I'm using four 75W Daylight LED lamps for general illumination.
I shoot at ISO 100 in manual.Exposure is under control.
I use a black velvet background behind the subject, which works pretty well except for the white cat.Lint rollers at hand.
I've tried various dodges for softening the light, but as yet I haven't tried anything to hide me or the camera from the front side of the subject.
Focus is good, I use the focus assistant and the focus zoom, with an external 7" monitor.
I've calibrated my monitor with a Colormunki Smile.
Something's still missing, they always look kind of "dead".If I knew what it was, I could probably fix it.