Jewellery Photography – Diamond Necklace

Karl photographs a diamond necklace for the second class in our series of jewellery photos shoots.

Using a simple lighting setup, Karl demonstrates how to light shiny metal surfaces and highlight important details in precious gems such as diamonds. Using one bare bulb, Karl shows you how to make use of reflectors to create a soft wraparound light, a technique that was key to achieving this stunning image.

You’ll be able to follow each step as Karl tests his individual lights, experimenting with lighting ratios and positions before reaching the final shot. You’ll also learn a few simple tricks that will help you make products such as diamonds truly sparkle.

In this jewellery photography class we cover the following:

  • Product photography: How to photograph jewellery
  • Jewellery photography tips
  • How to photograph shiny metal surfaces
  • How to create soft wraparound light
  • Using reflectors for product photography
  • Selecting backgrounds and props for jewellery photography

If you missed the Gemstone necklace shoot, you can watch it here. You can also learn more about jewellery photography in our Rings photography class.

If you have any questions about this class, please leave them in the comments box below.

NOTE: This photography class is available with English subtitles.


  1. Hi Karl,
    Can I use acrylic sheet when shooting wine bottles or any other products? Or there is a reason why you are choosing the diffusion paper fro Lee?

  2. Hello Karl, really nice result.
    But what are you using to diffuse the main light coming from behind?


    Thomas Tebet

  3. Hi Karl

    If one was to shoot only jewelry, what would be the minimum scrim size would you recommend?

    On you other product photography courses, you have recommend using large scrims , 4ftx4ft and even larger. But considering that jewelry is small and in a home studio environment manipulating large scrims and a whole bunch of c-stands could be a challenge, what will be your suggestion?


  4. Hi Karl.

    I would like to clarify my point about the possible use of laser light to create specular highlights and also to add a common sense warning.
    Laser can damage the camera sensor just as it can damage ones eyes if it either shines directly into the camera sensor or reflects off something like the diamond facet.
    My question above therefore is not about about shining the laser only at the diffusion material to create a very hard light source on the diffusion material but NOT to ever use it as a direct light source onto the product.
    I apologise for not making that clear in my previous question.

  5. Looks really nice Karl and also loved your graduated light over the black card as a background.

    My question is, would a white small laser light(s) aimed at the diamonds with a long exposure and main flash firing on first shutter curtain work to create the sparkle instead of using the pico light and having to combine the shots after in post?

    1. Hi Peter, any small point light source that you can focus to a specific point should work. As you said you can combine a longer exposure with continuous light to achieve it, you may just need to gel your light source.

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