As I am sure I will repeat time and again, I am not a photographer. I love beautiful photos, and if I happen to take one, it is most likely the technology taking care of me.
I have been brainstorming ways to make my jewelry pics come alive, and this is one of my ideas, drying as I type this.
Typically I like to take my artsy shots outside, and I drape my creations over trees and benches, and that will always be my preferred staging method. I think the spontaneity of the piece that I carry out the door along with where the sun happens to be in the sky and which surfaces are clean and complementary enough to use all lend to the "one of a thing" ideal I am trying to uphold. However, this fall has been a bit on the rainy side, and winter is approaching here in Massachusetts. As much as I love the cold and the grey and the snow, my jewels do not, and my fingers prefer to remain gloved, not fiddling with cold metals and tiny buttons.
My idea was to create a backdrop of mellow overlapping colors on a canvas large enough to turn depending on the hue of the piece I am photographing. So, if the stones on a particular necklace are light, I could use the darker corner, or if they are cool in nature, I can use the warm, sunny corner, and the rest of the canvas can fade into the background and sort of be a frame. I thought about including a painted "frame" but decided against it once I got down to the act of painting.
Will it work? I'm honestly not sure, but I think it looks rather pretty on its own.