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Forty’s Foto Tips, #3: Fabric is a perfect backdrop for earrings!

Oct 1, 2007

by Chillionaire handmade and vintage goods

Ahoy! Thanks for stopping by my advice column in The Storque. I’m no professional photographer, but I figured that would just make it easier for me to pass on some fun and simple tips that can help anyone! If you have any suggestions, please feel free to email me at Come back soon for more installments!

Find some fabric that complements the earrings you will be photographing. I went with pink to bring out the highlights in these fishing lures (I think they’re lures, but what do I know, I’ve never gone fishing!). Then drape the fabric over something so you can poke the earrings through and they can hang naturally. I put it right over my computer monitor and it worked great. Plus, I could easily move my light source right in front of the earrings.

Adjust the earrings to show them off just right, in these I made sure the blue chain was visible, not hidden behind the charm. Some more things to consider when photographing earrings or other jewelry:


   •    take pictures of the different parts of the object to show off the findings or to give a close up of a charm


    •    with earrings, do not photograph them in someone’s ears unless you mention in the listing that you will be sending a brand new pair of the same item, it’s unsanitary and can be a turn off for a lot of buyers

    •    taking pictures outdoors on a sunny day can make some great images, perhaps create a set using things found outside your house, such as rocks, to do something dramatic that will make your beautiful jewelry stand out

Modern Rose Quartz Earrings
Modern Rose Quartz Earrings


  • thefunkyfelter

    thefunkyfelter said 11 years ago

    You must have read my mind ;) I was just thinking today about how to photograph some earrings that I've made. This was very timely and helpful - thank you for the info!

  • dancingwithbeads

    dancingwithbeads said 11 years ago

    Thank you for the article! I'll try the fabric. Does anyone know how to get rid of my bluish background? I'ts actually white but comes out looking bluish no matter what i do to it! its making me a littel crazy. Karen

  • LaurelJaneDesigns

    LaurelJaneDesigns said 11 years ago

    Try using the white ballance adjustment in your camera. Sometimes it will give you different settings for different light or just let you try different + or - settings off of true white. A good way of trying is to change the settings until a white sheet of paper comes out white in the photo. Brian

  • SunriseCreationsInc

    SunriseCreationsInc said 10 years ago

    Thanks for the great tips. I especially like the one about photographing in someones ear. I have not done this but had considered it - you saved me. Thanks again.

  • worksandfinds

    worksandfinds said 10 years ago

    Thank you, I'm working on improvements.

  • MonasMane

    MonasMane said 10 years ago

    thanks, these tips are great. people like you are so helpful!

  • justkim

    justkim said 10 years ago

    Fabulous and innovative! Thanks!

  • Jewlz076

    Jewlz076 said 10 years ago

    Thanks for the great tips!

  • JazzBloom

    JazzBloom said 10 years ago

    Thanks great tip

  • moonpics

    moonpics said 10 years ago

    For the tip: "do not photograph them in someone's ears unless you mention in the listing that you will be sending a brand new pair of the same item, it's unsanitary and can be a turn off for a lot of buyers", I understand your opinion and advice, but I must say that, as a buyer on etsy, sometimes it is only when I see pics with someone wearing the earring, that I have a good idea of how big and how they would eventually look when I wear them. And that is many times when I decide to buy them!

  • NewLifeDesigns

    NewLifeDesigns said 10 years ago

    Thanks for sharing your experience. It really helps.

  • krystalsbykrystallee

    krystalsbykrystallee said 10 years ago

    Great ideaa! I take most of my pictures of my jewelry on my crystals and gemstones that they are made out of. I stopped doing that but I guess I will go back to doing it again. I thought it looked natural but I did not see others doing that so I stopped. Going to continue doing it again. Thank you...

  • BubbleyBoutique

    BubbleyBoutique said 10 years ago

    I like the tip about draping the fabric over the computer Monitor.Thanks for the tip :)

  • KentwoodKreations

    KentwoodKreations said 10 years ago

    Thanks!! Every little bit of information helps.

  • sstarlaa

    sstarlaa said 10 years ago

    This is helpful. I was using cardstocks, but the lighting sucks. So my pictures still look rather dark. I'm going to try to make a box!

  • MagnoliaBlossomJewel

    MagnoliaBlossomJewel said 10 years ago

    I'm REALLY new at this, and found your article very helpful! You've given me some wonderful ideas. Bless you!

  • ZuliDesigns

    ZuliDesigns said 10 years ago

    Great idea!

  • MyArtShoppe

    MyArtShoppe said 10 years ago

    Cool, I need to improve my pics,thanx for the tips!

  • 313JADE

    313JADE said 10 years ago


  • TrewDesigns

    TrewDesigns said 10 years ago

    I'm another newby and having a hard time getting set up. This has really helped as I too am struggling with light and color. Thank you!!!

  • cripplecreekglass

    cripplecreekglass said 9 years ago

    Thank you for the great tips, I am a total newbie and having trouble with this. Thanks Again!

  • kylieB

    kylieB said 9 years ago

    Oh wow Nice!

  • scbeachbling

    scbeachbling said 9 years ago

    Photography is not my strong suit! I use so many crystals, lighting is tough because my items reflect everything. Thanks for the tips!

  • Ness7979

    Ness7979 said 9 years ago

    What type of camera are you using? Another newbie here :)

  • debrisDEBRIS

    debrisDEBRIS said 9 years ago

    I've thought about photographing on actual people, as well. I appreciate the thought that one may not want something that has been in a strangers ears! So I found some pictures of nicely shaped ears and am going to try photographing my jewelry in the photo ears! Not sure how it'll work, but we'll see! Stop by debrisDebris in a few days...if it looks good I will post a new pair of earrings. Stop by anyway! I'd love to have some input as I am new to Etsy!

  • debrisDEBRIS

    debrisDEBRIS said 9 years ago

    @scbeachbling and @Ness7979, I'm using a Konica Minolta DiMage Z-3. I can't say it's the best camera to use. I have been more impressed with the Canon line. I'm still trying to figure it out. Good thing it's digital, because I delete more than keep! I was directed by Etsy help to a whole bunch of great tips at this website for taking jewelry pics and a specific section for photographing silver. There is a wealth of information on Etsy for just about everything, you just have to search for it. The most profoundly repeated tip is to learn to take Really Good Pictures. One source suggested studying photo's in mags and professional online sites for ways to photograph your own goods. Good luck to us all!

  • BeadBungalo

    BeadBungalo said 9 years ago

    Thanks for the great tip. I love Etsy and all the expert advise..

  • ColorMeCountry

    ColorMeCountry said 9 years ago

    Thanks for the help!

  • berdachebeads

    berdachebeads said 9 years ago

    thanks for the info it helps greatly

  • cozettebyclearcat

    cozettebyclearcat said 9 years ago

    This is a great tip~!!! Thank you~!!

  • stateofcraftfusion

    stateofcraftfusion said 9 years ago

    The pics were great. I love that you were able to do such a fab job yourself. Another great how to.

  • knightimecreations

    knightimecreations said 9 years ago

    As moonpics mentioned above, I think it's actually helpful and occasionally inspiring to see the earrings actually being worn by someone. My earrings haven't been selling, and I'm wondering if part of the reason is that they're not being worn. Since I use the French earwires (like the ones pictured above), it's relatively easy to trade earwires out on any given pair of earrings, so I had the thought of having one pair of earwires to be used for modeling, and a brand new unworn pair to be attached and shipped. I figure I can put a statement about this in the description. What do y'all think? Good idea?

  • countrybee

    countrybee said 9 years ago

    I am trying some of these helpfull hints as we speak.My pictures need soooooooooooooooooomuch help,I am wondering if it:s not the camera

  • joann100

    joann100 said 9 years ago

    This is a great tip to showing off earrings which I'll be adding to my store soon. Thanks so much for sharing.

  • AHoleyMoleyLyfe

    AHoleyMoleyLyfe said 8 years ago

    Thanks for the info I wanted to try a different back drop other than my planner! I'm new to all this and this advice has been so very helpful I am exicited to try this technique out.

  • SpaceCatCreations

    SpaceCatCreations said 8 years ago

    very helpful post.Thnaks Francesca

  • EmjoyCreations

    EmjoyCreations said 8 years ago

    As per some statements above, I'd rather see the earrings worn or how will I know how big/small they are... pretty easy to wipe off with alcohol.

  • btzds2001

    btzds2001 said 8 years ago

    The fabric ideal is good.I'll try it. Thanks, Bev

  • beadhappy8

    beadhappy8 said 8 years ago

    great tips:) very informative!

  • bjriddel

    william riddel from seasidepalms said 5 years ago

    ty 4 the tip

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