Nikon 28-105mm f/3.5-4.5D Autofocus Zoom Nikkor Lens
I get asked often "What is the best lens for me to use"? Well in this video I reveal the lens that I have been using for about a ten year span in doing small product photography, especially jewelry. This lens is the Nikon 28-105mm lens. It is sharp and capable enough to give you outstanding professional images. This lens can also be picked up for under $200 on ebay.
The Nikon 28-105mm lens also has macro capability in case you need to use it for close-up photography. In this video you'll also see samples of jewelry and small products taken with this lens. In addition, these images were also taken with an older Fuji Finepix S2. Anyone on a tight budget can get amazing and beautiful photographs using this lens along with an older Nikon or Fuji body for around $300 or possibly less.
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Do you know that great looking photos can dramatically make a difference in what the perceived value is of the item you are photographing? Yes, it’s true. Several years ago I started helping my wife build her eBay business while creating the photos of jewelry and small products that she was selling. Over and over again I saw her sell her items on eBay for many times more than what she paid for them. Her items sometimes would sell for 35 or 50 times more than what she paid. Sometimes even more than that.
What’s the difference between the items? Nothing, except the photos that she showed were beautiful. They were lit and composed beautifully, had interesting backgrounds and overall, had the look that you might see in the photographs displayed at high end jewelers and department stores. As the result, this gave them a much higher perceived value and her customers were willing to pay more for these items.
You are probably wondering, what’s the big deal? What makes these photos look so great? Can anyone learn to take photos like these? Yes, I absolutely believe anyone can? Here’s why:
I have been a professional photographer for many years. Our studio specialized in portrait & wedding photography and we were quite busy. When she asked me to help her take her photos of jewelry and small products she started selling, I started doing so in a simple, easy and quick way since I didn’t have too much time to spend on her photos, I was quite busy taking my own photos and running the studio.
What started as a simple and quick photo session of her items, has evolved through the years. I was able to fine tune the lighting, the set-up and overall way we photographed her items. Our method has remained simple, quick, easy to learn, and consistent. We step into our small studio room we have designated for taking these photos, turn on the lights, and begin the photography.
If you would like to learn how you can take photos of the small products or jewelry you are selling, consider enrolling in this course. Instead of photographing your items on a carpet or bed spread with bad lighting. Say NO to bad photos and start making more money. Whether you are selling your own products on your own website or small products on eBay, I truly believe this course can help you.
Here’s what’s covered:
1. Course Introduction
2. iPod / iPhone / Smart Phone
3. Point & Shoot Camera
4. DSLR & Lens of choice
5. Window Light
6. Fluorescent Lighting
7. Studio Flash in Soft Box & Kicker Lights
8. Electronic Flash & Umbrella
9. LED Lighting
10. Lighting Accessories
11. The Magic of Backgrounds
12. Table & Background
13. Props for Jewelry
14. Tripod, Brackets & Accessories
15. Focusing Secrets - Let Me Make It Perfectly Clear
16. Photographing Pearls Using Softbox Lighting
17. Photographing Pearls Using Fluorescent Umbrella Lighting
18. Photographing Pearls Using Window light
19. Photographing Pearls Using LED Lighting
20. Photographing Pearls Using Electronic Flash Umbrella Lighting
21. Pearls Photoshoot In Review
22. Starfish Bracelet Photoshoot
23. Earrings Photoshoot
24. Keychain & Charms Photoshoot
25. Hummel Figurines Photoshoot
26. Pins & Brooches Photoshoot
27. Adding Composition To Your Photoshoots
28. Creating Background Blur
29. Creating Rustic Brushes & Star Effects
30. Creating Moon Brush Effects
31. Creating Heart Brush Effects
32. In Conclusion
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