Working with spotlights

Photography, even the most automated, still remains an art form. The more we photograph, the more expectations we have towards our final outcome. In the case of jewellery the most challenging part is to show the beauty of gem stones. If your aim is to reflect the sophistication of your gemstones and encourage clients to buy online for the highest price possible, it is worth knowing some tricks that Photocomposer offers.




ou can clearly see that the ring on the left side is poorly illuminated, there is no depth in the stone, the zirconis surrounding it are unevenly illuminated. Sharp light from the wrong direction has highlighted all defects of the ring such as scratches and inclusions. To solve the problem, It is enough to play with spotlights for a while to make a significant improvement and understand what kind of lighting is best.

The short footage shows how the reflections in the stone change when we move the spotlights.

An image of Photo Composer with movable spotlights.  

On the left a we can see a photo with all the light sources switched on and with both spotlights pointed at the main stone, on the right side there is only one spotlight directed at the object – and we can see it does not disturb the structure of the main stone (on the right)

An Example of a photo without the use of spotlights (left) and with two spotlights pointing symmetrically at the ruby stone and at the diamonds (right).potlights

pointing symmetrically at the ruby stone and at the diamonds (right).

An example of a photo with spotlights pointed too strongly at diamonds – facets are burnt out (pic. On the left) and the picture on the right shows lights with lowered power slightly emphasizing the shape of stones – all diamonds have visible polishing (see pic. on the right). 

The photo on the left is an example of a photograph where there is no glare in the stones, on the right side I worked with the lapms and tried to evenly illuminate the entire inlaid schield of the ring. 


Written and photographed by:

Dominika Apanasewicz