Jewellery photography course

Course Dates: 18/06/20 - 09/07/20
Time: 14:00 - 17:00
Location: PS - Photography Studio

Need to photograph jewellery for your website or leaflets? Discover how to get the most effective images with even the most simple digital camera. Learn how to shoot macro, photograph against backgrounds, use light and contrast, and prepare images for web and print, bringing a real touch of professionalism to your promotional materials.


What is the course about?

Modern digital cameras are capable of producing very high quality images. Even simple point-and-shoot cameras with a macro (close-up) setting can be used to create impressive images of jewellery if handled correctly. Working in small groups, you will use a range of impressive but easily grasped techniques to produce a striking set of images of your own jewellery.

Learn how to photograph your jewellery to produce high quality images for your website or promotional materials. Your will learn the basics of using a digital camera and lighting on this practical course. Please bring your own jewellery to photograph in each class.

What will we cover?

- The requirements of shooting macro photography (small objects)
- Photographing your jewellery against white, black, coloured and textured backgrounds
- Using light to enhance your photographs
- The effect of high and low contrast lighting
- Control of the colour of images
- Resizing images for web and print.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- create sharp, correctly exposed, colour-correct images of jewellery using a digital camera
- photograph your jewellery against white, black, coloured and textured backgrounds
- use a macro lens or macro facility to photograph small items
- control the contrast of your images
- prepare images for web and print (resizing and sharpening) using relatively simple software techniques.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

The course is for beginners; even if you have little camera knowledge you'll be able to pick up the requisite skills quickly and easily.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

This is a practical course, you will work in small groups with supervision and tutor demonstrations.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

Please bring your own jewellery to photograph in each class. We can provide digital SLRs, some macro lenses, tripods and lighting in the studio but if you have a camera with manual settings please bring this to the class. You may also wish to bring your own small backgrounds.

If you would like to buy art materials for your personal use outside of the course, City Lit students receive 10% discount off everything* from Cass Art, the UK's leading art supplies retailer. You will need to show your enrolment receipt in-store to receive your discount. Visit the Charing Cross shop at 13 Charing Cross Road WC2H 0EP or find your local shop at *Terms and conditions apply, visit

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

City Lit runs several studio lighting, still life and macro photography courses. Browse the website or prospectus to find out more.

Tutor Biographies
Matthew Ward Tutor Website

Matthew started teaching at the City Lit in 2005. He has worked in darkrooms, Av production, artwork reproduction, photography assisting, studio management and freelance commercial photography. He has shots cars for Chrysler, posters for the National Theatre and dolls for the Queen. To date he has been commissioned to illustrate over 150 books, shooting across the World. He has shot commercially on 10x8, 5x4, medium format, 35mm, DSLRs, digital backs, specialist panoramic cameras and the occasional shoe box (for pin-hole). Matthew has a degree in photography and a post graduate diploma in digital colour imaging.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.

Book your place

Course Code: VY952

Thu, day, 18 Jun - 09 Jul '20

Duration: 4 sessions (over 4 weeks)

Full fee: £129.00
Senior fee: £103.00
Concession: £79.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

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