Yes, I got the big guns out today.
I came to the sad realization that my trusty Panasonic Lumix just could not get in close enough to do the jewellery photography I want. It’s a great camera though, and I would highly recommend it to anyone who would like a point and shoot with more, and better, features. On top of that you don’t really have to be a camera buff to figure it out. So, over the Christmas break from school, I ordered a macro lens that is supposed to do the trick.
I decided to practice on an enameled pendant I just finished. The following shots are just test ones. I took lots of extremely bad ones. It’s been so long since I’ve used an SLR, and I’ve never used a digital SLR, that I can see that the learning curve is going to be much greater than I anticipated. You can see how close I can get, though! These were both taken outside in light shade (and yes, it was darn cold for my hands). I can also get in for real close-ups but unfortunately I had something completely wrong with the light, so I can’t show you those.
I’m impatient and I wish I had more time to practice – ’cause I’ve got other nice pieces I’d like to show! In the meantime, I think I’ll have to get both the manuals out (for the camera and the lens). It’s a funny thing that I am the person who actually reads and follows the directions from IKEA, but I’d rather not read the camera manual! It’s so painful; and honestly puts me to sleep.
If you have any brilliant photography suggestions, I’d like to hear them!