Jewelry Photography Lighting Techniques for Stunning Results

Jewelry Photography Lighting
The light is well-balanced on two rings

Are you seeking proper lighting techniques for your next jewelry photography shoot?

Awesome, I’ll explore today, the various types of lighting available and provide tips for achieving the best results in jewelry product photography.

From natural light to studio setups, understanding how to use different lighting techniques can elevate your jewelry photography to the next level.

Without further ado, let’s dive in!

Types of Lighting for Jewelry Photography

When it comes to lighting for jewelry photography, my first choice is natural light.

However, it varies depending on the type of jewelry product.

So, let’s take a look at both options available for jewelry photography lighting.

Choosing the Right Option for Jewelry Photography

Natural Light

A jewelry photo was taken using natural light
A photograph of a ring taken using natural light

Using natural light, whether it’s from a window or outdoors, can create a beautiful jewelry photograph.

Because it provides a soft light that highlights the intricate details of the jewelry pieces.

It’s perfect for budget product photography.

Studio Lighting

Close-Up photo of gold-colored Latched-back Earrings in a studio
A photograph of two earings taken using studio light

Studio lighting is another option.

This allows for more control over lighting.

So, desired lighting effects can be easily achieved by using the right lighting tools.

Besides, studio lighting gives a variety of setups such as soft boxes and umbrellas.

LED Lights in Jewelry Photography: Pros and Cons

LED lights are also becoming increasingly popular in jewelry photography.

They offer a brighter, more consistent light source and are energy efficient.

Consistent and efficient light sourceMay be expensive to purchase and set up
Provides good color rendering and accurate color representationCan generate heat which can cause issues with certain types of jewelry
It can be adjusted to achieve different lighting effectsDepending on the intensity and the distance from the subject, shadows can be harsh and require additional lighting or retouching to soften them.
LED lights have a long lifespan and low power consumption, which makes them a cost-effective option in the long runNot all LED lights are dimmable, which can make it hard to control the intensity of light or to achieve certain lighting effects
Pros and Cons of using LED lighting for jewelry photography

I think you have already read Can I use LED lights for product photography article, if not, go through it for detailed knowledge about LED lights for product photography.

However, regardless of the type of lighting you choose, it’s important to understand how to use it effectively to achieve stunning results in your jewelry photography.

Don’t worry, I’d like to share with you the most desirable advanced lighting techniques that can be used in jewelry photography.

Achieving High-Quality Jewelry Photographs with Advanced Lighting Techniques

Let’s go through the most important techniques.

1.      Soft Lighting vs Harsh Lighting: Which is Best for Jewelry Photography?

If you want your jewelry photographs to be more natural, then soft light would be a good choice. But, if you prefer more dramatic jewelry photos, then I strongly recommend harsh lighting.

2.      The Power of Backlighting in Jewelry Photography

Backlighting Silver Rings on White Stone and making a halo an effect
Backlighting a silver ring on white stone and making a halo-like effect

Backlighting is also a popular technique.

It can be used to create a halo-like effect around the jewelry, highlighting its details and making it stand out.

Besides these two techniques, the following techniques give me inspiring results in my jewelry photography.

Jewelry photography steup
Experiment with different settings for jewelry product photography
  1. Pay attention to the position of the light source and the angle at which it is hitting the jewelry
  2. Experiment with different lighting setups to find the perfect one that will help to create stunning jewelry images
  3. Consider the type of jewelry that is photographed
  4. Find out how the jewelry product looks in different lighting settings
    For example, a diamond ring will sparkle differently in soft lighting than it will in harsh lighting.

However, if you wanna get better results from lighting effects on jewelry, remember to use your cameras and other equipment more accurately and effectively.

The Role of Camera Settings and Equipment in Jewelry Photography

The role of camera settings and equipment in jewelry photography cannot be overstated.

So, let’s go through the most important settings of the camera and the necessary equipment.

1.      The Basics of Camera Settings for Jewelry Photography

Choosing the right aperture, ISO, and lens can make all the difference in achieving high-quality images.

However, the camera settings used for shooting photos vary from camera to camera.

So, here are some basic adjustments you can make to optimize your camera settings.


A wide aperture (low f-stop number) will create a shallow depth of field, making the jewelry stand out against a blurred background.


A higher ISO will allow you to use a faster shutter speed.

This is important when photographing moving jewelry such as earrings or bracelets.

2.      Camera Settings Based on Lighting

It is also important to note that the type of lighting you are using will also affect your camera settings.

Camera Settings for natural light

when using natural light, it is better to use a higher ISO to compensate for the lack of light.

Camera Settings for Studio lighting

Here,  you may need to adjust the aperture and shutter speed to achieve the desired lighting effects.

3.      Equipment Essentials for Jewelry Photography


It’s important to consider the resolution and image quality, as well as the camera’s ability to shoot in manual mode and capture fine details.

Besides, a high-resolution camera with a large sensor size will be able to capture more details and produce higher-quality images.

With the right techniques, even your smartphone can deliver stunning jewelry shots.

Check out our How to Take Photos of Jewelry with Your Phone article for all the pro tips and tricks to elevate your next jewelry photography shoot!


The right lens will depend on the type of jewelry you are photographing.

For example, a macro lens is ideal for close-up shots of small details, while a wide-angle lens can be used to capture the overall design of a piece of jewelry.

A wide aperture, such as f/2.8 or wider, allows for a shallow field depth, which can help isolate the jewelry piece from the background.

So, take your time to understand the settings on your camera and how they can be adjusted to achieve the best results in jewelry photography.

Best Tips for Improving Jewelry Photography

Wanna take more stunning jewelry photos?

Here are my tried and true tips for capturing the perfect shot every time.

  1. Use a lightbox for diffused and even illumination
  2. Edit images using software to correct lighting and color issues, crop, and resize
  3. Style the jewelry with props and accessories to complement the jewelry
  4. Pay attention to the background, a plain background will help the jewelry stand out
  5. Use a macro lens for close-up shots of small details
  6. Familiar with the settings on the camera and how they can be adjusted to achieve the best results

Follow these tips to improve your jewelry photography and achieve stunning results that will help you stand out in the industry.

Jewelry Photography Lighting through Real-World Examples

One of the best ways to learn about jewelry photography lighting is through real-world examples.

Tiffany & co.

chain product photo of Tiffany & Co
A chain photograph

Chain product photography using the best possible harsh light


Necklace product by Cartier
A necklace photograph

The necklace photo highlights the craftsmanship and beauty of the piece in a more creative way


Watch the photograph by Rolex
A photograph of a men’s watch

A photograph of a watch with good use of light with a halo effect on the jewelry

These images of top jewelry companies will help you understand how to apply the concepts and techniques discussed in this article for professional-looking jewelry photographs.

They will also give you inspiration and ideas for your jewelry photography shoot.


This article has covered the key elements of jewelry photography lighting, from types of lighting to techniques and equipment.

Remember to experiment with different lighting setups and angles, pay attention to the background and styling of the jewelry and follow the tips and tricks provided in this article, and study real-world examples through case studies for more stunning results.