Do I need a macro lens to shoot jewelry?

Started Jan 11, 2010 | Discussions thread
OP Jeffrey Douglas Regular Member • Posts: 346
Re: Do I need a macro lens to shoot jewelry?

Tried the 17-50 and I think it will do the trick. You have some very nice stuff on your site. What was your lighting setup if you don't mind sharing.

Thanks to all for your feedback.


You don't need a macro lens for the type of jewelry pieces you describe...unless you need to also take some very closeup shots of specific parts, etc.

Which I assume - you probably won't.

I just did a small project (30 x different items) for a local artist who makes the same kind of jewelry that you have described here. The pics were mainly for her website, and some to be used as prints in her new book.

She also didn't want high-end, just decent enuff to show off the pieces...and I only charged her $30 per finished photo. (Each shot took approx 1 hour to set up correctly, shoot, and then process).

Anyhow, I used the 17-55 2.8 for this (so your Tamron 17-50) should also suffice.

Here are a few of those shots for your referrence.

Hope this helps,


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