When Only the Best Will Do for Your Jewelry

Photographs Created for Colonial Jewelers Ad in Frederick Lifestyles Magazine

Jewelry is a chosen area of specialization for Jeff Behm Photography.

I selected jewelry specifically because it is one of the most challenging subjects to photograph well.  With very small objects like jewelry, we use close focusing macro lenses, specialized lighting setups, mirrors and other tools.  The problem is, macro lenses working at close distances on tiny objects have an extremely shallow depth of field.

Images created for Winter Fine Jewelry and Dominion Jewelers

Keeping it all in focus is part of the challenge

It’s not uncommon to have only about 1/16 to 1/8 of an inch in focus at these magnifications.  Problem is, if we’re photographing a ring, it can be anywhere from 3/4 of an inch to an inch and a half in depth.  If we’re photographing a necklace or bracelet, that becomes anywhere from 3 inches to 6 or 8.  How to keep that all in focus is just part of the challenge.

To add to that, the type of gem, how it’s cut and the many facets impact how gems photograph.  For instance, it’s not uncommon for diamonds that are perfectly photographed to appear somewhat blurry at these magnifications, even though they are properly focused.

Depending upon the white balance and quality of light used in making the photograph, it’s possible for yellow gold to appear as if it were rose gold, or vice versa; neither of which are desirable.  Or, for silver jewelry to look too white; clear white diamonds can take on a yellow cast, which can be due to problems with white balance, or possibly as a result of picking up a color cast from a gold band. Resolving these issues is part of our job.

The bottom line is just this:  If you’re in the business of making and/or selling jewelry, give Jeff Behm Photography a call.  When “Only the Best Will Do” remember, we take your art seriously.

Jeff Behm Photography, located in Frederick, Maryland, and serving Virginia, Washington DC, Baltimore.  Call 724-730-8513 or email jeff@jeffbehm.com

All Photographs © Jeff Behm Photography.

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See the Light

Mother reading to young daughter
Tablets, the new reading light.

My job as photographer is to see the light

Without making references to an old song in that title, my job as photographer is to see the light, whether that’s sunlight, moonlight or artificial light.  A long time ago, I learned I prefer to make the light I need in order to create the images I see in my mind.  Most of my photography is of the commercial and advertising persuasion, which suits my preference perfectly.   The mother and daughter above are lighted by the tablet from which mom is reading. This image was created for a book cover.

Abicor-Binzel robotic welder in action close up
Robotic Welder for Abicor-Binzel

The robotic welder, above, was created for Abicor-Binzel USA. It required a combination of multiple flash exposures from 6 different strobe heads to freeze the fast moving arm, plus two long time exposures; one to capture the welding itself, and another for the blurred movement of the robotic arm. Another example of our seeing the light needed to tell your clients about your products and services, and then creating the light necessary.

For your company’s new photographs, let Jeff Behm Photography assist you.  We specialize in visual communications tailored specifically for you. Jeff Behm Photography, serving the greater Frederick, Washington DC and Baltimore area and anywhere clients request.

Call 724-730-8513 or email jeff@jeffbehm.com

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Food Photography. The Other Photographic Discipline

Photography of jewelry has been receiving a lot of my attention lately, what with projects going back to last November and up until now.  That’s all well and good, but I don’t want to blog about jewelry photography so much that I forget about food photography, the other demanding art I love.

So, in case you’re a carnivore….

Pulled Pork – Black Hog BBQ

Jeff Behm Photography. Located in Frederick, MD. Convenient to Washington DC and Baltimore. Over 3 decades experience. Always willing to travel to wherever clients need us.

Call 724-730-8513 or email jeff@jeffbehm.com

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Health First, then Business

Gold pendants and chains on a gray to black background
Create a LOOK for your return

Create top notch marketing and branding imagery NOW

Hopefully it’s clear by now that we’re all in this mess together. After your health and that of your family, next most important right now is to be ready to roll at full speed the second business restarts.

To be fully prepared, take this time to create top notch marketing and branding NOW and have it ready to launch. It has to stand out from your competition and focus on YOU as the category leader. Like you, Jeff Behm Photography is the regional leader in product, food, and branding photography and is ready to partner with you in this critical post-crisis campaign.

Let us help with critical savings tailored for you.

Call today at 724-730-8513 or email : jeff@jeffbehm.com.

Until then, let’s discuss ways that we can use contactless delivery and face-to-face online meetings to work together safely now, so you can dominate your niche as soon as the green light is given.

Once again, call 724-730-8513 or email : jeff@jeffbehm.com.

Jeff Behm Photography, serving businesses large and small since 1984.

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Product Photography and Silver Linings

Ruby and Diamond ring.  Take advantage of the enforced downtime.
Ruby and Diamonds. Act now, for your best photography later.

If you’re looking for a silver lining to the current situation, it could be this:   Create an opportunity out of forced downtime!  Health concerns have already created an interruption to your daily operations, so take advantage by arranging for your products to be professionally photographed with the least additional hassle.   You’ll want high quality photographs for marketing purposes when the emergency passes and you need to get rolling again! Make an impact when you do! Photographs are still the best way to help your prospective clients know what to expect when doing business with you.  

We assume it’s tough for most, right now. It’s tough for us too. But put this time to good use and be ready to rock!

Call 724-730-8513 or email jeff@jeffbehm.com.

We’ll discuss your needs, schedule a time and provide an accurate written estimate, pending any changes you might make later. We’ll create savings tailored to your project.

Include examples, sketches or drawings if you wish; it helps clarify communication.

Use FEDEX, UPS or USPS to bring your small product (smaller than a breadbox) to our door.

We’ll ship your package back to you upon completion.

Terms are 50% of the estimate to schedule with the balance due upon completion, plus shipping.  We’ll then provide you with your own gallery for direct download.

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