Select it and fill with white or add a new empty layer and fill the selection with white. Or add new white backgroung layer undet image converted to a normal layer invert the selection and mask off the original background.
I have tried using magic tool to select the background but the magic tool sleect the jewellery also.
As clear a case for the Shoot-it-again filter as I saw. There are at least two product photographers on this forum. We'd be happy to tell you a fairly simple way to photograph that jewellery.
This used the pen tool to select the biggest of them, but it has a large number of voids which should also show white behind. Plus it is grey and lacks sparkle. Do you still have the items?
Yes I still have the items. Andi in fact I have other items as well. I first take the snaps myself and then edit the photos to make the background as white. It would be of great help if you can suggest me ways to do so. Thanks
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The easiest way to photograph this sort of item is with a light tent. About $20 from eBay. You need to take the holes into account, so the jewellery should be suspended, and the easiest way to do that is to attach an elastic band across the inside held by clothes pegs. Ideally, arrange things so the jewellery is suspended on a single thickness of elastic band because that will make it easier to clone it out in Photoshop.
When I run lighting workshops, I ask people to imagine the items they are photographing are made of a perfectly reflecting mirror surface. So keep that concept in your head.
Generally speaking, we don’t light shiny or reflective objects directly unless we have a large light source. I use a 1.2 metre octobox, (although for your items I’d cheat and use a light tent). Rather we place a large white sheet (foam board is excellent) at such a position and angle, that the object would reflect that white sheet — if it were a mirror, and we light the foam board.
But we don’t want everything to be full white, because that would be dull and boring, so try and allow some aspects of our item to reflect black. This bracelet was bought to a lighting workshop by the guy whose company made them, so I needed to work out a way for people to photograph such items with minimal gear.
This was the set up
Unfortunately, you are not going to be able to use this arrangement, because you need to suspend the items in order to see through the holes. You also have the complication of your items being mostly flat, which means you can’t direct the camera directly at the jewellery because it would reflect the camera. I also have no idea what sort of camera/flash you have, so I have tried to think of what we Kiwis call a No. 8 Wire solution, and other folk might call a MacGyver solution.
You need back light to see through the holes, so tape a sheet of photocopy paper to an outside window — preferably with direct light on it. What you have now is a vertical light table, so you can attach your jewellery directly to it. Perhaps stretch an elastic band to the paper.
With small flat objects like yours, you don’t need a huge light source. You could even get away with a compact camera’s inbuilt flash Providing you add some sort of diffusion. That means photocopy paper away from and in front of the flash, but in such a way as not to be seen by the camera, which would ruin the shot with flare. Or you could use a table lamp covered with another sheet of photocopy paper, or thin white cloth like a handkerchief. You need to arrange the angles so that the jewellery will reflect the light source when seen through the camera.
Does that help? Ask if anything is not clear, but I am sure you get the idea. Incidentally, if anyone os interested in this sort of thing, then Fil Hunter’s book ‘Light Science & Magic’ is the definitive volume.
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Trevor gave some very good advice. The "Shoot it Again filter" will always be better than trying to fix things later in Photoshop.
His book recommendation is spot on. The latest version (version 4 - 2011) of Light, Science and Magic: An Introduction to Photographic Lighting, is a really good book. Nothing else I've read comes close to covering the subject like this book;
http://www.amazon.com/Light-Science-Magic-Introduction-Photographic/dp/0240812255/ref=sr_1 _3?ie=UTF8&qid=1391303862&sr=8-3&keywords=Light%2C+Science+and+Magic%3A+An+Introduction+to +Photographic+Lighting
Trevor, that was a good diagram to visually explain one of your lighting methods.