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amyjokerette

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I just read a tip about placing a sheet of white paper in front of the camera (cutting a small hole for the lense)... I took a few photos and wanted to share!! It really makes a difference!!

I think that in general you do not see a head shadow on rings unless you''re really leaning into it, so the white paper helps capture normal day-to-day sparkle.

Give it a try!

(WITHOUT WHITE PAPER... WITH WHITE PAPER)

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katiedid

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I''ll have to try that this weekend! How big a hole did you cut for the lens? Big enough for the entire lens to fit in?
 

beau13

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Date: 4/17/2009 8:11:33 AM
Author: katiedid
I''ll have to try that this weekend! How big a hole did you cut for the lens? Big enough for the entire lens to fit in?
That''s what I was wondering..a pinhole??
 

amyjokerette

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Big enough so none of the image had white paper around it... For my camera it was about the size of the nickel...

I think if there is too much black camera showing it would defeat the purpose, but a little black adds contrast. For people with H&A stones it might make the arrows more noticable....
 

beechezz

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Amy--Wow! What a difference the white paper makes! Just want you to know that I really enjoy looking at pictures, your Leo diamond is really gorgeous!
 

LaraOnline

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Wow that is a really cool tip, I had a lot of trouble getting photos of my ring, will have to try this, cheers!

L.
 

MonkeyPie

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This is pretty cool, I haven''t tried this since I got my macro lens. A pinhole basically forces your camera to focus into a smaller area, so it kind of works like macro but...not. Hard to explain lol.

The white paper basically just helps the diamond pick up the color. Because if you cut the size of a nickel into it, then your lens isn''t even seeing the paper - it''s all about color.
 

lliang_chi

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Wow! Cool trick!! I''ll have to try it. Did you just use a regular point & shoot camera??
 

SuzyQZ

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Do you have a point and shoot camera?
Do you cover the autofocus sensor on the face of the camera?

I''m going to try your technique!
Thanks for the photo tip!
 

musey

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So cool, can''t wait to try!! If anyone else has "before/after" pics, please share
 

Diamond*Dana

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Wow, what a difference...very cool!
Thanks!
 

EHR2009

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Here is another before and after. Not the greatests pics, but you can definitely see a difference!

Here is the before...

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amyjokerette

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EHR - it looks gorgeous!!!!!!
 

blackwave

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Just thought I''d throw my $0.02 in here since I have a little photography background.

What you''re seeing is light reflected into the diamond and brightening it, like what a standard white reflector would do for a portrait of a person. It doesn''t necessarily have to surround the lens like that, but it should be close to the lens so the light goes in straight and not at a big angle.

White foam core board (cut to 8x10" or so) would work brilliantly for this application. I''ve used them as makeshift reflectors for all sorts of things, and they''re stiff so the person taking the photo can easily hold it with one hand. It would work best with the reflector near your face while the light is coming towards you (late afternoon light works best, or early morning!)

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