Winter is upon us and this means heavy cold, and freezing temperatures outside. This should not us though from making photos. This is when a home studio comes in handy.

Now let me clarify but with “home Studio” I mean any room with four walls, a ceiling and a floor, a table and space around it. White walls help also. It’s more than enough when you have to photograph close-ups of jewels. And that was the task that started it all.

When I finished a jeweler photo session I thought why not blow of some steam by doing something creative. The equipment was already there so I had nothing to lose. The subject? A very interesting piece of wood that I used for the jewelry session. The wood was full of interesting lines, forms and “canals” so it was screaming “shoot me please!”. And so I did.



First I had to take care of the background so I used the black side of a reflector to create the black background, since I was going for a dramatic, cinematic look with no background distractions. Then all I had to do is use my flash and soft box ( gear list at the end of the post for anyone interested ) along with clever positioning of both the wood and the light in order to capture some tight shots and details.

To my surprise the results came out really interesting, considering the Spartan setup, subject and environment. But hey, give a chef the simplest materials and he can make you the greatest meal you ever had. Right? Below you can see the full gallery of a few selected shots ( I shot a total of 128 photos ).

Do you like them? Yes? No? Why? Also have you tried to create some interesting still life shots? If yes what kind of shots? Please let me know in the comments below and feel free to upload photos. I would love to see them. Anyways, it was a really creative and fun couple of hours for me, since I managed to blow off some steam that has been building up these days due to commercial work.

I highly suggest you do a few small personal side projects for yourself if you are a commercial photographer. It keep your sound and mind sane and the shrink away J


Gear I Used

  • Camera: Sony a6300
  • Lens: Sony 18-105mm F4 G Powerzoom
  • Flash: Nissin Flashes
  • Softbox etc: Godox 60×60 softbox, Bowens Light stand and swivel, plus wireless flash triggers.


  • Program: Manual
  • Fstops: 4 – 5.6
  • ISO: 100
  • Shutter Speed: 1/160th
  • Flash Power: 2/6 energy bars ( yes I am calling them “bars”. Get over it 🙂

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