How to Photograph Gold With Different Reflections with Foto-Stage

Step By Step Instructions

Photographing gold is easy with Foto-Stage, you do not need any special lighting equipment. Just Set up the stage, set your camera to auto with flash off (macro if needed) and take your shot.

Depending on the type of photo you are looking for, here is a comparison of a simple gold statue taken on 3 different floors, Gloss, Satin and Matt (all unprocessed)

Tip: When using the Black Photo-Stage, it is important to remove any dust with the static sweeper (included in kit), once the dust is in the photo, it's more work to remove it, so it's best to not have it to start with.

The 3 types of floor texture gives the photo different looks, the high gloss black floor reflects the captures a detailed reflection of the gold, the satin floor gives a hint of gold reflection while the matt is totally non reflective.

What happens if the gold in the photo does not have exactly the same tint as the actual object? Remember that gold is reflective, depending on the lighting in your room, the gold in the photo may have a slightly different tint from the actual gold object.

There are 2 simple ways to correct the tint as necessary:

1.) Use a large gold mailing envelope (jiffy bag) to bounce some gold light on the object while taking your shot or

2.) A far easier way is import the photo in to Picasa and use 'warmify' or 'saturate' to 'tune' the tint closer to the actual object. Here are the same shots again using Picasa to add a bit of shadow and a tiny bit of 'warmify' to the 2nd and 3rd shots

Gold looks good on both Black or White backgrounds, here is a white example of the same gold statue, the first one is taken in low lighting which prodeces an even back ground which is too dark.

The Photo had light added to it in Picasa, it makes the Statue Float by blending the back wall to the floor in to solid white.

You can vary the amount of light added according to how much reflective detail you need.