New Camera Lenses, Learning Curves, and Gold and Diamond Jewelry

gold and diamond shield shaped earrings and pendant from Nikki Lorenz Designs

One thing you may not know about me is that I was an art major in college.  I discovered metalsmithing after a friend signed up for the beginning level class.  You see how that turned out.

After many, many years working for other people in retail jewelry stores, I decided to get back to what drew me in to begin with.  Creating jewelry I loved.  I was so excited to start the journey that I never thought of all the things I didn’t know.  Turns out there’s a lot I didn’t know.  But I learned and continue to do so.

I found lots of things I had to do that were nowhere close to being on my radar.  Like writing blog posts.  And photography.  I don’t have a ton of experience with photography so there (like so many other things in my business) has been a big learning curve.  

I quickly discovered that I absolutely love taking photos of my work laid out on a flat surface with props (they’re called, conveniently, flat-lays).  Definitely a zone of genius for me.  One thing that’s not a zone of genius?  Taking pictures of my jewelry on me.  I truly suck at this.  No matter what I did I couldn’t get the focus I wanted.  I had long conversations with the owner of the local camera shop.  Many long conversations.  The woman deserves a prize.  

So I finally decided that while I had been quick to get a special lens for taking those up-close pictures of my jewelry I needed to try a better lens for the other pictures.  So I bought a new lens.  Today.  And I played with it. Yay!!  

So I thought I would share one of the pics I took today.  I’m wearing my small Lyric Warrior earrings and matching pendant.

While this probably isn’t the last lens I’ll ever buy it’s definitely a step up for this newbie!

Talk to you soon!


P.S.  You can take a look at these pieces and all my other work in my online shop.  While you’re there make sure you sign up for my email list.  I promise not to annoy you, but I will share some of my favorite pieces and new work with you!