How to create a 360° diamond sparkle view with PackshotMacro DIS?
1. Loose Diamond kit supplies
Here are the supplies from your Loose Diamond Kit, available with the PackshotMacro DIS photo studio, that you are going to use for this tutorial:
1- 6 mirror matrixes (1 for back light panel, 2 for front doors, 2 for side doors, and 1 for front center
2- 2 black square matrixes (to cover the side doors matrixes)
3- 4 sparkle light panels
4- Metal turntable
5- 2 black turntable plates (with different diameter center holes)
6- Lens loop
7- Loop platform
2. Build your Loose Diamond Kit
- Insert the mirror matrixes on the back, front and side doors (photo 1)
- Insert the 4 sparkle light panels into the clear acrylic sockets located in the front of the studio (photo 2)
- Place the metal turntable platform in the center of the studio, making sure that the support locks it. Then, place the black turntable plate on top of the turntable platform (photo 3)
- Insert the small mirror matrix, with the Velcro side down, in the opening part in front of the studio (photo 4)
- Position the loop platform on top of the small mirror matrix and then place the lens loop on the top of this platform (photo 5)
- Place the hood in the same position as picture 6, so it overheads the diamond
3. Configure your studio
To create a 360° diamond sparkle view, a quick capturing mode needs to be applied. On the software, click on options > workflow and select apply QuickShot mode. Next, set your capture mode as 360.
4. Position your diamond
Before placing your diamond in the studio:
- Click on turntable controls and turn ON the air suction mode
- Clean your diamond using a fluff free microfiber cloth or a steam cleaner
- With the tweezer, place the diamond in the center of the turntable’s plate. Make sure the air suction is firmly keeping it in place
- When your diamond is well positioned, close your studios doors. Diamonds are sensitive to outside lights
5. Adjust your camera's angle
6. Center and focus your diamond
Use the software’s position marks to precisely center the camera to the diamond’s center. Click on the zoom tool to see it better. Make a 180° rotation to double-check. If the diamond is correctly centered, you will see some reflections. Re-adjust it if needed.
To focus: turn OFF the depth of field and then double click the zoom button to apply the 10x zoom. Now, manually adjust the focus in accordance with your diamond’s shape (use the picture bellow as a guide). When it is focused, turn the depth of field back ON.
7. Modify camera and light settings
Under camera settings, click on the picture style toggle and adjust the sharpness to 7 and the rest to 0. Then, select 13 as the camera’s aperture value, 1/20 for shutter speed and 200 for ISO.
After, under lighting settings, set the toplight between 1 to 10%, the front sparkles to 100% and the other light sources to 0.
Tips: You can move the lens loop around to increase the lighting and produce consistent and defined cuts and arrows.
8. Create your 360° sparkle view
Next step, go to the animations settings panel and choose the number of images to create the 360° sparkle view. As more images, the better and smoother the visual will be. In this tutorial, we selected 90 images. You can select high as the turntable speed to accelerate the process or leave as normal. Now you are all set, you can hit snap to start creating your diamond sparkle view.
9. Customize your animation