On this video, pro photographer Tony Roslund demonstrates how he shoots a bracelet for a catalog and gives some interesting tips for product photography and how to fashion some your own props to assist in this task.
Roslund doesn’t use light tents, instead he prefers to build his our own set based on the specific characteristics of the pieces he is shooting. When You are shooting for a catalog there are many cases where you are shooting very similar items so building one set is a good idea.
Roslund typically uses focus stacking when shooting close ups (he is using a software called Helicon Focus although there are other options out there including Photoshop itself).
We have looked at product photography in the past many times including working with an inexpensive lighting setup for shooting a wedding ring and and look at shooting a Rolex Timepiece.