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    Tried a little photography

    Well, I tried a little "gun porn." I'm looking for any helpful information, I've seen some really good pictures on here, so I know somebody has something I didn't get to try any other arrangements or anything, had little ones heading over for my fiancee to babysit and had to get the toys put up somewhere safe.

    I used to do a very very little photography, but nature photos, not this cool stuff. I'm thinking I had to ISO set too high and it caused the photos to look grainy, I'll try again tomorrow probably...any ideas?



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    I do outdoor indirect light, no flash, and macro settings.
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    If not using one already, I suggest a tripod for a good start.
    Try wierd lighting and use your imagination.
    Trial and error....usually heavy on the "error" part!

    what camera are you using?
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    Quote Originally Posted by rmxer85 View Post
    If not using one already, I suggest a tripod for a good start.
    Try wierd lighting and use your imagination.
    Trial and error....usually heavy on the "error" part!

    what camera are you using?
    I have a Canon PowerShot A570 IS. The tri-pod, great idea, I didn't even think about that. That would also allow me to use a lower ISO and get rid of the graininess. It was on 800
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    I think youve got a great start! The photos are a little dark though a little extra fill light would go a long way, and it would help if you composed the picture in a way that clearly showed the primary object of the picture. For instance its kinda hard to tell if the picture was intended to focus on the gun, the knife, the mag, or the bullets. I would also try getting the entire background to be consistent (in the first pic the red cloth ends in the right of the frame). Maybe place the knife on top of the mag? These are just a couple of suggestions, I hope they are helpful. I am in no way a pro photographer, LOL. Again I think its a great start to taking these kinds of pics.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jbone View Post
    I would also try getting the entire background to be consistent (in the first pic the red cloth ends in the right of the frame).
    ditto on the background.

    background for shots like these set the tone.
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    Definitely get the ISO lower. On the A570, your max will be around 200 before you start experiencing grain. I'd try it down at ISO 100 and definitely use a tripod--to eliminate any camera shake, you can also use the timer function, which will allow the camera to stop moving before the shutter opens.

    Also, watch the borders of your frame. The second one is nice because you are zoomed in, but the first one shows a bit too much floor or counterspace.

    All that being said, kitchen top pictures are definitely doable, so you don't need to get too fancy. Keep at it.

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    Lookin' good IMO! Don't loose it, you may want to submit some of those practice photos for the February POTM (pic of the month) when it starts.

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    We seem to have quite a few budding photographers on this site. The POTM contest should get very interesting in the coming months!
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    thanks for all your suggestions...I've just noticed that a lot of you guys have taken some pretty cool photos of your toys, some of which I could see in a magazine!!! I'll get at some different things this weekend hopefully.

    Good point about the focus of the image on one object, and of course the background as well!!!! I know this can be submitted in the suggestions thread, but has anyone considered a thread dedicated to pictures, would definently keep me entertained!!!!
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    Suggestions

    I suggest the following:

    1. Tripod and timed shutter release to eliminate shake and allow slow shutter speed.
    2. No flash and only reflected, diffuse light.
    3. Plain background in blue or green.
    4. No extraneous items like ammo, knives, ball point pens, etc. - simple is better.
    5. High resolution camera - 8 megapixels or more.
    6. Image software afterwards to enhance sharpness, brightness, color saturation, contrast, etc.
    7. Pose the gun at a pleasing angle and fill up the frame with the gun.
    8. Study Lunde's photos for ideas.

    Here is one of my shots that turned out well:

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    You'll also find some photo shooting tips on Ken Lunde's website near the bottom of the page. :)

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    put two indoor lights, one on each side. forget the flash. see how that works.

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    High ISO is fine. If you were using any auto metering, you were exposing a little dark. Try focusing on the darker colors and while the meter tries to raise it to 18% gray, the blacks will be lighter, but maybe my monitor need calibrated again!

    I shoot with Nikon D3's and can shoot at 6400, but need proper exposures to handle noise.. Downsizing images will lessen the noticeable grain too..

    The main thing is clutter that I see. Focus and aperture go hand in hand. Wide open in low light has a very narrow focal plane... I personally like that though in the right situation.

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    This was a quick shot on a blanket on the floor with just lamp light for the everyday carry items thread - ISO 400 f/2.8 or 4 and shutter speed at 1/250... Please excuse the feathers sticking out! Didn't have time for the clone tool..



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    Quote Originally Posted by pogo2 View Post
    I suggest the following:

    Here is one of my shots that turned out well:

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