Better Pictures

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Better Pictures

New postby dweiss17 » Sat Nov 22, 2008 10:05 pm

For the past three years I have spent untold hours trying to get our NAWCC members take better photographs of their watches and clocks.

Especially when they are to take place in the monthly calendars I produce, that are on sale at the NAWCC Museum Gift Shop, and online and through me.

We do have a few members who seem to be pretty good at taking these pictures.

Before we even start...let me say, "The pictures of your monitor when printed out bear little resemblance to the colors of each."

I have seen many beautiful pictures that were of no value....simply because parts of the cases in which many clocks and watches are housed
are cut off from the finished pictures. That's like a pretty girl go going out on the town without a touch of makeup or her hair being done. or
tatooes showing on her arms in a sleeveless dress.

My point...a photography class would be of value...so would an Adobe clas on toughing up our pictures.

I attach one picture that may seem light on your monitor...print it out on your printer in matte or smooth paper and you'll see a world of difference.

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Re: Better Pictures

New postby Tom Diss » Fri May 15, 2009 1:26 am

Lighting is the key. Some of my latest shots...

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Re: Better Pictures

New postby Lagodave » Fri May 15, 2009 2:40 am

Tom,
great pictures,how do you diffuse the light source so you don't
get reflections :?:
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Re: Better Pictures

New postby Glyn Meredith » Fri May 15, 2009 2:46 am

Lagodave wrote:Tom,
great pictures,how do you diffuse the light source so you don't
get reflections :?:


That's the BIG question ... :!:

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Re: Better Pictures

New postby Tom Diss » Fri May 15, 2009 1:09 pm

Until recently, I could not get a shot without overexposure in spots on bezels even though I use a light tent. Didn't matter which bulbs I used - 40W incandescents or 35W 5000K CFL's. Didn't matter if I added additional diffusion to the tent. Frustrated, I decided to try reflecting my light off photo umbrellas towards the light tent, and the photos above are the results. I still need to get consistent, but I think the quality is better than before. I bought a kit from eBay for $60 that included 2 umbrellas, 2 telescoping stands to hold them, and 2 5000K CFL bulbs. I'll post a shot of the setup when I get a chance. Other guys here (like Larry Soucheck) can get better quality without all this, but I haven't been able to duplicate it.
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Re: Better Pictures

New postby Tom Diss » Fri May 15, 2009 11:05 pm

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Re: Better Pictures

New postby Gawatch » Sat May 16, 2009 12:13 am

Wow that is quite a set up you have. My problem is I don't have the room to set up all that. I actually am limited to space in my home and set up my light tent on my trash can when I need to take pictures. I guess I should have planned ahead more when I built my home and made my office bigger. But I get the job done and seem to have plenty of buyers. Someday I will be able to take good pictures like the pro's. Thanks for posting the info I might try to upgrade someday.
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Re: Better Pictures

New postby Lagodave » Sat May 16, 2009 3:08 pm

Tom,
I really like the way you're directing the light sources
away from the subject (your watch) and using the reflected
light from the umbrellas. I can certainly see why this cuts
down reflections.

I'm going to try this redirecting of the light source concept with
my own set up.

Thanks for sharing your ideas with us. :mrgreen:
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