Tent photograph

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Tent photograph

New postby dweiss17 » Sat Aug 01, 2009 2:04 am

Bought a tent with tripods, lights and other stuff about $76.00

Used none of the equipment as yet, except tent. Took this with 27 watt full spectrum bulb,
shining on the right side of the tent.

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Re: Tent photograph

New postby John Moane » Sat Aug 01, 2009 2:29 am

Dan, I always use natural sun light when I use my tent to take photos and they seen to come out nicely. Like these ones below. Try it sometime and see how it goes for you. Regards, John

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Re: Tent photograph

New postby dweiss17 » Mon Aug 03, 2009 12:13 am

Still using the tent as described above.

With reflectors on left side photo would be much better, but this shows the value of softening the
glare on metal objects.

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Re: Tent photograph

New postby John Moane » Wed Aug 05, 2009 10:33 am

Dan you could brighten up the photos with photo software like adobe photo shop and it will make all the difference. Regards, John
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Re: Tent photograph

New postby dweiss17 » Mon Aug 10, 2009 8:01 pm

Time for my Scotch and diet Ginger Ale with Ice...TODAY...its 95 degrees outside. Glad to be home, the thermostat
is set at 80 degrees and the upper floor is quite comfortable.

I just set up the tent with the 15 watt bulbs to take a test shot of the watch I took a few days ago. I'm not quite happy,
taking this on a narrow ledge in my small upstairs den, I have no room to set up reflectors or other stuff...I may want to
eliminate some dark spots on the cover photo. Will move all the stuff to my dining room table after I do some long-over
due putting of stuff away.

Looking at the photo the bottom edge is too dark, I lose a little detail on the left side, the right side lacks sharpness!

I know I can do much better. Some may think this photo great...Frankie and Johnnie II... look upon it with disdain, they know
their loving Mr. Mom can do much better. I did slant the cover scene by putting play dough under it, you may see a trace of it
on the left side of the bow.

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Re: Tent photograph

New postby dweiss17 » Mon Aug 10, 2009 9:55 pm

Still in cramped quarters and not using reflectors, can do much better after I move to dining room table top.

3 other colors cloths, including white, I have used none, as yet. Using my own tripod.

Quickly taken photo, without too much moving lights around.

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Re: Tent photograph

New postby dweiss17 » Thu Aug 13, 2009 5:55 pm

I have come to the conclusion no matter what camera, lights, reflectors or other aids in photography you use
trying to take pictures of your metalic watches...gold, silver, or other combination of metals...you will never take the
PERFECT picture of the timepiece. Just take a look at any camera picture worth its taking...showdows always prevail.

Taken just moving the lights around, no reflectors, no nothing.

Photoshop has its limits....even though it has improved many a picture.

The photo below was taken with no accessories excepting the tent ans moving the two 15-watt bulbs, around that came with
the tent setup. Frankly. it is a poor representation of a beautiful watch case.

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