Getting the hang of it

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Getting the hang of it

New postby Dch48 » Wed Feb 15, 2012 4:23 am

I'm slowly figuring out how to get good pictures. it definitely is all in the light as was said, especially if you have very shaky hands like me. Without a flash, it seems very difficult to get a good clear shot. My effort today was of my Hampden sz6 Hunter case watch that finally arrived. It;' in even better shape than advertised and runs great. This was my best attempt at a photo under a 75 watt fluorescent lamp and with autoflash. The non flash ones are blurred. I need a tripod or something. My camera is a Canon A70 which is 3.2 mp and has a power zoom of 4X and a macro feature, both of which I used. All the other settings were on auto.
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Re: Getting the hang of it

New postby Dch48 » Wed Feb 15, 2012 4:51 am

Too many edits. I'll have to put the pics here.

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Re: Getting the hang of it

New postby veritas » Wed Feb 15, 2012 6:59 am

I dont use a flash when i take watch pictures and then after i use Picassa to edit my pictures.The sunlight, natural light is the best.
It takes some practice to get good pictures.
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Re: Getting the hang of it

New postby veritas » Wed Feb 15, 2012 7:21 am

Here is a picture of my Elgin BW Raymond pocket watch.

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Re: Getting the hang of it

New postby Glyn Meredith » Wed Feb 15, 2012 10:29 am

Thanks for posting, Don. Discussion of this subject is always useful.

Heed Kevin's advice ...

My advice is: don't ever use flash unless you can find a good way to diffuse the light; use natural sunlight or daylight-hue eco-bulbs with use some kind of light reflection and diffusion; use a macro lens or the macro function that is already on your camera; take hundreds of pics and ditch those that don't work; keep at it until you find the right light levels, angles, and focus distances.

It's not easy but with digital imaging it's not difficult either. It's like anything else in life that needs some skill level - find the right way to do it and then practice.

Some (most) photos on eBay are really below the standard needed to show off a watch decently. Here you can get some good advice, so pile in folks. The more the merrier.
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Re: Getting the hang of it

New postby John Moane » Wed Feb 15, 2012 12:56 pm

I use a digital camera with with built in micro and natural sunlight with a white tent to take photos. The important thing for me is the backdrop I use. Usually something simple. Here are some examples.

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Re: Getting the hang of it

New postby Stephan » Thu Feb 16, 2012 4:54 am

I am yet to figure out exactly how it works but changing the background can also have a big effect on a picture.
Worth trying if you can't get things to co operate.
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Re: Getting the hang of it

New postby Dch48 » Sun Feb 19, 2012 9:00 pm

I think I'm getting better at it, Here are my latest efforts.

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Re: Getting the hang of it

New postby Dch48 » Sun Feb 19, 2012 9:35 pm

A couple more.

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Re: Getting the hang of it

New postby richiec » Sun Feb 19, 2012 10:56 pm

Don, great job. Wish I could do as well, haven't built a dedicated picture area, usually do it in an on demand basis.
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Re: Getting the hang of it

New postby Glyn Meredith » Mon Feb 20, 2012 1:27 am

Don, you are getting there. You can get as close as 5cm (about 2 inches) with the A70 macro function.
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