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user5412
02-01-2009, 12:08 AM
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user5412
02-01-2009, 12:09 AM
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1911su16b870
02-01-2009, 12:16 AM
Some mad photo skills...

trinydex
02-01-2009, 12:17 AM
whadaheck? rly?

rojocorsa
02-01-2009, 12:19 AM
Nice CZ

user5412
02-01-2009, 12:23 AM
whadaheck? rly?

Yei. Rly.

RedDawn
02-01-2009, 12:24 AM
I don't think I have the space. I've got to do some spring cleaning.

user5412
02-01-2009, 12:26 AM
I don't think I have the space. I've got to do some spring cleaning.

If you have a table or a nice corner, those serve just a well. :cool:

brassburnz
02-01-2009, 1:05 AM
You Photoshop out the plastic stand?

kurac
02-01-2009, 1:39 AM
Can you explain how the off camera flashes sync with the camera?

user5412
02-01-2009, 1:44 AM
Can you explain how the off camera flashes sync with the camera?
With the optical flash trigger. I sell these for $15/ea. The camera has a flash on it set for 1/128th power, just enough to trigger the two flashes and provide just a hint of fill.
You Photoshop out the plastic stand?
No, since the stand is clear, when the background is lit, the clear stand becomes white.

ETD1010
02-01-2009, 1:47 AM
Can you explain how the off camera flashes sync with the camera?

peanut slaves, usually; or optical sensors built into the strobe (like monoblocks, or power packs, which are studio-type strobes). During the split second a flash goes off, the other sensors detect this and trigger their associated flashes. Since this all happens in less than 1/500 of a second, most shutter speeds will allow all flashes to fire before closing the curtain.


Just a bit of lighting advice: Try using one strobe (or both together) behind a curtain (softbox) above and behind the subject. use white reflector cards to bounce in fill.... it'll give the shot more contrast and not look flatly lit.

user5412
02-01-2009, 1:48 AM
Just adding some photos taken with the same setup. I use it for most of the stuff I sell. I'm also an eBay Powerseller, and I can tell you the #1 tool for selling online is good photos.

http://aftermatte.com/gallery/d/26603-2/IMG_7451.jpg
http://aftermatte.com/gallery/d/26636-2/IMG_7463.jpg
http://aftermatte.com/gallery/d/26508-2/IMG_7352.jpg
http://aftermatte.com/gallery/d/26476-2/IMG_7338.jpg
http://aftermatte.com/gallery/d/26446-2/IMG_7325_1.jpg

pacrimguru
02-01-2009, 1:55 AM
good job with your photos!

audihenry
02-01-2009, 2:16 AM
Photos look great, but I spot some oily residue and/or fingerprints on the firearms! :D

doughboy334
02-01-2009, 2:24 AM
rated this 5!

i was using google to find out how to make my own studio prior to stumbling across thread and this (http://www.strobist.blogspot.com/2006/07/how-to-diy-10-macro-photo-studio.html) produced an outcome to what I wanted to achieve except I would have trouble fitting my rifle in it lol.

user5412
02-01-2009, 2:26 AM
Ah yes, the infamous box studio. I used that when I was starting out. Then I figured out that a closet is bigger than a box. :laugh:

Walking Fire
02-01-2009, 8:21 AM
One of these days you will come out of the closet!!
:biggrinjester:

kurac
02-01-2009, 9:04 AM
I spent a lot of time and money on a light tent/box, it kind of works but I am not getting enough light, I think a couple off camera flashed would do the trick, now I have to RTFM for my camera to see if I can force a flash when there is already enough light.

jrau13
02-01-2009, 11:47 AM
good post!

spdrcr
02-01-2009, 12:29 PM
Very cool information. Thanks user5412.

H2H
02-01-2009, 12:39 PM
cool stuff...it seems the firearms are on the brighter side..kinda washed out with light, any way to correct that ? thanks.

Turbinator
02-01-2009, 12:48 PM
Mind if I merge this with a post I did back in 2006?

http://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/showthread.php?t=37727

Turby

Greg-Dawg
02-01-2009, 1:06 PM
http://aftermatte.com/gallery/d/26685-2/IMG_7509.jpg

I actually like this shot better than the photos of the guns. This is much more clearer.

user5412
02-01-2009, 1:52 PM
cool stuff...it seems the firearms are on the brighter side..kinda washed out with light, any way to correct that ? thanks.

I suspect some may have their monitors turned up too bright. I usually have mine set only a few bars from lowest brightness, as it is color calibrated.

Then again, I purposefully brighten up the image to show any imperfections in the gun, since I'm not a dealer selling new guns.

Rivers
02-01-2009, 2:03 PM
You can recover from a lot of that washed out look by simply adjusting the levels in Photoshop.

Capt. Speirs
02-01-2009, 3:01 PM
Nice technique, a little too over exposed for my taste.

devildog999
02-01-2009, 4:08 PM
Very nice photos