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Old 02-27-2011, 7:10 PM
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Looks pretty good - you able to post a pic of your overall light box rig?

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I built a new light box tonight by taking a 16x16x12 box and after setting it on one side (open end pointed at me) and cutting "windows" in the two sides and top. I also cut off the bottom and top flap and kept the side flaps for lighting control. Anyway, a piece of long posterboard served as my backdrop and two desk lamps with "daylight" CFL bulbs were placed on either side of the box. End result:



Edit: Added an overhead light



Edit #2: Desaturated and went a little milder on the brightness and contrast adjustments

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Old 03-12-2011, 7:01 PM
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^^^ The third picture is the best, in my opinion, less blue tint to the image in the shadows.

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Old 03-27-2011, 9:56 PM
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O.K. here we go. My first attempts to take pictures with a photo box:

And before anyone asks, I put the Wilson thin grips on the Colt because I have small hands, and I could not find any Colt thin grips.

Finally, THANKS TUBINATOR for all the great advice and instructions!!!!!







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Old 03-27-2011, 10:11 PM
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A few more....




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Old 03-28-2011, 5:46 PM
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Can you share some info/history about this "Chow/Gray" Colt?
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Old 03-28-2011, 5:59 PM
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The Chow/Gray gun:

This gun is a 1936 build Colt 1911. About 1973 it was accurized by Bob Chow who, amoung other things, did the cool front strap - how he did it, I don't know. The name "Chow" is stamped on the frame, barrel and barrel bushing. I acquired the gun last year. It was extremely accurate, but the finish looked like Hell: it had been rode hard and put away wet. I sent it up to Bruce Gray for just a trigger job. Bruce asked if he could "do a few things to it". I got back what you see now. I wish I had taken "before" pictures of this gun, because the transformation is truly amazing. Burce also stamped "Gray" on the frame.

Here's Bruce's explanation on SigForum of what he did: http://sigforum.com/eve/forums/a/tpc...8980097832/p/1

Accordingly, this gun is somewhat unique, having been worked on by two of the best gunsmiths in the US.

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Old 04-23-2011, 10:07 PM
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^^^ Nice job on your first run of light box pictures! For the first few of the Bob Chow gun, I can see where your backdrop edges made it into the picture. Maybe get a larger backdrop so that the background looks more continuous?

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^^^ Nice job on your first run of light box pictures! For the first few of the Bob Chow gun, I can see where your backdrop edges made it into the picture. Maybe get a larger backdrop so that the background looks more continuous?

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Yep, I noticed that too, and I did get a bigger box.
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Not bad.
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Wow today I took pics of all my firearms and made a copy of all my firearms paperwork. That was a bigger project than I thought it was going to be but it all turned out pretty good.
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Another trick is to photograph on a sheet of glass and then you don't get a shadow.
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I've been meaning to buy/build a tent to take better photos of the parts I make and work on. After talking to a friend that shoots photos for a while he sent me a few links with photos of some home built tents so I took a box and paper from work, picked up a sheet from WalMart and used a clamp light I've had sitting in the garage. I have a total of $11 into this thing including the clamp light.

I'm taking the photos with my phone (Nexus S).

The box is around 24"x24"x20".


I first cut out the top and the front, leaving around 2"-3" around the edges.


Then cut the paper to fit.


Once the paper was cut I cut windows in the sides. Also leaving 2"-3" around the edges.


After I cut out the box I wrapped it with a white sheet. The front of the sheet can drop down to cover the front door.


Then cut a slit thru both the sheet and the box to attach the clamp light.

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Old 06-24-2011, 8:17 PM
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Testing it out.


Close up shot of one of our Compression Caps. I need to try it out with lights on the sides to show the thread detail more.


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Old 06-24-2011, 9:10 PM
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Hi Couch, excellent work - yes, lights on the side will really help. Nice ingenuity with the cardboard box, you've reduced the cost of the project even more!! Impressive. Looking forward to more of your sample photos!

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Old 06-24-2011, 10:05 PM
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Great thread. Thanks for the tip Couch. Now even an amateur like me can take decent photos!
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Old 06-24-2011, 11:20 PM
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Turby,

Here are a couple more. I just started milling this beauty this evening.



After a bit of editing on my phone. Adjusted exposure, saturation and deleted the parts of the tent that showed on the sides...


I am by no means a photographer so I don't know if I'm properly editing the photos, over exposing or making it look worse in any way. I'm not using Photoshop for these, I have it but taking the photo with my phone, quickly editing and posting it is very convenient. Product shots for my online store I can take a bit more time on but with all the quick shots I'd rather just get them done quick. Before taking some with additional light sources on the sides, how does that second shot look? Anything I should do different?
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These were some quick photos I snapped a while back. Tripod and light tent (without any lights, just the sun). No PP at all, just resized. The knife logo inlay is 100%. Not a huge fan of live view, but at 10x it does make for some accurate focus.



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Old 06-27-2011, 9:26 PM
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I am by no means a photographer so I don't know if I'm properly editing the photos, over exposing or making it look worse in any way. I'm not using Photoshop for these, I have it but taking the photo with my phone, quickly editing and posting it is very convenient. Product shots for my online store I can take a bit more time on but with all the quick shots I'd rather just get them done quick. Before taking some with additional light sources on the sides, how does that second shot look? Anything I should do different?
I'm no pro either, but I'd say it looks pretty good so far. The only thing I might add is a 2nd light source to eliminate some of the front shadowing you're getting, but everything else looks great!

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cool. i wish my girlfriend fit inside that little studio so i could take pics of her LOL. hmmmm i might just do that teehehe
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Old 06-29-2011, 9:23 PM
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cool. i wish my girlfriend fit inside that little studio so i could take pics of her LOL. hmmmm i might just do that teehehe
I made a much larger light box, you COULD fit someone posing inside it.. it's not assembled right now, but I guess I could try putting it together again!

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Nice photos. I use a KinoFlo Diva light, plus i have a 1K Arri w/ Chimera. Makes wonderful soft light
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Turby ................ how would you critique this photo? Usually take the majority of my photos in the shade under cover of my rear deck on a bright sunny day. I used the macro setting (no flash) on my Nikon COOLPIX S9100 and it seems to work fine for firearm and related photos. I would have ordinarily used my Nikon D700 w/ Nikkor AF-S Micro 60mm f/2.8 lens but it was taken during a burglary approx 10 mo. ago and will eventually be replaced.

Anyway, have fun boys and girls!

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Here's my shot

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Taken this morning in the living room with available light; a table lamp and the window just out of frame. No post-processing other than a resize.

I'm pretty pleased with the results. Handgun is a Colt Model M in .380, manufactured in 1923. Finish and grips are original. She's the crown jewel of my collection.
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Turby ................ how would you critique this photo? Usually take the majority of my photos in the shade under cover of my rear deck on a bright sunny day. I used the macro setting (no flash) on my Nikon COOLPIX S9100 and it seems to work fine for firearm and related photos. I would have ordinarily used my Nikon D700 w/ Nikkor AF-S Micro 60mm f/2.8 lens but it was taken during a burglary approx 10 mo. ago and will eventually be replaced.
Wow, sorry to hear about the burglary - that sucks big time!! Were any guns taken too?

As for the picture - I think it looks great! Goes to show that you don't have to use studio lighting to get great shots.

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Old 11-22-2011, 11:16 PM
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Here's my shot
Looks great and very creative - I like it!

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What can I say, Im more of a fan of natural lighting / wood and texture backdrops.











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Thanks Turbinator! This post has me reading my Canon T1i manual in detail. I think I can make my adjustments similar to replicate yours for the Nikon. The light box will be a fun weekend project with my little ones for help.

My Canon manual doesn't do a good job describing what the effect of say changing the shutter speed up or down does or the aperture for example. Do you have a cheap reference or book that I might purchase that would really benefit a novice?
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My Canon manual doesn't do a good job describing what the effect of say changing the shutter speed up or down does or the aperture for example. Do you have a cheap reference or book that I might purchase that would really benefit a novice?
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With the amount of photography material out there for FREE on the 'net, I wouldn't go buying ANYTHING without first turning to Google.

Start with some simple reading to understand how shutter speed and aperture work with cameras in general:

http://www.geofflawrence.com/shutter...apertures.html

http://www.photonhead.com/beginners/...ndaperture.php

http://www.cambridgeincolour.com/tut...a-exposure.htm

http://photo.net/learn/basic-photo-t...tterspeed-iso/

I wouldn't bother spending any money on books..

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I shot this on my cell phone. I have a light tent I made from a cardboard box and bed sheet. I also took a bunch of photos with a small point and shoot on a tripod but I haven't uploaded them to see how they turned out.

For a cell phone in the hands of an armature I think it turned out pretty good.



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Here is the same basic shot using my point and shoot. I would say it's a lot better.


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That's really big thread. Thanks a lot. Great informative.
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Here is the same basic shot using my point and shoot. I would say it's a lot better.
The 2nd shot of your SP101 is great. Nice job!

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A cooler makes an alright light box. I just used the SB600 and flashed off to the side.



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Turbinator's pics show what lighting can do to help produce a very good picture. Very nice job!
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It's taken me a while to get through this entire thread, but I'm so glad that I took the time. I'd like to say thank you to everyone who posted their tips and techniques.

This is great information not only for taking "for sale" pix, but I'm planning on taking a few keepsake photos based on y'all's tips.
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