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Old 03-20-2013, 4:52 PM
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Some AMAZING shots here. From when this thread started to now is a huge difference.

Here are a few newer ones of mine. None of them are in any form of light box and don't even have light focused on them, all I did was bounce my SB-600 Nikon Flash off my D80 off the ceiling

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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.
I'm glad you find this thread useful! Indeed, it has taken a life of its own and continues to live on, which is great.

What topics should we cover next? I think it's time for a refresh on some of the tips and advice.

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Some AMAZING shots here. From when this thread started to now is a huge difference.

Here are a few newer ones of mine. None of them are in any form of light box and don't even have light focused on them, all I did was bounce my SB-600 Nikon Flash off my D80 off the ceiling
Very nice job - goes to show what you can do without much of a setup at all. I may try this out for myself to see what kind of results I can get - thanks for sharing your photos and expertise!

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I have never seen this trick before, looks like an awesome way to create a portable photo studio. Thanks for sharing


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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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Been lurking for sometime, then found this thread. Gave it a go and came out with this for a cheap light box pic. Still learning so go easy. Great info and even better forum.

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Hey there all. I am a professional photographer and I figure I share some of my guns .





I started like many of the people here did with the cardboard box and toilet paper about 5 years ago. I have my own studio now so it certainly makes taking photos a bit easier lol.

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Thanks for the great post! I've always wondered how people obtain studio quality pictures.
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Hey there all. I am a professional photographer and I figure I share some of my guns .


fantastic shot!!!

this thread is awesome. not just the gun pron, but also the OP tips. i'm just a beginner with a DSLR and have a ton to learn, but this thread has been a huge help.

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Old 06-25-2013, 10:46 PM
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here's a couple shots of my G21SF. first one is pretty straight forward, but the second one I played around in Lightroom to make it a little more interesting.





thought they both came out pretty good and have been using them as wallpapers. its awesome what you can do in post, but hope to be able to get to the point of just taking a great shot from the start.
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Corpus - your first image looks a little soft - camera shake?

I also see a lot of ISO noise here - what ISO you running?

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Corpus - your first image looks a little soft - camera shake?

I also see a lot of ISO noise here - what ISO you running?

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camera shake is definitely a possibility. i don't have alot of miles behind the lens, so probably need to work on that. as for the noise, do you mean the ghosted cirlces? dont know what ISO this was taken at. I still am not sure when settings change as you switch between modes, and when they keep settings from the previous mode. its frustrating because often I'll try to adjust something and the mode I'm on won't let me.
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Some AMAZING shots here. From when this thread started to now is a huge difference.

Here are a few newer ones of mine. None of them are in any form of light box and don't even have light focused on them, all I did was bounce my SB-600 Nikon Flash off my D80 off the ceiling

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Still trying to perfect my technique:




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camera shake is definitely a possibility. i don't have alot of miles behind the lens, so probably need to work on that. as for the noise, do you mean the ghosted cirlces? dont know what ISO this was taken at. I still am not sure when settings change as you switch between modes, and when they keep settings from the previous mode. its frustrating because often I'll try to adjust something and the mode I'm on won't let me.
Noise = looks grainy.. this is typical of high ISO images, depending on the sensor performance of your camera. Look at some of the recent samples posted - these images look very clean - no dots, no noise, just the subject matter for you to notice and appreciate.

What mode are you using on your camera? If you're running in an Auto mode, the camera typically won't let you adjust much of anything. For these static shots, my new recommendation is to drive your camera in Manual mode, that way you control the exposure yourself. Further, in my opinion, you should always know what your ISO is, what your shutter speed is, and what your f/stop is. These to me are critical settings.

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Looks good! turn your ISO down a little more and maintain lighting. you can tell even at this resolution it is kind of grainy. Lowered ISO and lengthened exposure will mitigate this. Love the rifle btw!
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thanks for the feedback Turbinator, its much appreciated. i took those shots the first day i brought home my new glock, and I hadn't come across this great thread yet. i'll def have to take some more shots once i get more of the controls down on my canon eos.

quick question though. i can see the noise/grain in my shots, but i dont see it Monk's shots above. i thought his came out pretty sharp. what am i missing?
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quick question though. i can see the noise/grain in my shots, but i dont see it Monk's shots above. i thought his came out pretty sharp. what am i missing?
Hmm, I'm not the one who commented on Monk's photos needing a lower ISO and more exposure time. I thought his images came out pretty well. Maybe i'ts just my monitor, but I think you're not missing anything.

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The thread is titled for handguns, but the info helped out to photograph my ar. I only used one light, iphone camera, and photo booth editing.
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I think I need a new camera.
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VarmintKiller do you have any failure to feed issues with that p232?
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VarmintKiller do you have any failure to feed issues with that p232?
To be honest I have only run about 2-3 mags through it myself. I don't remember any problems. I bought these three guns for my wife and she says the same. She has put "a few boxes" of ammo through it with no problems. Do you have one? Problems?
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To be honest I have only run about 2-3 mags through it myself. I don't remember any problems. I bought these three guns for my wife and she says the same. She has put "a few boxes" of ammo through it with no problems. Do you have one? Problems?
Yeah I have one, have about 500 rds through it, been getting at least 1 FTF every 2 mags, sometimes more. If it continues through the next 50 rds I will call sig.
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Yeah I have one, have about 500 rds through it, been getting at least 1 FTF every 2 mags, sometimes more. If it continues through the next 50 rds I will call sig.
Good luck. Let me know how it goes. I've had good experiences with Sig.
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I think I need a new camera.
I don't think you need a new camera, but let's verify your techniques. I do see evidence of a flash hotspotting your picture there, on the middle handgun. If you're going to use flash, as some of our members have demonstrated can be done effectively, can you bounce the flash or diffuse it?

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Sometimes a lightbox/macro mini studio is not needed. A flash gun and umbrella (like for portraits) can be used to good effect. I prefer the interplay between light and shadow from a darker background (plus I hate white background and high key stuff).




A bit of shadow here as the umbrella was not quite in the right position.



Creative use of a reflector or stuff like White97 can help balance out the extra shadows from a single light source.

Maybe a bit too 'artsy' in trying to use extremely shallow depth of field ...
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nice I have wanted to get a lil set up like that. Good to see its fairly easy!
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I'm digging this thread - while I haven't had time to read it all, or upload any of my pictures, I wanted to give you all a quick lesson exposure for those that are struggling with it.

On your DSLR camera there are three settings that affect exposure. They are shutter speed, aperture, and ISO.

Shutter speed affects how long your sensor is exposed to light, the lower the number the slower your shutter moves. Under normal conditions must DLSRs cannot use a flash with a shutter speed setting greater than 250. The reason for this is because the shutter would be partially closed during the flash, and would cause a dark band in your photo. There are some flashes and cameras that can get around this limitation by "strobing" the flash during the exposure, this advanced technique is for a longer post.

Aperture is the size of the light opening in the lens. Aperture affects two areas of your photograph, both the exposure as well as the focus area referred to as depth of field. The larger the aperture the smaller the number. Generally the largest you will see on lenses that a consumer will have is F/1.4. Most of your kit lenses will go down to F/3 or F/3.5, some will go down to F/2.8. This is often referred to how "fast" your glass is, because the larger the aperture, the faster the shutter speed can be for the same exposure level. This is why many sports photographers require lenses with very large apertures so that they can freeze the action with a fast shutter speed, and still expose the photo properly. If you are having issues with the focus area of your photograph, you may need to use a smaller aperture (larger F-stop number), in order to increase your depth of field (focus area), but remember that this is going to decrease your exposure so you will either have to adjust an external factor (light intensity), or one of the other two exposure settings (shutter speed or ISO).

The last setting that affects exposure is your ISO setting. This is a purely electronic setting that tells your sensor how sensitive to light you need it to be. The higher the number the more sensitive the light it will be, the more exposed your photo will be. This is basically the same thing as the speed rating on film, for those that remember buying actual film. There is however, a trade off. The higher the ISO setting is on your sensor, the more "noise" you will see in your photograph. Newer DLSR cameras are getting better and better at eliminating noise in the higher ISO settings, but there is still a trade off. If you are controlling your light completely for "studio" shots, you should be using an ISO setting no greater than 200, and ideally it should be 100. It will make your pictures a lot more crisp if you can keep your ISO setting down. That is why many photographers use it as a last resort to increasing their exposure.

I hope this short tutorial on exposure will help you guys take more excellent shots of your firearms. This thread is making me want to break out my light box and do some shooting (not the kind that requires ammo)!
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Also - many photo editing programs, even simple ones have options to adjust white balance after the shot. I see many shots here with "yellowish" whites. Use google, you can probably tell your photo editor what in the photo SHOULD be white, and it can adjust white balance based on that. They usually can get it spot on or pretty close with that function.
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What do you mean close ups? How close are you trying to get? If you mean Macro - you either have to have a lens capable of it, or use macro extension tubes, like these: http://www.amazon.com/Version-Gold-p...ds=macro+rings


As for me, I took some shots of my new sig this weekend. I should have cleaned it before I took the pics, because the camera brought out a bunch of fuzz and crap that I couldn't see without the flash, etc.





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Thanks Turbinator. This is not easy...



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New to this, comments and tips welcome.

Good start - personally, I think this photo could use a bit more exposure, looks a little dark to me. Could you kindly post your EXIF data and I (or someone else) can make some suggestions?

If I had to guess, I'd increase exposure time a little bit more. Maybe try bracketing 3 shots, each with increasing exposure time.

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As for me, I took some shots of my new sig this weekend. I should have cleaned it before I took the pics, because the camera brought out a bunch of fuzz and crap that I couldn't see without the flash, etc.
The 3 photos of your SIG are excellent - very well done!

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