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Old 09-28-2014, 9:48 AM
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This is a great thread!
While not a handgun here is a couple of shots I did with my Ruger 10/22.

Nikon D7000 on tripod
Nikon SB600 speedlight, gridded, camera left
NIkon SB24 speedlight, gridded, camera right (pointed at front of scope)

(I don't have my settings handy. Will get them up when I get home)



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One more. This one of my since-sold RIA Tactical. I miss that gun.
D7000
Tamron 28-75mm 2.8
50mm
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Alien Bee AB800, gridded


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My girlfriend is the photography one of us, and she's going to try this! Will post the results!
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One more. This one of my since-sold RIA Tactical. I miss that gun.
D7000
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ISO 200
Alien Bee AB800, gridded

The gridded lights are awesome! Love the directional lighting as it gives a great dynamic to both the rifle and the handgun. Nice shots!
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For building the PVC pipe light boxes, what dimensions would you guys recommend? Or would just one big one work for rifles and pistols?
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For building the PVC pipe light boxes, what dimensions would you guys recommend? Or would just one big one work for rifles and pistols?
It honestly depends on the size of the objects you want to shoot. With that in mind, larger the box, the more power your light would need to blow out the white in the background. PVC IMO is pretty extravagant for such a box, where I honestly made mine with a cardboard box and cut out holes for lighting. For a diffuser material I used toilet paper and packing tape. But then again, I haven't used that for years after getting properly diffused studio lights/speedlights
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Hm that sounds interesting! So you would just stick the lights in the holes in the box and put toilet paper over the hole?
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The gridded lights are awesome! Love the directional lighting as it gives a great dynamic to both the rifle and the handgun. Nice shots!
Thanks! I try.
Also wanted to control the spill to keep the background black. Even still I had to do a little burning in post.
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Hm that sounds interesting! So you would just stick the lights in the holes in the box and put toilet paper over the hole?
Well in my early days of photography, this is the type of ghetto soft box I made with pretty decent results. As you can see the cut outs I made are a bit larger with the speedlights shooting into the openings. The larger the holes allow for better diffusion of the light.




Got decent results when I first started doing product like photography.


Since then I have been diffusing lights with other modifiers like light boxes, scrims, snoots and reflectors.

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Awesome! Thanks for the idea!
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Very nice! Good advice and techniques.

I've been using a white plastic trashbucket, on it's side with fluorescent tubes taped on top (actually the side wall of the trashcan). I set my piece of crap little Canon SD400 on a cheap tripod and use the shutter timer function as to not shake the camera during the shot. I match my camera to fluorescent lights and start snapping.
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No tips on doing outdoor photography? No offense but the studio shots leave me cold.

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For building the PVC pipe light boxes, what dimensions would you guys recommend? Or would just one big one work for rifles and pistols?
Without any hard research to back this up, my impression is that a smaller light box will help get more light onto your pistols vs a larger light box where the light sources may be a bit farther away from the pistol.

My light box shown in the original posts measures approximately 26" across, 18" tall, and 16" deep. Not large enough to fit a standard rifle, but good enough for handguns and other small items.

If you want to be flexible, what I recommend is buying enough pipe to allow you to create swappable segments, so that your homemade light box can be expanded at will. I thought about that when I made my original one but haven't bothered yet to create the longer segments to expand to take pictures of long guns yet. However, I can envision that such an approach would work very well. You'll just have to make sure you get large enough white sheets to fit a larger dimensioned light box setup.

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First post. Not from California, but this thread has helped me a bit with my photography. Thought I'd post a few shots.






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I did a quick setup to shoot some pics of my new Model 41. Since I didn't want to set up a soft box or even a dedicated space to shoot in, I simply draped a micro-fiber towel over a Pelican case and propped the gun up with some CCI .22 ammo.

This was shot in my pitch black office with my camera on a tripod and "painting with light" using a small LED flashlight with a flash diffuser held over it by hand.

It took a few tries to get the light passes right with the flashlight, and to sort out the exposure (ISO 100, f2.8 @ 6 second exposure). The first few passes with the light, I got glare where I didn't want it (washed out the S&W logo on the slide, for instance). But I finally got the light to a happy place.

It's been years since I did product photography, and this was my first attempt at painting with light; so I am very pleased with the result. ...I think I could do better on setting up a background though.

Overall the three shots took about 30 minutes from opening the safe, to putting everything away.







I really should bust out the rest of my guns and take similar photos ...photography is a lot of fun.
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I like everything to be in focus, shallow depth of field, and in natural light

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Very impressive. You guys know your stuff.
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I have no fancy camera or special box. Outdoors is great if you take advantage
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Useful information here. Lots of trial and error with my Canon 5D.
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Why do people put an object (usually a marker) between trigger and trigger guard when taking photos of their firearms?
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Usually to support the gun so it is not laying flat.
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Yeah, I don't like the marker in the trigger guard myself either. I usually use a white eraser to prop the item up from behind - takes some finesse but if you work it right, it will balance and look decent.

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I wondered the same thing. To me, the gun looks better just laying flat without anything in the trigger guard. Does the photo look better if it's not laying flat? I know nothing about photography so I'm asking.
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Goofing around in the backyard with my new Uberti. lighting and focus isn't that great but didn't have much time to mess with it
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Very nice hardware you have there. Goes together well.
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Don't put it on a Christmas themed tablecloth...


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Don't put it on a Christmas themed tablecloth...

Not for pocket carry!
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Great thread! I started a couple of days ago reading about how to take photos. Before if I got a good shot, it was pure luck. I'm hoping to learn how to do it right the first time. Sharing here a couple of things I was doing wrong that I didn't see covered in the thread.

I never realized that lenses have a sweet spot. They do not have consistent sharpness throughout their aperture range. As a rule of thumb, most lenses will be the sharpest around 2.5 to 3 stops under. For example, I have a prime f 1.8 lens that I often shot wide open and wondered why the focus seemed soft. After reading about sweet spots I looked up a test review on my lens and found out that for tack sharp images it should be set at f 4.

I also relied on the AWB to set to color. I didn't think using custom white balance would make a difference, but it really does. Today I received my 18% gray color card from Amazon. Wow, it works great and so simple to use. Below shots were done in ambient lighting only in my living room. The first shot was taken with the WB set with the 18% card. The second was with AWB. The color is spot on with the custom WB. With AWB the color is slightly off and the richness reduced. The card set cost about $12 and can be found here:

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One challenge I have is that my camera does not have a flash shoe and only a built in pop up flash. As many have pointed out already, flash photos typically will not give you good results taking a photo of a gun. So what can you do if you need a flash and / or don't have a light box? What I experimented with and had some good results was to angle the pop up flash on my camera so that it bounces off a wall or ceiling. If you can't angle your flash, you can put a mirror or a glossy white business card in front of the flash at an angle to bounce the flash off something.

I'm hoping to get some good product photos done after having read all the tips in this thread and from a couple of other sources. Now I need to head off to Home Depot to get some parts to build a light box!

Photo using 18% gray card custom color balance:

DSC04246

Photo using AWB:

DSC04247

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Nice photos. I need to pick up some supplies and see what i can do. You guys are awesome!
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Awesome photos, guys!
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A lot of us have iphones...........do U have any tips for us??
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There are several iPhone camera apps that give you more control:

http://www.imore.com/best-manual-camera-apps-iphone

A light box / tent also will help get better shots.

I always wipe the lens of my iPhone before I shoot a photo. Often the lens will have fingerprints and /or dust which degrades the image quality.
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