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Newbie on Calguns Forum here. I just found this how to on photographing your firearms.
I did this one a couple of days ago. It was my first attempt at this type of shot. I took several, this is one to the best. The shot was taken using Nikon D50 and it's built in flash.

That is probably the worst shooting target I have ever seen! Are you sure you are capable of owning a firearm?

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That is probably the worst shooting target I have ever seen! Are you sure you are capable of owning a firearm?

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Ahhh... Come on.... Depending on distance that could be decent
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Some images I've shot in available light of old sporting guns...














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Available light is beautiful light to work by although it can contain a heavy ratioed highlight to shadow balance. I find a white card or tin-foil does a very nice natural looking fill-in.

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Available light is beautiful light to work by although it can contain a heavy ratioed highlight to shadow balance. I find a white card or tin-foil does a very nice natural looking fill-in.
In this case I think it comes down to individual preference - I personally like the "available light" samples posted above.

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I keep going back to look at the photos posted above. Something about them keeps drawing me back for further examination. An almost perfect blend of light, shadows and depth of field.
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I know I'm not the best photographer, but I took this shot when I thought the light was just right for the mood.

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Very nice JTROKS... Id say move the lighter objects closer since there is more light back there and kinda washing out that beautiful revolver... but i fyou want the focus to be more on the Colt, you did just that.

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And A.Tinkerer... Your photos are great... proof that you don't need the whole gun in the frame to capture the beauty of a firearm.

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Very nice JTROKS... Id say move the lighter objects closer since there is more light back there and kinda washing out that beautiful revolver... but i fyou want the focus to be more on the Colt, you did just that.

Nice collection there

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Thank you for the compliment. I have a lot to learn in taking photographs and you've pointed out something I didn't think of. The original intent of the picture was for the black guns only, but then the Mustang and the King Cobra yelled they want to join in. Thanks for the tip, I'll try that when I find the right lighting to photograph all my 357s.
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wow, a thread that encompasses two of my favorite hobbies! my stuff is not up to the level of some of the pics in this thread but one way i have found to get good light on my pistols without a light box is to use mirrors and bounce the flash on the ceiling. fortunately by bathroom counter has mirrors on both sides so all I do is clear it off point my flash up and shoot away.



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I had know idea Cal Guns had such amazing information.....I will be making a homedepot run tomorrow morning for sure!!!
WOW Awesome pictures guys
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I had know idea Cal Guns had such amazing information.....I will be making a homedepot run tomorrow morning for sure!!!
WOW Awesome pictures guys
So, how's your progress?

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Couple of my favorites.
Direct flash will usually yield poor images.
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WHAT KIND OF BULLETS? I LIKE. what is the pointy stem inside of the JHP?
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Great pictures... Cool studio...
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WHAT KIND OF BULLETS? I LIKE. what is the pointy stem inside of the JHP?
Look like Federal Hydra-shoks.
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Look like Federal Hydra-shoks.
Yeah, I told my mom to pick me up some and the sales person tricked her into geting a pack of 50 non hydra shock even tho they had tons in stock....
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Cool thread. And how's this for a pic? Shot it with a Canon SD750. I was thinking about getting a Nikon D-something. Nothing fancy, but something decent to start with. Besides, it's the lens that most important, no?

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Cool thread. And how's this for a pic? Shot it with a Canon SD750. I was thinking about getting a Nikon D-something. Nothing fancy, but something decent to start with. Besides, it's the lens that most important, no?
First, nice gun! Second, the pic is ok, but if you are looking to duplicate some of the results here, I would suggest you study the sharpness and focus of your photo. Notice how the image softens as you look towards the rear of the slide and the hammer? I suspect your camera is auto picking the f-stop for you. If you can manually adjust it, try using f/11 or smaller (smaller = f/22, for example). This will increase the depth of focus so that you can get the entire gun in focus for the picture.

However, if it was your intent to have just the middle of the gun in focus and not all of it, then I'd say this is a good start.

A good dSLR will help you with flexibility, as most point and shoots aren't that great on user control. Get a good body, but as you say, put your money into a couple of good lenses that you'll keep for a lifetime.

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Thanks for the feedback, Turby. And, yep, I can see where the picture isn't crisp/clear throughout its entirety. My brother has a Canon Rebel, so maybe I'll play around with that and see what happens.
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So I have read this thread multiple times trying to understand all the important information.

Gathered all the equipment (lights, box, software, etc. Still waiting on the really nice camera)

And here is some of the first pics:





Still dealing with the shadows and the tints, but this is almost as fun as building rifles........ Almost

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Great Info !!!!

I ve been learning along the way and adding things like mirrors and water droplets to my pictures as I go. I love to shoot my camera more then my guns ( heck its cheaper !! ).

Here is a few of my latest pictures.










Its almost more fun taking pictures then it is refinishing the guns. One thing I can say is to take notes. I know most of my settings now for certain areas and usually deviate very little from them. But until you can start to remember a certain setup that works, keep a little notepad with you and mark down your comments on what settings you had.

Great tutorial, I wish I would have found something like this awhile ago before learning the hard way ( and getting help from a few people ).

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N2K, yeah, you're still going to have to wrangle with the white balance on that camera. Once you get that sorted out, your results should be a lot better.

customizedcreationz, I really like the addition of water to the photo - I've never thought of that but it adds more character to the picture. Nice job!

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... and adding things like mirrors and water droplets to my pictures as I go.
The water droplets are a kinda cool addition. Plus I like your background.

Which brings me to a question: I see a lot of photos with, uhhhhh, lets say [not]creative backgrounds. You know, rifle propped up in the corner of the floor so that the pic shows the carpet and wall and floor trim with the rifle breaking across the "seam."

Aren't better pictures taken with some sort of clean background?
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Thanks guys !

The one thing that I dont like seeing is things through the trigger guard. I use a small piece of 1/2" rubber hose ( fuel line ) to prop the gun up.

Here are some more "creative" type backgrounds I ve used.




See the hose in the mirror.









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OK I'll contribute.





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Nice! How'd you set this up?
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Nice! How'd you set this up?
put gun right in front of me between me and my computer monitors and shoot! Photograph the gun, not shoot the gun I mean. I like the wood table background look as opposed to the studio shoots (not knocking on the studio shots!)

for the first 3 shots, bounced my (external) flash off the somewhat white ceiling~
ISO 200, f 8 @ 1/200s (dunno if this is too geeky for you)

last shot with the tacticool light on with no flash - ambient light source was my monitors!
ISO 1000 f 3.5 @ 1/50s

On a sidenote, if you can understand this - i want to get more star tails from the tactilight but that involves closing the lens down (making aperture number higher like beyond f 16) BUT that would mean less light so the image would've been really dark. The solution was yes, shoot with brighter ambient light OR with a tripod - ok enough geek talk.

anyhow, this shoot took like 10 mins in front of me so i didn't want to whip out my tripod - maybe i'll try more next week when i have more time.

hope this helped!

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On a sidenote, if you can understand this - i want to get more star tails from the tactilight but that involves closing the lens down (making aperture number higher like beyond f 16) BUT that would mean less light so the image would've been really dark. The solution was yes, shoot with brighter ambient light OR with a tripod - ok enough geek talk.
You can photograph with a higher f stop and not lose light if you bump up your EV. I often will go EV + 1.7 or + 2.0 to get a brighter exposure. I also prefer that a higher f stop increases the depth of field, allowing for more of the gun to be in focus in the resulting image. All too often point and shoots don't allow you to adjust the depth of field, and so a lot of amateur shots are rather shallow in this regard.

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thanks Turby - but I shoot in Manual Mode! and like I mentioned, I was too lazy to whip out my tripod so hand holding my camera at that range at night when i'm tired is min 1/50 sec. Adjusting EV would trim my shutter speed if I set my aperture and that's was a no no for my lazy hands.

On a side note, the tacticool light image was shot in a more artistic approach - not technical. So I wanted the shallow depth of field but i wanted more star tails - it's a trade off right?
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Is Nikon Camera Control compatible with the D80.

Thanks...

edit: it seems it can only be used with D2x's.

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Here is my Sig P229 9mm:







Taken with a Nikon D300 and two flashlights on both sides.
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Is Nikon Camera Control compatible with the D80.

Thanks...

edit: it seems it can only be used with D2x's.
Hmm - well, I use Nikon's software with my D70s. I suspect it works with all Nikon's that can be hooked up to a computer via USB. I am pretty darn sure the D80 can be controlled by the software.

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Great Info !!!!

I ve been learning along the way and adding things like mirrors and water droplets to my pictures as I go. I love to shoot my camera more then my guns ( heck its cheaper !! ).

Here is a few of my latest pictures.










Its almost more fun taking pictures then it is refinishing the guns. One thing I can say is to take notes. I know most of my settings now for certain areas and usually deviate very little from them. But until you can start to remember a certain setup that works, keep a little notepad with you and mark down your comments on what settings you had.

Great tutorial, I wish I would have found something like this awhile ago before learning the hard way ( and getting help from a few people ).

Thanks
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