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December 24, 2008, 09:41 AM
Looks fine to me:D
December 24, 2008, 09:47 AM
Are you fishing for compliments or asking "does this make me look fat?"
Pics look great.
December 24, 2008, 09:53 AM
Nah, I was just posting what limited success I did have. They turned out cool but the lighting is all off. Point was I wish I had some studio lights and they would have looked a lot better. Not too bad for natural light though....
December 24, 2008, 09:56 AM
I can defiantly see room for improvement but at the same time its looks ok. Although there is a good bit of glare on the 1911 slide in pic #1. Other than that id say it looks pretty good.
On the professional lights, just do it outdoors.I like the way natural light defines the edges.
December 24, 2008, 09:56 AM
Alot better than you think, looks good!
I love looking at pics, especially porn, gun porn that is!!!
You did a great job, its clear and arranged well!!
Happy Holidays!! :D
December 24, 2008, 10:08 AM
looks good to me, better than i can do for sure.
December 24, 2008, 11:12 AM
I like it. I use the cheapest lighting yet - one of those three head swivel floor lamps.
December 24, 2008, 12:05 PM
Don't feel bad about the pics, they look fine. For all that, you've got a better camera than I do; if I tried taking those pics, I think a lot of the material would be out of focus.
I think the lighting actually looks nice, though you could use just a tiny bit of fill. I like natural-light photos; flood-lighting everything makes it look too clinical.
December 24, 2008, 12:10 PM
Looks good! Maybe just lose all that direct sunlight.
I'm glad you posted and "stepped out on a limb"..... Just shows you are willing to try things out!!
December 24, 2008, 12:29 PM
Post more! Especially of that SAIGA!
December 24, 2008, 01:29 PM
December 24, 2008, 01:58 PM
I like the second picture better,the first seems a little "gratuitous"
December 24, 2008, 03:45 PM
Wrap some aluminum foil around a piece of cardboard to make a great reflector.
It will pick up some of that back light and toss it across the front of the subject and make a big difference.
December 24, 2008, 04:33 PM
I have some experiance with studio lights....so with out spending big money here are my humble suggestions.
Use early morning or late afternoon light (low angle to horizion) very close to your sliding glass door. As mentioned reflectors on the shadow side work wonders.(try shiny white tag board or for more light the tin-foil/cardboard idea) If your camera has a feature that looks like this +/- it allows you to help the camera determine final exposure(brightness). try setting +2/3's to open up the shadows, giving them more detail. Remember you can easily make pictures darker in the computer but it is more difficult to brighten accurately. Rarely does your camera's lcd screen show you the true exposure -- the computer monitor may be very different. Looking at pictures on your pc monitor AND the camera screen at the same time can help you see the difference. (the pc is the true exposure....it controls output right? both the thehighroad and your printer) Last thought always turn on the flash (if it doesn't go off), most subjects(even outside) that are taken within 10 feet of the camera benifit from flash.
December 24, 2008, 04:38 PM
xjedix, you might already know the hints I'm going to suggest, but I'll share them anyway for the benefit of those who don't.
1) White foam core board is your friend. They're light, make excellent, cheap reflectors and can fill in shadows if you need it.
2) Sheets of white tracing paper or white fabric you can buy in bulk at Walmart and the like can soften light.
I can't afford studio lights right now, so these are my solutions. Everything I've taken in the last year and a half has been with natural light, incandescent lamps and low budget reflectors.
What you've got there looks better than much of what I see posted, if for no other reason than it doesn't have a pair of bare feet in it. ;)