Photography Tips and How To.....


January 15, 2009, 08:13 PM
Everyone loves a pic of their gun.....

I think it would be great to have a thread (not of general pics)...,

but, how you took them and and example.

So many times, we see a great pic... and say WOW!!!!.

There are a lot of tips and ways to photo your guns.

I'm thinking of a thread, (possibly a sticky) that would list you pic and how

you did it.

There could be professionals ringing in, and regular folks with a simple camera, it's a lot of fun!

I've been involved with photography for 3 decades.

"Shooting" pictures can be as exciting as Shooting Firearms!!!!

Your thoughts?

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January 15, 2009, 08:41 PM
I am also interested in this subject, and have spent some time trying to become better at my gun photography. Guns are rather hard to photograph because they are reflective, and getting your lighting right is a big challenge. I have deleted a lot of gun photos in my digital camera because of excessive reflections or other lighting issues.

I have developed a list of things I believe about gun photography based on my experiments:

1. Never, ever use a flash. The light will bounce right back at the camera and show as a hot spot in the photo. You have to use gentle, diffused and reflected light to illuminate the gun. Consider using a "white box".

2. Always use a tripod and time release for the shutter. With no flash, your shutter speed will be longer and you can have blurred images if you hand hold the camera. You need a stable, stationary platform to hold the camera steady.

3. Use a good camera with high resolution and set it in macro mode to get good detail and definition in the picture.

4. Clean the gun well so no oil, dirt or fingerprints show in the photo.

5. Use image processing software on your computer to improve the original image by making it lighter, darker, sharper, etc. after you take the shot.

6. Zoom in on the gun so it fills up the frame - don't leave excess space around the gun in the photo.

7. Certain poses of the gun are more pleasing and artistic - figure out what these are.

8. Consider propping up the gun with a hidden object behind it to eliminate excessive shadow and give you more angles to shoot.

9. Use a plain cloth background in a subdued color, like blue, green, gray, etc.

Here are a couple of recent photos I took that I am fairly happy with:

January 15, 2009, 08:42 PM
Lots of good threads on this topic already. I'm currently working on a website dedicated to my gun photography, not sure when I'll have it completed though.

Here's a good thread that you may find helpful, I did a big write-up in this one.

January 15, 2009, 08:50 PM
Those threads are nice, but I was thinking something more of a database of info.

Excellent post by pogo2, how to achieve results.

January 15, 2009, 09:27 PM
Im pretty sure there is a sticky about that. Use the search feature and also manually search the sticky's

January 15, 2009, 10:12 PM
I agree, but I am a complete camera amatuer, use a beat up three swivel floor lamp for lighting, a $20 tripod I bought for my Chrony, and a $100 Nikon Coolpix 7 megapixel digital camera.

One thing I found handy was going to a local crafts shop and buying big painting canvases, (cardboard), in various colors.

When they get too dirty, out the door, and in with something new. I don't have al ighting box, so I bend the paper up in a curve behind the subject, brace it, and bounce my white light off the ceiling, creating a seamless background that doesn't distract from the subject.

Have fun experimenting with differant objects in your home, too,

and lighting.

Oleg is the master, I just fool around. Hope something helped.

Just my $.02, worth less than what you paid for it. The tripod was worth FAR more than I paid for it.

January 16, 2009, 12:08 AM
Two most important things are lenses and lighting. The better the lens, the better the photos. And lighting is very important, but much more complex to explain. Basically, with most any small point and shoot camera, you don't have many options. Get into SLR's that you can change lenses on, and you're on your way. A very big and complex subject.

Sniper X
January 16, 2009, 12:19 AM
A simple softlight like a 500W video light and a good middle of the road Digital camera with a good macro and a good zoom will work wonders. I use (for point and shoot stuff) a Fuji S1000 FD, it has a great zoom for a digi cam, at 12x, and two macro functions one macro and the other super macro. It is great. If I am shooting professionally I use a Canon 1NRs (film) or my A2E or even the Elan 2 E. I have pro glass for them and will probably end up with a pro DSLR soon.

January 16, 2009, 02:52 AM
Oleg is the master,

True. But sadly, since the riff he doesn't post much here anymore.

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