Playing with my new camera...


October 6, 2003, 07:43 PM

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October 6, 2003, 07:51 PM
Those came out great, Gunhead. Keep playin'. :D

October 6, 2003, 09:01 PM
Your doing real well. Now just change the size and make them a little smaller so they fit better in a post.

Like your subject too! Nothing better than a S&W Model 640 .38 Special! :D

October 6, 2003, 09:57 PM
Top one nailed it for archival; selling, insurance etc.
Lighting, depth of field and resolution seem spot on.
Plus tis a pretty shot.

Bottom one not as informative if sellin it to me but I like the effect...

Cool pics well shot.


October 7, 2003, 12:30 AM
Well done! :cool:

October 7, 2003, 04:28 AM
Thanks guys, I am still learning the ropes... :)

October 7, 2003, 11:08 AM
First one looks great. I like the lighting. What kind of camera?

October 7, 2003, 12:06 PM
Nice pics!

October 7, 2003, 06:18 PM
Olympus 5050Z

October 7, 2003, 07:29 PM
Nice pics. Could use some more light reflected onto the black grips (my monitor display loses the black grip detail) and to separate the lower edges of the grips from the shadow.

October 7, 2003, 10:45 PM
Very nice pictures indeed!:)

October 8, 2003, 12:46 AM
If you're gonna post pictures, how about posting pictures of the P2000? :rolleyes:

:D ;)

October 8, 2003, 12:53 AM
..Or, that photo of yours of a HK ( MP5 or PDW?, :o ) that was laying on a blue-colored glass table. :D

October 8, 2003, 05:37 AM
The MP5SF/BT96 pics will be coming soon - even the P2000 is possible on the long run.


You are absolutely right about the color bruning at the grip, I am trying to create a makeshift lighting system for my gun photos.

Any tips welcome!

The next (much harder) quest will be catching nice muzzle flashes. This camera can do about 4 shots/sec I hope that will be enough if I try really hard. :)

October 8, 2003, 05:22 PM
Play with reflectors (white boards & mirrors). It takes more time than using multiple lights but is very inexpensive. I admit it can be frustrating to rig reflectors without proper stands (which cost almost as much as extra lights).

For your second pic, on a blank surface, try a plexiglass diffuser (white plastic) and add light from underneath to banish shadows (unless you wanted to ground the image -- even then I'd want to float the subjects higher using hidden wire).

For extreme contrast subjects like these (shiny reflections and black grips) take two or more digital photos with different exposures from a sturdy tripod so they align perfectly. In a digital image program (e.g. Photoshop) combine them to tame the range, say the metals from the pics you showed and the grips from a +0.3 or +0.5 EV photo. You can also get extreme depth of field this way (combine different focus points) but the digital work is much trickier.

On the digicam itself, find the sweet spot for lens aperture versus resolution (probably f5 to f8) and use that for best sharpness.

October 8, 2003, 06:05 PM
Gunhead....Beautiful work!....Personally, I love the posted size...It's perfect for my wallpaper....If you're just "playing around", where do you think you're going from here!?????? :D Zebulon

October 8, 2003, 09:58 PM
Thanks for the tips... Tonight I played with the lighting in the kitchen (lighting = two 100W bulbs plus some makeshift diffusers) and after some Photoshop finishing I ended up with this (NAA Mini cap-n-ball revolver):

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