"Boudoir Shots"


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bbuddtec
April 19, 2012, 11:46 PM
Hey Y'all, I am getting ready for some real nice pics, if I can manage, of my firearms...

...and I wanted some ideas, if anyone would like to share...

(Thanks)

BBT

PS. Photos, fav. or otherwise are very welcome! ...really!

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SabbathWolf
April 19, 2012, 11:59 PM
Ideas about what?

armoredman
April 20, 2012, 12:20 AM
Simple backgrounds that don't distract are a good one. I use painting canvas paper from a local crafts store for different ones, also is pretty dirt cheap. These are most effective with pistols.

http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b13/armoredman/CZ%20posters/JoP01Gray1.jpg

A distracting background loses the focus on what you want to show.

http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b13/armoredman/CZ%20posters/JoP01Leopard1.jpg

Doghandler
April 20, 2012, 01:24 AM
Well, since you mentioned, Boudoir Shots, bbuddtec, I'd be curious if you could reveal Victoria's secret while you're at it. Looks like armoredman is on the case!

armoredman
April 20, 2012, 01:29 AM
Actually, that's my wife's sidearm with one of her dresses, of all things. :)

SabbathWolf
April 20, 2012, 01:34 AM
I don't think all backgrounds "have" to be plain.
Some look OK.
I took this pic of my 357 today and it came out alright I guess.
But I'm no expert bedroom photographer.....lol


http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v648/Swampdragon/72b9b701.jpg

armoredman
April 20, 2012, 02:25 AM
Backgrounds that compliment are awesome, like what you have, very nice, sir. I was speaking to someone who is starting, and may just want pics of just the gun. Often times they photograph them in front of some very busy backgrounds, and unless you can program the camera to blur it, they can be distracting.
BTW, I have never once claimed to be expert, bedroom or not. Oleg Volk is the expert, I just play around.

FIVETWOSEVEN
April 20, 2012, 03:07 AM
Here's my attempt at gun por...ART :D

http://sphotos.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-snc7/391117_2305854940435_1671140721_1498102_729200347_n.jpg

SabbathWolf
April 20, 2012, 03:20 AM
Backgrounds that compliment are awesome, like what you have, very nice, sir. I was speaking to someone who is starting, and may just want pics of just the gun. Often times they photograph them in front of some very busy backgrounds, and unless you can program the camera to blur it, they can be distracting.
BTW, I have never once claimed to be expert, bedroom or not. Oleg Volk is the expert, I just play around.

lol....
I didn't mean you thought you were an expert.
I was just saying I'm not either!....at ALL......lol
I just tossed the gun on a wood pile since I was already outside anyways...
I spent all of about 10 seconds on it and then went shooting.
:D

SabbathWolf
April 20, 2012, 03:25 AM
Here's my attempt at gun por...ART :D



Don't ya love all the residue on your light you gotta clean off?
My other pistol does the exact same thing.

wildehond
April 20, 2012, 04:49 AM
Try low and different angles. Also use some white paper to reflect light from more angles.

http://i928.photobucket.com/albums/ad127/faniesmith/glock22/8419f796.jpg

Salmoneye
April 20, 2012, 07:38 AM
'Product Photographers' used to use neutral grey (18% grey) as a background for lighting, and to 'highlight' the product...

Now, I am told, the photographers lean towards 12% grey as a metering point...

bikerdoc
April 20, 2012, 07:44 AM
I like to use outdoor backgrounds when possible, no flash.

http://i247.photobucket.com/albums/gg134/bikerdoc1948/005-2.jpg


http://i247.photobucket.com/albums/gg134/bikerdoc1948/0012-1.jpg[I

http://i247.photobucket.com/albums/gg134/bikerdoc1948/IMG_1253.jpg

SabbathWolf
April 20, 2012, 08:19 AM
I like to use outdoor backgrounds when possible, no flash.



Me too.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v648/Swampdragon/smilies/529eb8d6.gif

bbuddtec
April 20, 2012, 08:47 AM
LOL thanks guys, and fivetwoseven... what complete and utter filth... :what:

NICE! hehehe :evil:

56hawk
April 20, 2012, 09:52 AM
I've realized you don't have to have the whole gun in the photo.

http://www.thehighroad.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=161384&d=1332296178

Greg528iT
April 20, 2012, 10:58 AM
biker doc, nice knife. Is that a horn grip? is it drilled for the knife shank?
56hawk.. That FA, might need a solo shot. ;)

I agree with a plain background IF you are fully trying to detail the gun. but if you are trying to make the OVERALL statement, a background that is in context helps. It all depends on what you are trying to accomplish.

MrDig
April 20, 2012, 11:15 AM
The Basic Rule is to Idealize the subject.
While Background is important in choosing how to do that you want to minimize the distraction to get the viewer to focus on the subject.
Classic case in point Portraits taken at malls, most people buy the ones that have the classic portrait backgrounds as opposed to the "Christmas" back grounds that are available.
So having other Hunting gear and leaves and logs in your background are fine it lends to the theme, but don't over do it or you detract from the subject and do not Idealize what you are photographing.
The examples I have seen here are actually good examples of keeping the focus on the subject even the leopard print dress, it in fact accentuates that it is a gun that any woman and some men for that matter would want.

armoredman
April 20, 2012, 03:37 PM
I expect to see that picture in an ad for Pink Pistols some day...:) The custom baseplates were something I was also showing off, a gift from one of my members.

Another thing is to use natural lines to "point the way" to the main subject of the picture - here is one I did that worked that way completely by accident with 6 lines all running right into the firearm.

http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b13/armoredman/CZ%20posters/Phantomattherange.jpg

Only other advice, take LOTS of pictures from multiple angles, and then take the time to go through each and every one, manipulating the image until you find the ones you really like. I've discarded 50 pictures to get one half way decent one. :)

Play with lighting - and old swivel head floor 3 lamp does a lot of lighting duties for me. Using that, with a baseball hung off the lamp to act as a light block, and a black shower curtain hung behind, I came up with this "streetlamp" look.

http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b13/armoredman/CZ%20posters/PleaseLeave.jpg

Equipment can actually be secondary - these pictures were all taken with a standard pocket digital camera on a tripod. Editing was with a free 10 year old program, Microsoft Picture It! Express...now I use Photo Explosion.

Smith357
April 20, 2012, 04:41 PM
sorry double tap :(

Smith357
April 20, 2012, 04:46 PM
There is the nothing but the gun school of thought. Just a gun on a plain white background.

http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y266/smith357/armory/Revolver/IMG_5507.jpg

Or if you like you can add some simple color.

http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y266/smith357/armory/Revolver/IMG_7068.jpg

You can even get away with a pattern background.

http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y266/smith357/armory/SantaFeHawkena.jpg

Or you can compose a still life shot

http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y266/smith357/armory/IMG_7023.jpg

Sometimes you can even play with reflections.

http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y266/smith357/armory/Revolver/IMG_6671.jpg

SabbathWolf
April 20, 2012, 04:48 PM
I'm just lazy I guess.
I just tossed this one on the bed......lol
Does that count as "Boudoir Shots?"
:D



http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v648/Swampdragon/SLR954.jpg

crazyjennyblack
April 20, 2012, 04:56 PM
SMITH357 - what kind of semi-auto rifle is that in your picture? I'm just dying to know!

Jeremiah10:23
April 20, 2012, 05:05 PM
56 hawk,

Educate me please. What kind of bullet is that on the right side of your picture? I've not seen one like that before.

56hawk
April 20, 2012, 05:29 PM
56 hawk,

Educate me please. What kind of bullet is that on the right side of your picture? I've not seen one like that before.

Those are 700 grain bullets for the 500 Smith & Wesson. They are a lot of fun to shoot out of the 2 3/4" barrel. :)

ForumSurfer
April 20, 2012, 05:43 PM
I like dirty pictures like this:
http://i128.photobucket.com/albums/p188/johnnnyhgmail/DSCF1708.jpg
:neener:

NavyLCDR
April 20, 2012, 05:50 PM
This gun store seems to have a photographer with a handle on things:

http://www.sherwinshootingsports.com/actions.htm

Manson
April 20, 2012, 05:51 PM
You guys, and gals, have some nice firearms. I love the gun porn.

Bmac1949
April 20, 2012, 07:02 PM
Is that copper fouling in post #8. If not what is that color inside the grooves of the barrel?

SabbathWolf
April 20, 2012, 08:44 PM
Is that copper fouling in post #8. If not what is that color inside the grooves of the barrel?


Heck NO man!
527 is so rich that he opted for a gold lined barrel instead of chrome!
:D

LJ-MosinFreak-Buck
April 20, 2012, 09:02 PM
Sometimes it amazes me how dirty a gun will get firing...

Here's some of my work (minimalist at best).

http://i1097.photobucket.com/albums/g350/lj-mosinfreak-buck/100_1277.jpg
http://i1097.photobucket.com/albums/g350/lj-mosinfreak-buck/100_1276.jpg
http://i1097.photobucket.com/albums/g350/lj-mosinfreak-buck/Glock%20G22/100_1461.jpg
http://i1097.photobucket.com/albums/g350/lj-mosinfreak-buck/Glock%20G22/100_1457.jpg
http://i1097.photobucket.com/albums/g350/lj-mosinfreak-buck/Marlin%20Model%2080/p_00083.jpg
http://i1097.photobucket.com/albums/g350/lj-mosinfreak-buck/Mosin%20Nagant%20M1944/p_00041.jpg
http://i1097.photobucket.com/albums/g350/lj-mosinfreak-buck/Swiss%20K31/100_1282.jpg
http://i1097.photobucket.com/albums/g350/lj-mosinfreak-buck/Swiss%20K31/100_1281.jpg
http://i1097.photobucket.com/albums/g350/lj-mosinfreak-buck/Turkish%20Mauser/100_1146.jpg

armoredman
April 20, 2012, 09:04 PM
Those are 700 grain bullets for the 500 Smith & Wesson.
Oooh, THAT'S gonna leave a mark!

iLikeOldgunsIlikeNewGuns
April 20, 2012, 09:09 PM
SabbathWolf- LoL!

I'm certainly amateur, but I love photos and guns!

It might be distracting, but I like using my US Flag Bandana as a background :D

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7044/6893971301_833dfc61d3_z.jpg

I also like using my leather ottoman when I want more of a simple background

http://farm7.staticflickr.com/6062/6063401935_c7620fb935_z.jpg

http://farm7.staticflickr.com/6206/6063398297_90c2921110_z.jpg

http://farm7.staticflickr.com/6049/6331552492_f79dd6aa03_z.jpg

a clean kitchen (or best lit room) floor works well too, but seems less 'classy'
http://farm7.staticflickr.com/6194/6053281571_7d1d5e9594_z.jpg

Ideally, I'd like to take my gun por-.... pics, outside in good daylight with a nice outdoory background, but I couldn't get away with that in my neighborhood, it'd just end up being a headache :banghead:, can't wait to move!

Smith357
April 20, 2012, 10:06 PM
SMITH357 - what kind of semi-auto rifle is that in your picture? I'm just dying to know!

The rifle is a Remington 742 in .30-06.

larryh1108
April 20, 2012, 11:05 PM
I find getting the lighting right is the hardest part. Natural, sunlight is best but when forced to shoot indoors you have shadows, etc. No flash of course but finding the best natural indoor light is tough. Any suggestions?

http://i342.photobucket.com/albums/o435/larryh1108/BHP/BHP2Tleft.jpg

http://i342.photobucket.com/albums/o435/larryh1108/Smith%20and%20Wesson/19R.jpg

http://i342.photobucket.com/albums/o435/larryh1108/Llamas/Llama45left.jpg

http://i342.photobucket.com/albums/o435/larryh1108/CZ%20USA/CZ75PCRleft-1.jpg

http://i342.photobucket.com/albums/o435/larryh1108/Kimber/KimberGCright.jpg

http://i342.photobucket.com/albums/o435/larryh1108/HK%20P7/HKP7right.jpg

armoredman
April 20, 2012, 11:10 PM
For lighting I have two floor lamps with triple independent swiveling lamps. I can aim each one to either give direct lighting with harsh shadows, or bounce the light off the white ceiling /walls for a far more indirect lighting. Make sure you get the ones that have solid cones, not the white ones that let light out to the sides - wrecks the whole idea. :) They're cheap, and you can get them used at swap meets or second hand stores. Wanna be weird? use a car window shade as a light reflector. ;)
For small items, you can build a light box, lots of ideas on the 'net for those.

jungle
April 20, 2012, 11:18 PM
http://i237.photobucket.com/albums/ff249/jungle375/c16b7e71.jpg

http://i237.photobucket.com/albums/ff249/jungle375/6d21878b.jpg

http://i237.photobucket.com/albums/ff249/jungle375/a024010d.jpg

http://i237.photobucket.com/albums/ff249/jungle375/IMG_2728-1.jpg

http://i237.photobucket.com/albums/ff249/jungle375/DSC_1390-1.jpg

http://i237.photobucket.com/albums/ff249/jungle375/IMG_0416.jpg

http://i237.photobucket.com/albums/ff249/jungle375/DSC_1561-1.jpg



All of these were taken in natural light, it is often a matter of just waiting for the right time. An overcast day, or the right time of day or night.

http://i237.photobucket.com/albums/ff249/jungle375/IMG_2785.jpg

Cocked & Locked
April 20, 2012, 11:55 PM
I take my photos outside in indirect light on overcast days...varied backgrounds. I usually take about 10 pics and maybe end up with a half way good out of those about 40% of the time.

http://pic90.picturetrail.com/VOL2169/3082611/23681386/399676573.jpg

http://pic90.picturetrail.com/VOL2169/3082611/6259764/402180620.jpg

http://pic90.picturetrail.com/VOL2169/3082611/6259764/398513076.jpg

http://pic90.picturetrail.com/VOL2169/3082611/6259764/381416353.jpg

http://pic90.picturetrail.com/VOL2169/3082611/6486421/400906548.jpg

http://pic90.picturetrail.com/VOL2169/3082611/6486421/398335687.jpg

http://pic90.picturetrail.com/VOL2169/3082611/6263277/384771599.jpg

http://pic90.picturetrail.com/VOL2169/3082611/17383006/270024917.jpg

jungle
April 21, 2012, 12:04 AM
Beautiful shots, natural light is the thing to work for, it takes time and patience.

Grmlin
April 21, 2012, 12:12 AM
@NavyLCDR, There were guns in those pictures, I didn't see em. I guess I'll have to go look again.

armoredman
April 21, 2012, 12:41 AM
Very nice pics posted.

lonestardiver
April 21, 2012, 12:45 AM
If you are shooting indoors with a flash bounce the flash off the ceiling and somewhat behind you....that turns the sharp flash into big diffused light...same as if you were shooting outdoors in overcast weather. Big soft diffused light.

Ramone
April 21, 2012, 10:45 AM
in a pinch, lay out your 'set' on in a white bath tub, then shoot down on it with flash- the 'bounce' from the bright curved surfaces will make for nice even lighting, rivaling pro setups.

Steve CT
April 21, 2012, 01:49 PM
From the "boudoir" (actually the nightstand)

http://i175.photobucket.com/albums/w160/sdrct/PA090005-2.jpg

Plain white background with a little editing to highlight some shadows

http://i175.photobucket.com/albums/w160/sdrct/DSCN0260-1-1.jpg

Nice Bright Sunlight

http://i175.photobucket.com/albums/w160/sdrct/P9100039-2-1-1.jpg

Just play around with the pictures, backgrounds, lighting,etc.

bbuddtec
April 21, 2012, 09:07 PM
What a great response and thanks to you all, I was wondering what happened to your post NavyLCDR,

so many super shots, and jungle, love that knife, (and the plane n' chart shots too :D)

...can I add, who do you use to store your pics?

SabbathWolf
April 21, 2012, 09:30 PM
I use photobucket myself...but there are a lot of other free places too.

kb58
April 21, 2012, 09:48 PM
Number one goof I see is using a flash. Diffuse lighting is essential for good shots.

And number two, black firearms suck all the light out the room, making them especially challanging to get really good shots. For me personally, it's far easier to get great shots of stainless or other non-black finishes.

Steve CT
April 21, 2012, 10:32 PM
I use Photobucket as well. Never a problem and pretty good editing tools.

bbuddtec
April 23, 2012, 08:11 AM
Thanks, nice tools, Steve, as an aside, which color ramp works better for you?

Oh, ps, do the photos need to be public on "the 'bucket"

...My great-aunt's trusty re-finished :D

http://i1097.photobucket.com/albums/g358/bbuddtec/Tools/DSCN1629.jpg

bikerdoc
April 23, 2012, 08:24 AM
Photo bucket here also.
No the bucket doesnt share unless you want them to.

bbuddtec
April 23, 2012, 06:12 PM
Sorry bikerdoc, I meant that in order to show a pic like above, do I need the photo to be public? I guess I could have just tried it out already, sorry :)

Steve CT
April 23, 2012, 10:34 PM
I use a very informal "lightbox" with a couple of small clamp on light fixtures with "natural daylight color" flourescent bulbs (got mine at Joanne Fabric) to provide ambient, indirect light. You can also drape a colored cloth over one or both lights to give a different effect.

Another Forum I'm on does Calendars every year, Members submit photos and a Poll is run to select the winners. Lots of really great pictures submitted every year.

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