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Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by il.bill, Feb 15, 2020.

  1. il.bill

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    I was putting together a GunBroker listing on a consignment sale for a customer and was surprised at how nice one of the photos turned out. I was trying to show how good the finish looks on a clean, nearly 60 year old Double-Nine W-104 Nickel-Plated DA/SA 9-Shot 'Cowboy' Revolver and used my iPhone to take this picture of the rear of the swing out cylinder -

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    There are other whole firearm pictures that have made me happy, but I was pleasantly surprised by how well it showed just what I wanted. It is one of my single favorite self-taken firearm photos. (Yes - it does not take much to get me excited!)

    Anyone care to share a picture that expressed exactly what you wanted?
     
  2. Aim1

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    Very cool!

    Those new phone cameras are incredible these days.
     
  3. NIGHTLORD40K

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    Im never happy with my pictures.....but this one is probably my best. I like the contrast between black and silver and how the mixture of brushed and polished finishes on the gun and knife match. Not a drop of wood to be seen.
     
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    This one turned out nice too, the props and backround support the old-timeyness of the .32-20 M1905. Not a drop of plastic or stainless.
     
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  5. bannockburn

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    Nicely done! I always have a tough time taking photos of nickel or bright chrome plated guns. I had an old flip phone years ago that had a very basic camera in it but took the best photos.
     
  6. bannockburn

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    One of my favorite photos, taken with my phone, that turned out fairly well:

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    Cellphone cameras are amazing. Soderbergh's Unsane (with Claire Foy!) was shot on an iPhone 7, and it looks pretty good.
     
  8. chicharrones

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    I thought this was going to be a rant. I like seeing photos where people don't stage the shot at all. Especially with their home and belongings in the background. I learn more about the person taking that kind of photo than one of just the gun.
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    Here's my most recent favorite "Day at the Range" image. 20200208_110005.jpg
     
  11. Shimitup

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    Indeed! I just want GunnyUSMC to have to clean his shop again, that was epic!
     
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  12. MedWheeler

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    I have a couple. This one came out okay. The patch is from the first police department I worked for. The recently-acquired 67-1 was to replace the sidearm I was issued way back then.

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  13. stillquietvoice

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    Plunk test 9mm 125 rn.

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    Granddaughter firing at 15.

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    Free bore and rifling iny 5904 Smith &Wesson. All came out pretty well.
     
  14. Good Ol' Boy

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    Probably my favorite pic and gun. It was just after I installed the grips and was mainly trying to show them off.

    Not a great pic but ok for a phone...



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  15. hps1

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    A couple of my most cherished firearms.

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    Barnard Damascus 12 ga SXS Percussion I restored to a shooter in 1954.

    The Garand and I go back nearly 65 years. This one was exiled to the safe over 20 years ago due to cataracts making iron sights useless. A bit of tinkering didn't help her girlish figure but brought her back out into light of day with this .665" 100 yd. 5 shot group.
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    As Paul Harvey used to say, "and now the rest of the story"; fulfilled a bucket list item of taking a called coyote with the Garand.

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    Regards,
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  16. Rembrandt

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    I have not mastered photography skills to the level of this photo from Wilson Combat. I'm intrigued by the composition and techniques the photographer used.

    Note the dark smoked effects around the subject matter, the contrast of light in the center-vs-outer edges. The black and white photos that don't clash with the burgundy background and grip colors. It seems to grab the eye to the center of the picture and focusing on what they want you to see. This is what I wish my photos looked like.

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    Sometimes, the subject of the picture is so overwhelming that one does not care about lighting and backgrounds.
     

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    My guess is phones that take pictures have put a real hurt on the sales of "regular" cameras. I've noticed that way fewer people seem to be toting Nikons or Canons over their shoulders than used to be.
     
  19. hso

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    There's a lighting trick to taking pictures of items, but you have to catch the light outside at the correct time to help you be successful.

    If you don't have uniform overcast, wait until the sun is just on the other side of the house and set the item in the shadow so the light if uniform from all directions (you create this effect in a light box, but I just use natural light most of the time). Don't try to get close to the item so you avoid reflections and shadows on it. You're going to crop the final photo anyway so give yourself room to crop. It is great if you have a tripod, but you can just brace your elbows tight in against your chest to stabilize a camera or phone and make the shot just off of vertical. Don't hesitate to walk around it so you get different angles to photograph. Play with the image on your phone to tilt and rotate and crop so you have a good 1/3 placement of what you want to draw the eye to.

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  20. Jenrick

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    I'm a part time professional photographer (my day job pays me too much to leave it for full time photography). I can tell you right now there has been some postproduction in this image, just like in 99% of all advertising photography. To start with getting that nice even glow on the pistol while still have deep vignetting shadows, pretty much impossible to do with just lighting. The shadow on the photograph in front is anything but natural, the fall of into dark is WAY to fast. Second and for me, the most telling, there isn't smudge, drop of oil, or piece of lint on the pistol. The lighting on the pictures is on the oblique which shows up every surface flaw or dust speck like it has a giant neon light point at it.

    Don't beat yourself up if you're trying to achieve an image that is post produced, straight out of the camera. Now that image with smooth even lighting, a natural shadow fall off through an intelligent use of barn doors on a softbox (or lens selection not giving you full frame coverage), and the willingness to accept a few loose pieces of lint, you'll have a very similar looking picture.
     
  21. larryh1108

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    I have a few with outdoor lighting, as mentioned. Outdoor always beats indoor non=professional lighting. Showing a high polished blueing is the biggest challenge to catch the depth of the polish.

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    And that, sir, is a prime example of such a photo IMHO! Thanks for sharing!

    Regards,
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  23. Old Dog

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    I've always felt natural outdoor lighting captures the quality of a nicely blued gun the best … and the quality of the wood ...

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  24. Pat Riot
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    I have taken lots of photos of my guns but this one is one of my favorites. I tried to explain why but I kept tripping over my words and gave up. Thank goodness for the “edit” button. :cool:

    Here’s the photo.

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