A Little Help with a New Nikon D5000 and close-ups?

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    A Little Help with a New Nikon D5000 and close-ups?

    Like the title says, I just recently picked up a D5000 for my watch business and it came with 2 lenses a 18-55mm and 55-200mm. What is the secret to really good close ups and do I have the right lenses for that? Thanks in advance!
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    Re: A Little Help with a New Nikon D5000 and close-ups?

    Macro photography is not as easy on DSLR cameras compared to the compact cameras with macro modes built in.

    You'll ideally need a macro lens to take good macro photos, although there are some other DIY solutions (such as reversing lens) that enable you to do it a bit cheaper.

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    Re: A Little Help with a New Nikon D5000 and close-ups?

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    Like the title says, I just recently picked up a D5000 for my watch business and it came with 2 lenses a 18-55mm and 55-200mm. What is the secret to really good close ups and do I have the right lenses for that? Thanks in advance!
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    The kit lenses that come with dSLRs are usually pretty poor or just can't do macro. One easy option is to buy a Raynox DCR250 macro lens, usually found for around $50 - $60. This just clips onto the front of your dSLR lens and will give upto 8x magnification at around 200mm. All my macros have been taken with the Raynox to give you some idea of what it can do.

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    Re: A Little Help with a New Nikon D5000 and close-ups?

    If the 18-55 kit lens is anything like Canon's 18-55 kit lens, the close focus is pretty decent. I used to use it all the time for watches at 55mm. I couldn't really fill the frame, but I got it pretty close and then cropped in Photoshop or IrfanView (which is freeware).

    Another option for macro work is to buy an old manual-focus macro lens and an adapter to mount it on your D5000. Manual focusing is tricky on DSLRs since they're not really designed with it in mind, but with some practice it's entirely doable and it's a lot cheaper than a modern dedicated macro lens.


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    Re: A Little Help with a New Nikon D5000 and close-ups?

    One thing I would suggest besides gear, is to read about product photography. Because watches reflect light many different ways, it would be good to do some research on types of lighting. And above all, practice, practice, practice.

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    Re: A Little Help with a New Nikon D5000 and close-ups?

    We've all forgotten to mention one thing!!! A tripod is a must, whether it's something cheap like a Gorillapod or expensive like a Manfrotto, for decent macro shots stability is key!

    As apeogre pointed out, lighting is pretty critical as weel, I'd suggest looking at getting a small cheap "pop-up" light tent from somewhere like eBay (usually around the $50 mark). These usually come with a variety of colored back drops for product photography and it means you can use ANY source of light (desklamp etc) instead of needing proper studio lighting with gels and diffusers. Shoot and RAW and you don't need to worry about color temperature or white balance.

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    Re: A Little Help with a New Nikon D5000 and close-ups?

    Daniel, a tripod is a good start, D5000 probably needs a remote shutter release via the 10 pin socket as well, I have been using a 28-105mm zoom by nikon, came with a F80 that I bought back in 2000, has a macro setting, moved it onto a D100 and now on a D200, a light box or table is good, you can make reflectors out of white cardboard if need be. Set up your camera with a suitable lens on the tripod (second pair of hands) and position watch, look through the viewfinder and see how the light hits the watch and adjust to suit.

    To increase your depth of field, so that more is in focus, you will need to stop the lens down, which also means longer exposure, but think of a pin hole camera, small hole and just about everything is in focus. Nikon do have specialised macro lenses if you want to spend the money, that is up to you. At the end of the day you have to satisfy yourself as what sort of pictures you are going to take and the most suitable lenses for that.

    Have a quick look at one of my posts, with photographs, but especially the last one showing the work area, the light coming through a diffused glass door, it works if need be. The shots taken with a D200 and a 28-105 on macro

    https://forums.watchuseek.com/showthread.php?t=263137

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    Re: A Little Help with a New Nikon D5000 and close-ups?

    Tripod and extension tubes are your friends

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    Re: A Little Help with a New Nikon D5000 and close-ups?

    You need no remote shutter when shooting watches. The trick I use for last 10 years - put your camera in autoshutter mode, minimum (2 sec) will be enough just to minimize the chanses of blurred picture because of your trimming in excitement hands . Assuming of course that your camera is on tripod.
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    Re: A Little Help with a New Nikon D5000 and close-ups?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tman View Post
    Daniel, a tripod is a good start, D5000 probably needs a remote shutter release via the 10 pin socket as well, I have been using a 28-105mm zoom by nikon, came with a F80 that I bought back in 2000, has a macro setting, moved it onto a D100 and now on a D200, a light box or table is good, you can make reflectors out of white cardboard if need be. Set up your camera with a suitable lens on the tripod (second pair of hands) and position watch, look through the viewfinder and see how the light hits the watch and adjust to suit.

    To increase your depth of field, so that more is in focus, you will need to stop the lens down, which also means longer exposure, but think of a pin hole camera, small hole and just about everything is in focus. Nikon do have specialised macro lenses if you want to spend the money, that is up to you. At the end of the day you have to satisfy yourself as what sort of pictures you are going to take and the most suitable lenses for that.

    Have a quick look at one of my posts, with photographs, but especially the last one showing the work area, the light coming through a diffused glass door, it works if need be. The shots taken with a D200 and a 28-105 on macro

    https://forums.watchuseek.com/showthread.php?t=263137

    For further photographic inspiration, go to my website and go to the photographic portfolio, for architectural photography from different cities around the world

    www.talmans.com

    Cheers

    Tman
    Hi Tman, I've just looked at your Paris photo's on your site, and I've pretty much got the same photo's. Your photo's are great by the way. I was there in Aug 2004, but I had my crappy Kodak 3.1MP camera with me which wasn't the best. One day I'll go back with a descent camera.
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