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    New light-box!

    My dear wife and daughters gave me a light-box kit for my birthday





    Here's a sample of my first shots (all with the 105mm Nikkor Macro):





















    I think the white-balance needs a little adjustment and I'd like to try some other backgrounds, but I'm pretty happy with the gift and results of a first effort... This is going to be fun

    Thanks for looking,
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    Re: New light-box!

    Quote Originally Posted by ohmegah View Post
    My dear wife and daughters gave me a light-box kit for my birthday

    Here's a sample of my first shots (all with the 105mm Nikkor Macro):



    I think the white-balance needs a little adjustment and I'd like to try some other backgrounds, but I'm pretty happy with the gift and results of a first effort... This is going to be fun

    Thanks for looking,
    Wallace
    Nice setup! These are great shots, but need some adjustment (as you mentioned). I just took this one into Photoshop and tweaked it a little bit: Modified curves to change white balance, used Smart Sharpen and boosted the blue saturation. Probably a bit heavy-handed but it shows how much detail you can pull - even from a reduced-size JPEG!


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    Re: New light-box!

    Quote Originally Posted by T1ckT0ck View Post
    Nice setup! These are great shots, but need some adjustment (as you mentioned). I just took this one into Photoshop and tweaked it a little bit: Modified curves to change white balance, used Smart Sharpen and boosted the blue saturation. Probably a bit heavy-handed but it shows how much detail you can pull - even from a reduced-size JPEG!

    Now that's what I was looking for... Thanks
    -Wallace

    Just had a go at some adjustments, myself... Here's the way I see it:



    Now, I have little experience with post-processing software or procedures so, this is a bit of a flyer, but it is a pretty accurate representation of how the watch appears to my eye under normal lighting and conditions. Thank you for your example!

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    Re: New light-box!

    WOW!

    Very nice gift!

    Congrats for this and thankz for the amazing shots!
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    Re: New light-box!

    Great gift! Congrats!

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    Looks great Wallace. I had no idea what the face color was so I made it white. I'm sure yours is much more accurate. Good job!

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    Re: New light-box!

    Hey, nice little setup you got. I'm sure just a tweak here and there will give you even better pics in no time.

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    Re: New light-box!

    Congratulations, very nice. That's a great lens, too.

    The color balance looks like florescent light bulbs. Is that what you are using? I suggest daylight balanced bulbs. There are those that are truly balanced at 5500K. I cheat and use cheapy daylight style regular bulbs like GE Reveal. But getting good color to begin with is better than trying to adjust in software.

    Fool around with lighting, too. I generally use 1 light brightly lighting 1 side and another slightly further away shining on the top and other side. Unbalanced lighting can help get a more 3D look. Sometimes I turn off 1 light completely. There are lots of options to play with.

    Have fun.

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    Re: New light-box!

    Quote Originally Posted by SynMike View Post
    Congratulations, very nice. That's a great lens, too.

    The color balance looks like florescent light bulbs. Is that what you are using? I suggest daylight balanced bulbs. There are those that are truly balanced at 5500K. I cheat and use cheapy daylight style regular bulbs like GE Reveal. But getting good color to begin with is better than trying to adjust in software.

    Fool around with lighting, too. I generally use 1 light brightly lighting 1 side and another slightly further away shining on the top and other side. Unbalanced lighting can help get a more 3D look. Sometimes I turn off 1 light completely. There are lots of options to play with.

    Have fun.
    Thanks for your tips and advice, Mike!

    The light-bulbs that came with the kit are rated as 5200K and described as "true daylight"... However, in my excitement I set my camera to 5000K

    They are spiral fluorescents.

    Looks like a newbie mistake, and a lesson learned. I probably wouldn't have checked / cross referenced the bulbs and my camera settings if you hadn't mentioned it. Big thanks!

    I'm excited to see the results once I get things in synch I'll experiment with different light positioning, too. Great tips

    Best,
    Wallace
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    Re: New light-box!

    Quote Originally Posted by Fabricioab View Post
    WOW!

    Very nice gift!

    Congrats for this and thankz for the amazing shots!
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    Great gift! Congrats!
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    Looks great Wallace. I had no idea what the face color was so I made it white. I'm sure yours is much more accurate. Good job!
    Quote Originally Posted by BenL View Post
    Hey, nice little setup you got. I'm sure just a tweak here and there will give you even better pics in no time.
    Thanks Guys!
    -wjb
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