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    Rate my/your watch pictures!

    So I was just reading a thread about people complaining about their pet peeves about others watch pictures on this forum and I thought I might have posted those pics. With that said , I would like to start this thread with the goal of improving the quality of my pictures, providing feedback on others pictures, offering and receiving feedback on the quality of pictures. So here are my suggested rules:

    1st rate your own picture on a scale of 1 to 10.
    2nd include the specs of your picture and or the camera you took the picture on. Please include settings and lense type.
    3rd include the conditions of the pic so other can understand how lighting effects the pic.

    I'll start this off:

    Glycine Combat 6
    Rating - 6
    Olympus OMD EM-5, Olympus M40 mm Lense - ISO 600, F4.0, SS 15, handheld indoor in door lighting conditions with fluorescent lighting.
    After processing the image I dropped the size down to 25% so it was not huge in a posting.
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    First i I took the shot directly out the camera without introducing the pen or the globe in the background. However, my camera had an issue focusing on the watch. Additionally the bezel came out dull and applying additional saturation didn't bring of the bezel as much as it brought out the would grain in the desk.

    I then introduced the pen and the pen really gave the watch perspective and introduced the orange into the bezel. However, the pens didn't help the dial and fuzzed out the numbers on the dial. Additionally the pen introduced significantly more glair into the crystal. In an effort to correct these issues I introduced the globe behind the watch at a significant distantance. Bumped up the Apertiure a little higher and put a t-shirt over the fluorescent light.

    Overall I rate the picture a 6 for the following reasons overall this one picture took me about 30 minutes which is way to much time. Additionally there is still significant glare in the picture. Although the placement of the glare is relatively appealing. I think that once I chose to introduce the pen I should have the whole pen in frame and loosing the back tip of the pen is poor framing. The shadowing of the picture is relatively poor and I found it difficult to remedy in post production. The blemish on the face between 8 & 9 is distracting and should have been remedied by cleaning the face or correcting in post production. I see the picture and I say not bad but definitely aperture.

    Help me take better pictures and show me your prized possessions.

    I hope you find this thread entertaining and educational.
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    Re: Rate my/your watch pictures!

    Great idea, I'm going to start looking through my watch photos!

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    Rate my/your watch pictures!

    I'll post one of my better shots.

    iPhone 5S, possibly using an app called Manual, which I mainly use for a wider aperture and exact focus.

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    I'd rate it a 6 or 7. Lighting was restaurant lighting, so think of a dozen lights embedded in the ceiling fifteen feet overhead.

    The hard part of photographing my Rado is getting the color to look correct. The 5S's camera is pretty good with white balance, but things like this can confuse it sometimes. I also move around to get the lighting to show off the dial as much as I can.

    Here's one of my worst Rado shots, taken with a Canon point-n-shoot (I think... maybe it was the 5S again):
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    It still looks okay, but it doesn't "pop" at all. I don't think I did any color correction, either.

    Rate it a 3 or 4. Lighting was a large window to the right and a couple apartment lamps to the left-rear.
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    I am very happy with this one. I took this one with OMD EM6 at F16, 4ss, in decent lighting conditions. I give it a 9.

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    I don't do a lot of copy work, but I think rule no. 1 is never blur your subject. Why would you want to?
    I rarely shoot portraits wide open because of depth of field. If you are at f16 and still not in full focus, you are shooting too close.
    Look at watch advertisements: watches are rarely shot sideways.
    You want to shoot nice watch pics, copy the pros then put your spin on it. Works for me.

    My pic I'd call it a 7 or so. Put together with some stuff I had handy and I was too lazy to get the lighting right.
    Remember in photography, it's all about the light baby.
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    I'd call this a 8 because I know technically I can do better. I was limited by the lens I had in my bag (35 f2) and I was too lazy to get down and dirty. I probably should have used my 50mm. This image is cropped down almost to pixelation. Next time I'm using a tele so I can compress the background a bit more and get the sunset in. I was also a bit late on the light, the sun had already set behind some clouds.
    For the shot, I had to take off my shoes
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    Quote Originally Posted by jideta View Post
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    I don't do a lot of copy work, but I think rule no. 1 is never blur your subject. Why would you want to?
    I rarely shoot portraits wide open because of depth of field. If you are at f16 and still not in full focus, you are shooting too close.
    Look at watch advertisements: watches are rarely shot sideways.
    You want to shoot nice watch pics, copy the pros then put your spin on it. Works for me.

    My pic I'd call it a 7 or so. Put together with some stuff I had handy and I was too lazy to get the lighting right.
    Remember in photography, it's all about the light baby.

    If your pics is a 7 my pic is a 3. You have excellent work. It's clear I'm missing key elements to get better at photography because I don't even see the blur. I did think the shadows under the watch did look a little dark.

    For reference I am fairly new to photography and have been at it for about 3 years. Only started shooting raw in the last 18 months. Till know it's primarily been portrait photography. I think I'm average at portraits and working my way towards average on watch/micro shots.

    Can you please elaborate on how your picture was shot? Also feel free to pay into me on what is wrong with my pics. I see all these people clicking with there iPhone, likely no post production, and it makes me think that I just may be blind.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jideta View Post
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    I'd call this a 8 because I know technically I can do better. I was limited by the lens I had in my bag (35 f2) and I was too lazy to get down and dirty. I probably should have used my 50mm. This image is cropped down almost to pixelation. Next time I'm using a tele so I can compress the background a bit more and get the sunset in. I was also a bit late on the light, the sun had already set behind some clouds.
    For the shot, I had to take off my shoes
    Thanks for playing. Agree on the lense. I feel a little distant from the subject. Full outdoor and to me a little more contrast against the sand would make it pop. Apologizes if my critics are ametaure or technically incorrect. Mostly trying to demonstrate what I would do so people can correct my ignorance.

    Also, wondering why you shot at f2 with such solid lighting. Would you want to close that lense up?

    Lastly camera helps because if you state what camera I can convert your camera to micro 4/3rds.
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    I aspire to be able to do this. Picture casually attributed to the attic photo thread. Which by the way makes me feel insecure about my photo taking ability.
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    That was done with an affordable waterproof P&S camera. The photo is from my photobucket and there are no properties available with the image. What I know is that it was shot at 35mm with the EV set to -1.5 I shoot all the P&S stuff at negative EV because you can almost always lighten an underexposed photo but a washed out over exposed one is usually lost.

    The fish is a Pacific Silver Salmon and I really like the water level shots with the fish themselves not removed from their element for a quick photo before release. I won't rate it but I like it, the kayak hull visible in the background was just something that happened in an unplanned quick shot. I really like the way the Silver Salmon looks with my Silver Tag Heuer Aquaracer so I posted it.

    What do you think?
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