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    What do you think?

    Hello Chaps,

    not posted much on this forum, mainly because I wasn't too concerned with how my watch pictures looked online. That all changed when I decided to construct a "lightbox" a few weeks ago. Now, I can't seem to stop taking photos. I'm constanty experimenting with my camera's settings and light levels by positioning the box in certain ways relative to the light source.

    I do use a touch up program (Adobe Photoshop 3.0), and adjust the levels to brighten the subject, but nothing else in the digital "jiggery-pokery" stakes. Ideally, I'd like to get away from having to use any form of digital compression for my images. I use black alcantara as my backdrop, and at times it can darken the images.

    These are my lastest shots, please, let me know what you think.


    (This one hasn't recieved the Adobe treatment)















    Thanks for looking, any tips would be greatly appreciated
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    Very good

    Excellent work... You are getting excellent results.

    What worked best for me was using natural light by a window and at times defused it with white paper, the most basic the set up the better the results.

    Trial and errors usually worked for me.

    Your Speedmaster pictures are the best, was your set up different for this watch and how did you do your post process?

    I will try to post some watch pics next week. I took all the pictures I had off line a week ago and I'll post how I achieved the results at the same time.

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    Re: Very good

    I think the Speedmaster is really well taken. But I'm biased towards the gorgeous GP.

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    Re: Very good

    Quote Originally Posted by The Dude View Post
    Excellent work... You are getting excellent results.
    Cheers mate

    Quote Originally Posted by The Dude View Post
    What worked best for me was using natural light by a window and at times defused it with white paper, the most basic the set up the better the results.

    Trial and errors usually worked for me.
    Luckily, my lounge has one wall that is a window, so I get lots of natural light. Trial and error seems to be a daily occurance for me at the mo'.

    Quote Originally Posted by The Dude View Post
    Your Speedmaster pictures are the best, was your set up different for this watch and how did you do your post process?
    Thanks. Usually, I just import the picture (or pictures) from my card reader into Adobe. From there, I use the built in "Fix Window" option, which allows a degree of modification. I think the exposure and camera settings only differed by a factor of one at the most on the X-33 shots compared to the Railmaster and GP. Here's the metadata for the first X-33 picture:

    File change date and time: 2008:03:17 15:01:58
    Image description: OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
    Image input equipment manufacturer: OLYMPUS IMAGING CORP.
    Image input equipment model: SP510UZ
    Software used: Adobe Photoshop Album Starter Edition 3.0
    Exposure time: 3.2
    F number: 2.8
    Exposure program: 1
    ISO speed rating: 100
    Exposure bias: 0
    Maximum lens aperture: 2.97
    Metering mode: 3
    Light source: 3
    Flash: 16
    Lens focal length: 6.3
    Custom rendered: 1
    Exposure mode: 1
    White balance: 1
    Digital zoom ratio: 0
    Scene capture type: 0
    Gain control: 1
    Contrast: 0
    Saturation: 0
    Sharpness: 0

    All the best,
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    Re: What do you think?

    Well done Alex! I too like the X-33 pics. Pretty slow shutter speed you used there, eh? I've had the same experience as Patrick with watch pics. I've used all kinds of studio stuff, but now prefer natural light. Of course, you can't take pics anytime you want.
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    Re: Very good

    Gorgeous pics Alex! Excellently done! Love the GP.
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    Re: Very good

    Thanks RP

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    Re: What do you think?

    Thanks Bruce

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