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#1 Flexmoney

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Posted 25 June 2004 - 10:28 AM

- the final picture needs to be sized to fit this screen.

- lighting for details

Some of the pics that get posted don't have the right light. You can't see the details of the goodies. :(
  • Try to get some type of back lighting (I use a window and sunlight)
  • use a flash to fill in the shadows in the front
  • pick a spot on the gun to "focus" the camera on
  • place the gun on something that reduces glare (I put them on a towel of cloth)
  • If you have a black/blue gun, use light colors around it (your towel) to allow contrast
- composition

Think about what you want to show us. Prop the gun up. Get cool angles. We want to see details.

On an Open gun...show the blow holes dammit! :D

Put "another item" into the picture for scale



Those are my tips...but, I don't know much about this stuff. Hopefully others will add good advice.
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Posted 25 June 2004 - 10:39 AM

Dang, Kyle! You want my job?

Seriously though --- great idea on the contrasting background --- but be careful with white --- as sometimes it can be too glaring. Feel free to open up the shadows a little, especially if the gun's black --- and think hard about what you're trying to do --- are you trying to make art or illustrate a post? The two dictate different approaches most of the time....
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Posted 25 June 2004 - 11:54 AM

Thanks Nik.

Here is an example of a picture that I took...I think I have TOO much light, but I wanted the details to show up.

And, I likely have too much crap in the background...clutters up the shot and distracts from the principle object.

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Posted 25 June 2004 - 02:01 PM

[Edited and thumbnailed the big 1911 picture]

Agreed-- the subject looks good (illustration), but IMHO could use some more cropping and less in-focus distracting background "stuff". The mag and Optima could be left out since they don't seem to be relevant to the 'story'.

It can be hard to get good gun pictures. I typically take a couple dozen just to get one acceptable one. Flash and glare are the usual culprits-- the real photo boys have equipment to handle that, but with a point-n-shoot camera, you have to get creative. Add in all the extra light you can get-- table lamps, windows, etc

The old-standard side-view portrait can be boring unless the blaster in question is significantly different and interesting. Put a little angle onto it and you'll also cut out a lot of your glare problems.

Backdrops are tricky-- I like something non-white, but contrasting and with some texture to it. Try and lift the gun off the background if possible (the single-stack is lying on something small that lifts it about 3/4"). If you lie the gun on the background for a picture, throw some extra light in from the sides to cut down on shadows (the singlestack photo has this as well). If you're taking a chromed gun, pure black backdrops can cause the camera to pour on even more flash, which you probably don't need.

Both of these were taken with a point-and-shoot digital camera-- I usually shoot from as far away as possible and zoom in just to get the flash further away from the subject, and sometimes stick a swatch of scotch tape over the flash as well, to soften it.

Here's one of my favorite shots. It's on the artsy side and there's some stuff wrong with it (go ahead, pick it apart), but there's a few things that came out right; because there aren't any polished parts (except the magwell) aimed directly at the camera, the flash didn't cause excessive glare. The background has some texture to it, but nothing distracting.

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Here's another one.. this time a single-stack. The full-sized version is a bit large and should probably be sized down a bit for regular posting.

Posted ImageClick the picture to get the full-sized shot.

Again the slight angle adds some interest and gets big flat reflecting surfaces away from the direct line-of-flash.

If you do any digital editing, always edit in full resolution and only size down at the very end.

Edited by shred, 03 September 2007 - 12:34 PM.
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Posted 02 January 2005 - 03:04 PM

Now that is an excellent picture of the single stack 1911. Very clean, nice contrast.
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Posted 17 March 2005 - 10:34 AM

Shred cool pics, I like the construction feel of the sigle stack. Jamie

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Posted 27 October 2006 - 10:25 AM

btt...

Maybe some of our photo-stud friends could add some insight ??
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Posted 27 October 2006 - 12:37 PM

Can't see the pic of the single stack, where is
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Posted 27 October 2006 - 12:52 PM

http://www.brianenos...showtopic=28940 has the setup I used for the pic at the beginning of the thread....

I chatted w/ Yamil at the Open Nats about light setups... the stuff Yamil is doing is, well, let's say... Advanced... :D My setup is totally ghetto compared to his, but will hopefully gain a little sophistication soon...
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Posted 16 March 2007 - 09:22 PM

Don't want to get the thread off topic but I can't let this go. Flex i'm sorry but that is the ugliest glock I have ever seen. Just had to get that off my chest.
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Posted 17 March 2007 - 06:56 AM

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Posted 25 May 2009 - 08:42 PM

someone tell me how to get COLOR to show well on a gun pic!? please!
started doing small parts nitre blueing, and just can not get rid of the glare so the color shows. :angry2:
natural light angled, natural light dirrect, natural light angled with flash fill... still get mostly glare, and i need good shots for the website!
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Posted 25 May 2009 - 10:04 PM

My favorite means to take gun porn is no further than my back yard. I like natural light for guns. And I use a tree stump most of the time because it contrasts with my guns well, as well as add a little touch as to my area (PNW). I'm not much of a photography buff, I'd like to get more into it though one day.

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Pencils, bullets, pens through the trigger guard to me always seemed tacky. I use a long piece of bark/branch to prop my gun up and angle the shot so you don't see the prop...

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Stainless steel 1911's and autumn colors contrast very well.

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Posted 12 April 2010 - 07:07 PM

yeah, you gotta make it look stylish and professional...

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Posted 12 May 2010 - 10:02 AM

someone tell me how to get COLOR to show well on a gun pic!? please!
started doing small parts nitre blueing, and just can not get rid of the glare so the color shows. :angry2:
natural light angled, natural light dirrect, natural light angled with flash fill... still get mostly glare, and i need good shots for the website!


A lightbox will help diffuse the light and keep it smooth. You can build one at home for relatively cheap

These pics were taken with a direct light source, not diffused.
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Posted 12 March 2011 - 06:02 PM

My favorite means to take gun porn is no further than my back yard. I like natural light for guns. And I use a tree stump most of the time because it contrasts with my guns well, as well as add a little touch as to my area (PNW). I'm not much of a photography buff, I'd like to get more into it though one day.

Posted Image

Pencils, bullets, pens through the trigger guard to me always seemed tacky. I use a long piece of bark/branch to prop my gun up and angle the shot so you don't see the prop...

Posted Image

Stainless steel 1911's and autumn colors contrast very well.

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