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Digital Photography or how I wasted a Saturday

I started out today to take a couple of pictures of a few weapons to post. However, I got a little anal and wanted to take a descent picture with out the help of photoshop. I started a digital photography class a while back but dropped it after the instructor spent 3 hours going through a book looking at pictures showing one that was with a 18-55 lens and one taken with  a telescopic lens.

So today I just have a few pieces taken at different F stops, ISO and speeds. I also changed the back ground a little to help if needed.

So first off this is my photo tent being used outside with normal lighting.

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The first set was taken with these settings.


ISO 400
F16
1/1250
And this is how they turn out.
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Way to dark  so I called a friend who does a lot of picture taking and his recommendation for changes to the camera.
second set
ISO 600
F 8
1/250
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DSC_3982sSo after a little more chatting this is what we came up with for settings.
ISO 400
F 11
1/250
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DSC_3994sAs you can see the pistol frame is looking much better but the rifle receiver is still to washed out.
Same settings but with a darker back ground.
DSC_4000sYou can see that the trigger guard is still to dark but the receiver is okay. So the setting were changed again and a light diffusion card was place in front of the receiver.
ISO 400
F 10
1/250
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DSC_4003sYou can see the lever and trigger guard much clearer.
The next trip will be to buy back ground paper and try again. There is a lot to taking good pictures and I am a slow learner, but I still keep trying.

2 comments to Digital Photography or how I wasted a Saturday

  • Orin

    Hi Chuck,

    My photos are not near as good as yours but the combination of natural light and a green background works good for me. I went to the local fabric store and bought a piece of Loden green felt.

  • Calle

    Perhaps a quick google for “light tent” is in order? They’re quite simple to make, and should be perfect for photographing pistols etc. :)

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