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Old 02-15-2010, 08:05 AM   #11
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Great post & info, Tango!


I have a not too shabby point&shoot Pentax, now I need a gun. And all I got to do is wait about 9 more months, ha



Can I ask the Mighty Oracle...what about lighting re firearms photos? Good pics I've seen seem to use well-reflected natural light sources, not a flash (which could produce less-than-aesthetic flaring on hard surfaces etc). Can really see the need for a tripod here!

What say you on this?

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So when are we going to have the picture contest that was mentioned months ago?

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I'll chime in on this one.

The problem with using flash for lighting is just like you said...it's hard to control and know where the flash spikes are going to hit on metal surfaces. Natural lighting in a room is much easier to control (especially if it's fairly bright outside).

For that reason, YES, if you have a tripod, use it, so you can slow down the shutter speed and let more light in through your aperture. The down side is that, with the slow shutter speed, unless you can hold the camera PERFECTLY STILL, the photos will be blurry....hence the tripod.

Don't know Pentax cameras, but the tendency with most "point and shoot" cameras is that most users use them in full-auto mode, which will rule what I said previously null and void. If you still have your owner's manual, just read a little about shutter speed and aperture and it will tell you what setting on the camera to use to achieve the desired results.

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For the best shots I make a soft box out of 5 or 6 sheets of card stock taped together at the edges with the front one having a hole cut into it. Position your gun in the box and snap the picture the white paper will reflect the flash all over the box giving you a great picture.









If you take a lot of photos like me Having a studio in a box is a good thing. Here is the one I am buying I have been looking around for one.

http://www.walmart.com/catalog/product.do?product_id=13081451

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Yeah, I have to get me one of those.....but, if you don't want to invest in one, improvisation can work well in this case.

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I'll chime in on this one.

The problem with using flash for lighting is just like you said...it's hard to control and know where the flash spikes are going to hit on metal surfaces. Natural lighting in a room is much easier to control (especially if it's fairly bright outside).

For that reason, YES, if you have a tripod, use it, so you can slow down the shutter speed and let more light in through your aperture. The down side is that, with the slow shutter speed, unless you can hold the camera PERFECTLY STILL, the photos will be blurry....hence the tripod.

Don't know Pentax cameras, but the tendency with most "point and shoot" cameras is that most users use them in full-auto mode, which will rule what I said previously null and void. If you still have your owner's manual, just read a little about shutter speed and aperture and it will tell you what setting on the camera to use to achieve the desired results.

Thanks for that confirmation & info, lonyaeger


I know, I'm sure my camera would have a 'manual' setting, heh. You get both lazy & spoiled with simple digi-cams hey...it's a long way from the days of fully manual film SLRs I grew up using!
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If you guys are serious about taking a lot of photos and have $50 to plonk down, I would recommend Portable Photo Studio, which you could of course turn into a DYI project by taking a look at some of the really neat ideas from this site: Home Studio | DIYPhotography.net

The cool thing about the Portable Photo Studio is that it already comes with the lights and a tripod. Good thing to have if you ever take pictures of your toys or when you sell stuff online.

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For those looking for taking a stab at editing your photos or touching them up, check out GIMP. It's a free Photoshop alternative with a ton of the same features.

GIMP - The GNU Image Manipulation Program

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For those looking for taking a stab at editing your photos or touching them up, check out GIMP. It's a free Photoshop alternative with a ton of the same features.

GIMP - The GNU Image Manipulation Program

Paint.NET is also good...if you can hack the evil that is .NET framework
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