Good Camera for taking gun pictures.
Firearm & Gun Forum - FireArmsTalk.com > Handguns > Semi-Auto Handguns > 1911 Forum > Good Camera for taking gun pictures.

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 06-04-2012, 01:08 PM   #1
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
beaglesam's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Southwest Ohio
Posts: 2,013
Liked 698 Times on 487 Posts
Likes Given: 1099

Default Good Camera for taking gun pictures.

Not really sure where to put this thread, but since most of my pistols are 1911's I put it here. Most of the pictures I have taken have not been very clear. I've tried flash, no flash, macro. What are your suggestions for a new camera or camera settings.

__________________
beaglesam is offline  
 
Reply With Quote

Join FirearmsTalk.com Today - It's Free!

Are you a firearms enthusiast? Then we hope you will join the community. You will gain access to post, create threads, private message, upload images, join groups and more.

Firearms Talk is owned and operated by fellow firearms enthusiasts. We strive to offer a non-commercial community to learn and share information.

Join FirearmsTalk.com Today! - Click Here


Old 06-04-2012, 02:39 PM   #2
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
limbkiller's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: georgetown,ky
Posts: 1,312
Liked 920 Times on 488 Posts
Likes Given: 671

Default

http://www.1911addicts.com/showthread.php?268-Photographing-guns-with-a-quot-Point-amp-Shoot-quot-camera
__________________

USMC 74-78

limbkiller is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 06-04-2012, 05:27 PM   #3
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
MrWray's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Oklahoma
Posts: 6,372
Liked 1000 Times on 598 Posts
Likes Given: 16

Default

Your lighting can have alot to do with it too, i use my 8mp camera on my phone and it takes really good pictures, but sometimes its hard to get the right lighting to take a good clear pic.

__________________

Semper paratus.....virtute et armis

MrWray is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 06-04-2012, 06:00 PM   #4
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
canebrake's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: 150 miles NE of Sloppy Joe's Bar
Posts: 21,941
Liked 1419 Times on 808 Posts
Likes Given: 1290

Default

Shoot outside in daylight. Diffused, not direct works best. The closer to noon will eliminate shadows.

Flash will more than likely mess with the true color.

Keep the photo simple, and the gun the focus of the photo.

A photo that is busy with multiple subjects is hard to make work.

__________________
http://i695.photobucket.com/albums/v...brake02jpg.jpg

http://i1060.photobucket.com/albums/...ps18cfbeae.jpg

Get her dirty, then clean her so she starts to respect you. When her trust is complete, she will serve you well for a lifetime!

"...if doves shot back, there wouldn't be a need for a bag limit."
- orangello
canebrake is offline  
utf59 Likes This 
Reply With Quote
Old 06-04-2012, 06:02 PM   #5
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
MrWray's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Oklahoma
Posts: 6,372
Liked 1000 Times on 598 Posts
Likes Given: 16

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by canebrake
Shoot outside in daylight. Diffused, not direct works best. The closer to noon will eliminate shadows.

Flash will more than likely mess with the true color.

Keep the photo simple, and the gun the focus of the photo.

A photo that is busy with multiple subjects is hard to make work.
Excellent advice cane....as always
__________________

Semper paratus.....virtute et armis

MrWray is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 06-05-2012, 12:37 AM   #6
FTF_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Detroit,mi
Posts: 2,789
Liked 869 Times on 524 Posts
Likes Given: 193

Default

bounce flash if your flash is adjustable

Cloudy day for true diffused lighting

Watch the white balance setting, or post process the raw data file.

__________________
partdeux is offline  
utf59 Likes This 
Reply With Quote
Old 06-05-2012, 01:21 AM   #7
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
SSGN_Doc's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2012
Posts: 4,346
Liked 2188 Times on 1290 Posts
Likes Given: 475

Default

I use a Nikon coolpics. If you are trying to get good detailed pics of certain parts diffused light is good and a tripod helps keep the camera steady.

Another trick is to shoot pics of the gun sitting in the bottom of a white bathtub with some extra lamps in the room. All of the reflected light off the white tub from every direction fills in a lot of shadow, and makes the gun almost apear to be floating.

__________________
SSGN_Doc is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 06-05-2012, 03:52 PM   #8
FTF_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
utf59's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Orange Park,FL
Posts: 671
Liked 42 Times on 23 Posts
Likes Given: 53

Default

beaglesam,

It would help to know what kind of camera you have. It would also help if you posted a couple of sample pictures. Then we could see exactly what issues you're having.

There has been some good advice posted already, and you're going to get a lot of other suggestions, many of which may not work for your equipment and what you are able or willing to do.

In general, good photography requires good lighting. That means not only strong light, but indirect/diffused light if possible, and filling in shadows.

If your camera has a white balance feature, use it. Newer cameras often do this automatically, but I have had a couple of cameras that I had to use the menu to balance.

Guns tend to reflect light, and they'll give you sharp highlights, even dark guns. Wipe off excess oil, and use diffused lighting.

Plus what everyone else said.

__________________

"An armed society is a polite society." — Robert A. Heinlein

"After a shooting spree, they always want to take the guns away from the people who didn't do it. I sure as hell wouldn't want to live in a society where the only people allowed guns are the police and the military."
— William S. Burroughs

utf59 is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 06-06-2012, 03:50 PM   #9
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Albuquerque,New Mexico
Posts: 165
Liked 26 Times on 23 Posts
Likes Given: 1

Default

Quote:
Flash will more than likely mess with the true color.
It shouldn't. A flash is daylight balanced and at 5400K - 5600K - you can't see 200 Kelvin color difference unless you're trained and have really, really, good eyes.

However, the key with a digital camera is white balance. That is everything for correct color unless you know your way around photo editing software - in which case you do what I do, shoot everything at 5600K and tweak it in post processing.

On camera flash without a diffuser is a real problem at close range because of hot spots - bounce flash or a softbox much better. Sunlight filtered through a white sheet, white photo reflector, etc. should also work. You can do a lot by using a white sheet as a filter scrim, and then using a silver reflector for fill.
__________________
buckhorn_cortez is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 06-06-2012, 05:13 PM   #10
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Olympus's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Posts: 2,300
Liked 429 Times on 282 Posts
Likes Given: 34

Default

It's not about the camera so much as about the lighting. Also, most of the really cool looking photos have been edited using some type of photo editing software.

__________________
Olympus is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Firearms Forum Replies Last Post
lady arrested for taking pictures. downsouth Politics, Religion and Controversy 28 05-18-2012 02:23 PM
Here is a HELL of a good argument for having a "silent" meat taking gun Dillinger General Rifle Discussion 12 02-26-2011 03:59 PM
Taking the Fifth... Mark F The Club House 1 02-26-2010 02:02 PM