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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.
 

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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.
 

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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.
 

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canebrake said:
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
 

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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.
 

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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.
 

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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.
 

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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.
 

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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.
 
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