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iconnumber posted 10-03-2009 09:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for chase33     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

Hi all

I recently took the plunge a bought a new digital camera (with image stabilization, 12 megapixels, macro setting etc.). Compared to my old one, the new pictures are so much better. However I was hoping I might get a little feedback on my results. I read through previous posts and was able to incorporate many of the great ideas that others have shared so far. I used the "lamp shade" box idea to take this picture and while I don't have Photoshop, I did "enhance" it with the Windows Photo Gallery software.

Any comments or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Here is a hallmark that I took as well:

Thank you


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iconnumber posted 10-04-2009 08:00 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for chase33     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
PS the first piece is a waffle knife. Anyone have any ideas why it was called a knife rather than a server?


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iconnumber posted 10-04-2009 11:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ahwt     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Your photos look great. The blue background on the first really does show off the silver in an attractive way. Maybe is it the contrast that makes it so effective.

I would not have known that your server was considered a waffle knife. The term knife does seem out of place.

On the other hand waffles may have been served uncut and perhaps the guest was expected to just cut off a small segment.

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iconnumber posted 10-06-2009 12:10 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for chase33     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks AHWT for your comments.

Btw I should have cropped them before I posted but didn't realize it until it was too late LOL.


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iconnumber posted 11-05-2009 04:11 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Kimo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
They look pretty good - congrats!

One suggestion is to maybe try a bit more light.

Also, you might think about eventually buying a purpose built light stage which should improve your results over the lampshade approach. They are not very expensive.

[This message has been edited by Kimo (edited 11-05-2009).]

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iconnumber posted 01-02-2010 01:43 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Clive E Taylor     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
One or two suggestions.

You can use daylight directly from a window if you cover the actual light path with a sheet or two of bubblewrap. If it's used and a bit crumpled, no problem . But old selotape (for Australians that the clear adhesive tape) can give slight colour cast problems as will tinted bubblewrap. You can actually make a light box of this material .

If you have just bought your silver , do not clean very thoroughly . Leave a bit of dirt to give contrast and definition of edges.

Pieces of card make great refectors for daylight - I use sheets of white bond circa 16 inches (400mm) by 12inches (300mm) and cut to suit the situation.

Run a lead from your camera to a computer monitor to access the effect of lighting .

Always rephotograph if you're not happy with the results. Film was expensive and time consuming, digital you can learn form you mistakes and rectify in minutes .

Remember that silver is technical basically impossible to photo well . It's either black or white. Despite even a good grey patination that holds true. So whatever you do is going to be a fraud , but if you get it right will look even better than the original.

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iconnumber posted 10-30-2011 04:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Scott Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
See also New camera-need suggestions

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