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Making a Clear Picture, Without Sky-shine.

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Blog entry by WoodMosaics posted 1972 days ago 1461 reads 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have found in the past when I have tried to take pictures of my work, when it has a shinny top that it almost always had like a fog or film over it. That the design was not distinct on the top of the item, when I took the picture. I would have it on a set-up like this.

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This is how it invariably turned out.

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I now use a set-up such as this. (Now isn’t that pretty?) (Don’t mind the junk)

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This is how it turns out now.

So,——What made the difference? What is up over it is the difference. You want the day light for good color but you don’t want the sky over it, it will reflect on the item and give you what I call “sky shine”. Having it just inside of a doorway, the roof of the shed,—trailer, or what ever it is you use is dark and don’t reflect back at you. Think of the item as a mirror, so you don’t want to be able to see light.

Now with my setup some people might think that the surrounding clutter detracts from the item, (can you imagine such a thing happening?) Even the cart top itself is not the prettiest, but it serves it purpose of holding the item. I get around that problem by cutting it out, so all that is seen is the object I made.

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Is it prettier now without the clutter around it? Or do you still see the clutter in your mind?

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I hope this helps when you are trying to take some of your pictures of your shinny woodwork.

Thank You for looking,
Robin Tucker

-- It’s not so much what we know that causes the trouble, it’s what we know that’s not so.



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Scott Bryan

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#1 posted 1972 days ago

Robin, thanks for the photography help. I will remember this the next time I am taking a picture of a project.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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taidsturning

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#2 posted 1971 days ago

A very good suggestion.

-- Bill Roberts -- Steal one idea it's called plagerism. Steal a bunch - it's called research

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MsDebbieP

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#3 posted 1971 days ago

what clutter?

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#4 posted 1937 days ago

Robin,
Again thank you for the advice :\Larry

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ lazylarrywoodworks.com.au For lovers of all things timber...

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jaysuzi

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#5 posted 322 days ago

Thanks for the tip – I will have to try that. I know I have been disappointed with some of my pictures that I have taken.

-- Jay in Pennsylvania

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