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spaids

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10-28-2010 08:57 PM

Photography is not a woodworking skill but in the year 2010 its just about as important as sharpening a chisel. Lets start a thread with links to the best photographed projects on lumberjocks. Then from there we can all go and bug the crap out of those woodworkers to hold out hands during our photo efforts.

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spaids

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#1 posted 10-28-2010 09:01 PM

Light tent review

http://lumberjocks.com/reviews/1599

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interpim

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#2 posted 10-28-2010 09:19 PM

I made my own photo tent… it’s the second picture in this project post.
http://lumberjocks.com/projects/30462

To bad the movers crushed it. I have to get off my butt and make a new one eventually.

-- San Diego, CA

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#3 posted 10-28-2010 09:40 PM

Light tents are definitely a good start, though they get tricky for bigger projects. I made a homemade one from a hollowed-out box and a white sheet and even with a point-and-shoot digital camera the increase in quality was incredible. Took all of about 15 minutes, though I plan to replace it was something more substantial in the near future.

-- Dan Chiappetta, NYC, http://www.9x7woodworks.com

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#4 posted 10-28-2010 10:08 PM

and if you have furniture stuff you need to phtoghraff
if you can´t do it with the natural light alone but need to lighten up the shadows
then have an exstra hand holding a big peice of styroform to stear some of the light in to the shadowside
work great with potraitphoto
you can even make a big wall you can put around the opject
only with a small hole for the objective and that way get totely shadowfree lightning
with blitzlight if you want

Dennis

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#5 posted 10-28-2010 10:25 PM

I would definitely welcome that. It would also be a big help with items on my etsy store.

-- Kevin, Blue Springs, MO

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#6 posted 10-28-2010 10:32 PM

For furniture pieces, a light box made up of PVC pipe, and plain while sheets can provide a reasonably clean, uncluttered background to contrast your pieces… Sheets can be had from Goodwill on the cheap. But coming by regular old white sheets might be tough…

One thing that I haven’t seen mentioned here is… The tripod. No matter if I am shooting with the DSLR, the camcorder, or the point & shoot, my photography is MILES better with using a tripod or other sort of support / steady…

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#7 posted 10-28-2010 10:33 PM

interpim, I like the photo tent you made.
Like it says in my review of the photo tent, I thought about making one, but wanted to store it better since I don’t have much space in my shop or house. I love the portability of the one I got. It helps greatly in taking better photos, even with a cheap camera.

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#8 posted 10-28-2010 10:49 PM

Photography is something that I truly love and is really a good hobby of mine. Unfortunately I have never learned the first thing about it other than through trial and error and it shows in all of my photos. I welcome any kind of quick tip thing on photography. Let’s face it, we all use it.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#9 posted 10-28-2010 10:49 PM

dbhost thank´s for mention it
I use that all the time and its just naturel for me to have it with me all the time
so I did´t thought it cuold be unknown to people
just buy a tripod on the heavey side and not a light inexpencive one
becourse they often shake more than with freehanded but you can help that
by hanging a bag with stone on it or if you have a heavey photobag use that
and when we talk tripods the 4th leg in the mittle you can raise and lower ceep
it low as possiple this will also help preventing from shaked pictures

Dennis

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#10 posted 10-28-2010 10:51 PM

Good Idea I can certainly use lots of improvement on my Photography.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#11 posted 10-28-2010 11:03 PM

if you use a blitz with a head that can be turned from side to side or up and down
then let it baunche from the ceilling (if white) or against a cheap photo umbrella
the wider the softer its reflect the light

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Chip

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#12 posted 10-29-2010 12:20 AM

This is well photographed, done professionally, but shows some basic rules of thumb:

http://lumberjocks.com/projects/36077

1. Light from a number of different directions. This gives the piece depth and detail.
2. Soften the light with some sort of diffuser. Cuts down on any glare or harshness.
3. Put your piece on some sort of seamless background. Other stuff in the pic only distracts from your work.
4. Stabilize your camera. There are a number of ways to do this like a tripod or set the camera on a desk or table.

Follow those few rules and you’ll be amazed how much better your pics will look.

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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