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Bob in OHIO
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Posted - 05/31/2006 : 8:20:34 PM
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Guys often ask about my camera rig or for suggestions. I thought I would comment on some basics tips for good photography. God, I hate the bubba pics I so often see...

Hardware: Essential is a camera with optical zoom AND macro features. My camera is a Fuji S602z that has a macro and super macro feature for really close-up work. The working distance is less than 2" from the lens! Not essential: Tons of mega pixels... my camera is has a lowly 3.3m pixel resolution. Also, forget about a tripod! It's not necessary, cumbersome and just too time consuming.

Lighting: Essential is indirect sunlight. I shoot on a cloudy day or in the shade. Forget direct sunlight... shadows will abound and it's just too harsh of light. Trust me!

Photography experience: Well, it is helpful to understand something about depth of field and shutter speed stuff and compostion, but certainly not required. I do have some experience with the basics but no formal training... Bottomline, it is very doable without ANY training but easier with some experience...

Composition: Well, good pics require you eliminate bad juju in the background. I don't like to see yellow toe nails or the dog bone or floral bedspreads or JoeJoe the gun plumber's ash tray in the background. Chose a neutral background and use some software to crop out the crap (see below).

General Myths: Good Photography takes tons of time, knowledge, equipment, and the file size is a killer. Wrong! I can shoot a rifle in 15 minutes! The only equipment I have is a decent camera and software to crop and rotate etc as needed. Adobe Photoshop is what I use for software. No special tripod or stand is needed. Most my pics are off a picnic table in the shade... File size is actually small after I resize. The final file size (~40kb) is about 10% of the original size that the camera produces.

Oh yeah. Here's my million dollar sling, clg41 marked etc that came on a $250 dou41 that I snagged 5 yrs ago...
















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Edited by - Bob in OHIO on 05/31/2006 8:31:43 PM

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Posted - 05/31/2006 : 8:29:19 PM
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Excellent post Bob! Learning to take pics and post them here will open all kinds of doors for collectors. I need to use better light for my pics, thanks for the tip.


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Posted - 05/31/2006 : 8:36:11 PM
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Bob, Good idea tossing this reminder out for everyone...there is a lot of bad pics of beautiful rifles...it's all about the light, direct flash is the enemy, if you shoot a lot indoors, an external bounce flash is the way to go if your camera has a hot shoe.


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Posted - 06/01/2006 : 02:17:05 AM
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Great post, Bob, and very instructional. Thank you!

To the mods: can we post this at the top as a sticky?

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Clyde from Carolina
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Posted - 06/01/2006 : 04:56:58 AM
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Good info, Bob. I'm always looking for tips on better picture taking. John Holbrook posted some great information on Culver's a while back and his pistol pics are really amazing.

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Posted - 06/01/2006 : 05:36:12 AM
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Good tips Bob! Thanks for sharing.

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Posted - 06/01/2006 : 05:43:16 AM
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Good stuff, Bob.

...boy, that auction with the big dogbone pic still irks you, huh? :)

Jeff

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Posted - 06/01/2006 : 08:14:06 AM
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Good stuff BiO!

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Posted - 06/01/2006 : 9:46:30 PM
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Bob,

A great job indeed. Thanks for the tips !

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Hot Shoe and External Flash.

As someone mentioned, a camera with a hot shoe and a flash head that rotates.

As a rule, if my subject is sitting on the floor, rotating the flash head at full power and bouncing off the ceiling will give you soft, even lighting.

For an interesting sidelit effect, bounce it off various walls until you get the desired effect.

Unlike shooting with the flash pointed directly at the subject, bouncing a flash will help to eliminate overexposure and glare.

This allows you to shoot indoors, with beautiful results, and the direction of your light source will always be the same.

If you use the same spot on the floor in the same room with the flash head pointed at the same angle, once you find your favorite exposure, you can go straight to it each time.

An inexpensive alternative to studio lights is to buy a daylight "colored" light bulb of 100 watts or so, and an inexpensive aluminum clamp or reflector at the hardware store and shine onto your project.



This is my camera: http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/panasonicfz20/
(Panasonic FZ-20)

This is my flash: http://www.sunpak.com/flash/383.html
(Sunpak 383)

A couple of close up photos using bounce flash:



 
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