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Always interesting and educational around here. I discovered what 03man said to be true about solid backgrounds, and what krinko said about white backgrounds as well. For me right now and not having a sophisticated light set-up, I prefer something tan or earthy for a background color - blue would be fine if I could fine something blue - but no afghans or busy patterns to distract from the rifle.

I do find rifles much more difficult subjects than handguns. Must be the different hued stocks, larger sizes, shadows, etc. previously mentioned by 03man.

If I were attempting pics for something professional like a book I would try for some really clean background materials, but I also think there is nothing wrong with a little texture in the background for casual shots. Some of the nicest shots I have seen on the boards were backgrounded by army blankets and bits of kit like Denison smocks, holsters and lanyards, ponchos and so forth. I really like those and would like to snap a few when I get some more bits of kit assembled.

Here's one taken by one of the moderators here on the K98 board and over at the G/K43 Forum, Hambone, of an Enfield No. 2 Mk I and some kit, just click on the link inside when opened:

http://gk43forum.com/forum/showthread.php?t=829

Here's one he took of Enfields and handguns, with bits of kit like Denison, jerkin, etc. I like this kind of pic and think they're fun and show the context of the rifle well.

http://gk43forum.com/forum/showthread.php?t=79

And here's an example of a busy background shot that I took that was a learning experience, and below a more recent one.



In this one, I experimented with angling the top Garand a bit to reduce glare. It is less washed out than the Garand in the middle. This is still a trial and error process for me, but I enjoy tinkering with the photos and guns and trying to get a good one snapped.

 

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Clyde,
great illustration of backgrounds, that one on top almost makes me dizzy.

If you pull those wrinkles out of the blanket, it would be a very good background.
 
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