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May 19, 2012
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SasQuatch9585
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I am in the beginning stages of starting a business making and selling hand-carved, custom body jewelry.  For my website, I need a digital camera that can take excellent close-up photos of the pieces I create.

Does anyone out there have any experience in this regard?  I would greatly appreciate any advise offered.

Thanks.

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May 20, 2012
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I'm no a photographer but have learned a few bits from speaking to others about photographing woodturnings.

Most reasonable digital cameras will be fine, especially if they have a macro mode for close ups. The accessories are what can really help.

A tripod is pretty essential to get a clear steady image. If you've not tried it i recommend having a go, it helps so much.

You might also want to think about lighting, and things such as a light diffusing. Small diffusing tents are available quite cheaply if you hunt.

"The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself." - Nietzsche
May 20, 2012
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HI SasQuatch

 

I have done a good bit of still life digital photography over the past 15 years and am willing to add what advice I can

 

1) Purchase a digital camera that allows you to control your shutter speed (exposure time) so that you can control the light levels

 

2) Purchase / build a copy stand … I personally built mine from a SLIK U2000 tripod … and 3 … 150W equivalent CFL bulbs (so I dont burn myself)

 

Do not try to use flash photography as it will leave shadows

 

3) Acquire a good post processing software program … I have heard that GIMP is the best … and it is free … I personally have been using Corel PhotoShop Pro for the past 10 years

 

If using compact fluorescent bulbs (CFL) you will need to add blue to the photograph to balance out the green

 

4) Practice with various exposure times … For my current setup I use either 1/50th or 1/60th of a second depending on how the ambient light (sun) is effecting my shots

 

I am sure I can think of some other things

 

If you wish to see my work

http://www.dicecollector.com/ (still life shots … mostly)

http://www.dicecollector.net/PPW/ (free hand)

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May 29, 2012
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SasQuatch9585
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Thanks to both of you for your advise.  Last weekend I purchased a digital camera and a few accessories and I've taken some very sharp pictures in macro mode.

I'll be experimenting more as I make more jewelry, but I am very please so far.  You can see some of the pictures on my facebook here, and I'll also be posting a few others in another thread.

Again, thanks.

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June 23, 2012
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Sasquatch, I also recommend getting one of these! http://www.amazon.com/Idirectm…..ble+studio

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June 24, 2012
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Yeah, I'm definitely thinking of making one of those.  Seems like it would be easy to make from a few dowel rods, some fabric, and some poster board.  That'll make some great photos for the website.  Just gotta get some damned capital going.

Soon though…soon.

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June 24, 2012
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Awesome. Out of curiosity, what camera do you use? I'm a bit of a hobbyist photographer.

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June 24, 2012
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June 25, 2012
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Regarding making your own light box … I have tried several things over the past 15 years and to be honest .. naked light (at least 3 point .. if not 4 point) seems to be the best .. if you know how to white balance .. you can make just about any kind of direct light seem to be daylight

 

For example … the following photo was taken at night using naked 150W equivalent CF bulbs and white balanced with Blue back to this result

http://www.dicecollector.com/M…..012_04.jpg

 

As to cameras

Kodak P880 ( for most of my normal dice pics)

Canon 5D Mk II (for when I really need to get a good shot)

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June 25, 2012
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Kevin,

I was thinking of leaving one side of the light box open so I could use naked light for sharp highlights, the other side I'd use blue fabric for softer counter lighting.

So far all the pictures I've taken of my work have been lit by overhead lamps and natural light filtering through the windows.  Still getting good results as far as I'm concerned, so I may not bother with the light box at first.

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June 25, 2012
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I agree .. I used homemade light boxes for years .. til I got down my shooting technique

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