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#1 Roderick

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Posted 16 December 2017 - 10:04 AM

1/5th, f7.1, ISO 100, 68mm, tripod

Last week's live show was about product photography so I gave it a try.

I learned that product photography is hard !

The attention to detail that's required is infinite (or so it seems to me).

Not great, but fun to do.

 

I found this set of videos which I found interesting and also this Aussi bloke who shows you how to do it on a shoestring.

https://www.youtube....rmpB0pNjJSgXp2w

 

 

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Posted 16 December 2017 - 10:29 AM

I want to try this as well. Maybe place the GPS product in center since that is the subject, and maybe a brighter exposure too. I like the props and story of your image. Very creative and perfect!

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Posted 16 December 2017 - 12:11 PM

Interesting. TFS



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Posted 16 December 2017 - 03:24 PM

Thanks Mark & John ( A bit of a bible thing emerging here, dontcha think ? B) )

Mark, I re-cropped it and brightened it a bit..

A lot of the sexy product photography seem to have a pure black or white background.

Whatever happened to girls in bikinis and cowboy hats waving automatic rifles while standing on Ford mustang bonnets/hoods ?

It's the way I'd advertise organic baby food, anyway....

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Posted 17 December 2017 - 01:44 AM

Good stuff Rod.  I bought a bunch of cheap lights and stuff last year to experiment.  You can control all of the variables and try all kinds of different settings.  I ended up getting distracted before I really accomplished anything.  Maybe a Captain tribute if you have the LP's? ;)


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Posted 17 December 2017 - 08:38 AM

Ni hao, Jonny ;)

Light is so fascinating.

I have one wireless speedlite but I think I need a big soft box.

 

The Dustin bloke who does the Workphlo videos demonstrates some great techniques, but he talks at 100 mph !

 

WRT The Captain, he's my ringtone at the moment so he's never far from disturbing a quiet church service or boring business meeting...

I stumbled onto 1970's music on youtube and am listing to a lot of ELO today. Jeff Lynne is some bloke. He's touring next year and coming to Dublin so I might catch his live act.


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Posted 17 December 2017 - 03:46 PM

WHAT WERE YOUR SETTINGS ROD.....? (-: Jeff Lynne and Bob Dylan are the only two of the Traveling Wilburys still alive...pity. I would respectfully suggest the Wilburys for your next visit down the musical memory lane...(-:


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Posted 18 December 2017 - 06:39 AM

Oh? So it's like this, is it Geedee ? ;)

My settings were, let us say, sporadic..

The Wilburys were/are a beautiful creation. Jeff Lynne is such a class act and a true gent.  Not to mention an amazing talent.

Dean Ford of Marmalade fame is another icon. If "Reflections Of My Life" doesn't affect you emotionally, then you must be, in reality, not Geedee but Jason Statham :ph34r: , which isn't such a bad thing by the way.

 

On another subject check out T&C's latest vid How to Photograph Flying Birds.

Watch it to the end, for a very "pun-ishing" finale....



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Posted 20 December 2017 - 03:26 AM

Thanks for the heads-up on C&T`s BIF vid Rod.

 

Jeez do I feel inadequate watching Chelsea capturing images hand held with that big long lens, when I struggle to get anything sharp with a 70-200 even at f2.8.... but then the lack of light in these parts can seem somewhat restrictive re shutter speeds..... OOOPS ! was that me typing relative to.. err.. SETTINGS.. (-:



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Posted 20 December 2017 - 12:56 PM

It may be presumptuous but I don't always agree with T&C about wildlife photography ( saw Tony post on the FB side on a BIF image that 1/1000 was a good ss ) but this video is really good basic information. Although I don't know of any other known wildlife photographers that recommend shooting BIF handheld one reason to do so is if you are constantly moving around and a tripod is too cumbersome or impractical for the situation. If that is the case I have a solution that is not perfect but works better for me than hand holding 99% of the time. I use a Gitzo GM4552L monopod with a light weight low profile Induro GHB-1 Gimbal head. I add an Aquatech monopod wrap to the system to make carrying more comfortable. I know it is unorthodox to use a gimbal head with a monopod but I find it works better for moving subjects than a ball head and is far superior to hand holding. It is as portable as hand holding and actually makes it more comfortable to carry ( on the shoulder ) than holding the camera. It works well for me. 

https://www.bhphotov...nopod_Wrap.html

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Posted 21 December 2017 - 10:02 AM

Thanks John.

Sounds like an effective solution. I have a gimbal head but it's a cheap chinese knock-off and not particularly lightweight.

I have a Manfrotto 390 monopod and a Manfrotto 234RC head.  It's not a ball head since it only moves in one axis but works well on a monopod and is fairly light.

That wrap is a good idea.

What pains me is having three sets of incompatible shoe adapters for the tripod, the gimbal and the monopod.

Its like the tyranny of the mobile phone battery chargers.  Something should be done ! :ph34r:






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