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Post by thirdfloorgirl on Mon Mar 09, 2009 11:29 pm

Like I said a month ago, I built a lightbox to take pictures of vintage jewellery a friend of mine collects. It's been a learning experience, as I had to work with a flash and I am not used to it, and working with shiny things is not always easy. Not to mention how tired my back was after spending 5 hours bent over my camera... But, I think they turned out alright, but I need to learn more about this, I seem to have a real hard time with my white balance... The only shot that was really good without being photoshoped, was the first one, but I added two more... It's not the stuff I would usually do, but it was a good learning experience!








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Post by Kenneth Armstrong on Mon Mar 09, 2009 11:54 pm

I think they turned out great, hopefully your friend is happy with them.

The first one is especially nice.
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Post by Nando on Tue Mar 10, 2009 8:28 am

I think that your friend should be very happy with the results. You did a good job.
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Post by thirdfloorgirl on Tue Mar 10, 2009 7:43 pm

We are not done... We have only covered half of her inventory!!!!!!!!!! So... hopefully the second half will go well... She was very happy with the results so far.

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Post by crowellphotographs on Wed Mar 11, 2009 9:55 am

Great shots!

There's my absolute LEAST favorite part of photography. Metal and glass thru a light tent. ICK!!! You however seem to have done really well.

I really like the first ones. With pieces like the last one, you may have to close up any openings in the tent. Still beautiful.


Thanks for sharing.
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Post by Kenneth Armstrong on Wed Mar 11, 2009 10:14 am

The only constructive criticism I can give is to watch your backgrounds. They probably should be more uniform, but other than that you're doing good work.
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Post by thirdfloorgirl on Wed Mar 11, 2009 10:59 am

I still have not mastered the totally white background... I tried to do what you told me (take a picture of just the background and use that setting) but... I don't seem to be able to get the same result on each photo... When I got home, I realized my LCD on my camera was a lot brighter than my computer screen... they were so much darker than what I had originally seen on the display, so I played with Photoshop (no expert here!) and adjusted the levels... But as the day went buy, I noticed the change in lighting, and how it affected the shot (like in the 3rd picture)... I was also getting very tired, and so was my back! Fortunately, a colleague of mine has been doing photography for years ( actually did it for a living for a while ) and she has helped me a lot with just little things I should know... which were very helpful!

Thanks the comments Colin! And Ken, I will try to get the same results as the first and second pictures for the upcoming 150 or so pieces left we have to shoot! OUCH!
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Post by bjotoole on Wed Mar 11, 2009 12:58 pm

I've never done anything like this, so I can't really speak from experience, but perhaps the link below will have some tips to help you out for your next round of shooting.

Link - DIY Lightbox

Also, for your white balance, if you're not already doing so, shooting in RAW format will definitely help with making adjustments in post.

I think the results turned out pretty darn good... I'd be happy with them. Good luck with the rest of the shots.
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