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Thread: Wanted - Idiot's Guide to Watch Photography

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    Wanted - Idiot's Guide to Watch Photography

    Prompted by the forthcoming sales attempt on my Chronostop, I wonder if any kind photgenius would care to spend a few minutes advising me on how to capture images of a suitable standard to enhance my prospects of a sale.

    I have a low-end Fuji 6500 bridge, a light tent composed of a white cotton pillowcase stretched over a wire frame dangled over by an anglepoise lamp.

    I have no experience of any save the auto modes.
    I suspect that were I to explore the various other options on the select shooting mode rotating switch I would find a better mode.
    I find it impossible to avoid glare when shooting stainless or polished watch cases.

    Is it possible to impart a few hints to set me along the path of real photography?

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    There is a useful guide by former member WingTsun

    & there's a bit in here ... The basics of watch photography From this Digital Photography Forum

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    Many thanks Zelig

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    Ming did a series worth reading - part 1 is here and there are a further 2 parts.

    Part 1 - https://blog.mingthein.com/2012/03/0...-introduction/

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    Paul Delury published a "Bible" on watch photography a long time ago on timezone:

    http://people.timezone.com/pauld/tzp...e1_basics.html

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    Thanks everyone; that's me sorted while the soaps are on.

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    Don't use the camera's close-up / macro settings modes … they will likely use a too wide focal length in the zoom range.

    Consider adding an achromatic supplementary close-up lens to the zoom lens and use a longish focal length … which will enable a longer lens to subject distance.

    The best close-up lens to use is the Raynox 150 which costs approx £55 but would be good investment and is usable on many lenses

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Raynox-DCR-...rds=raynox+150

    Once used you'll likely wonder why you didn't acquire same or similar previously … it's a ACHROMAT i.e. not just a single element c/u lens

    A cheaper option is a set of single element supplementary c/u lenses but you'd need to stop the zoom lens well down for best results

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Neewer®-Clo...lose+up+lenses


    If you want to understand why reflections and glare happen, please consider studying the following

    https://www.digitalphotopro.com/tech...y-of-angles/3/

    … it's all about the 'family of angles' … study same and you'll be able to control the lighting to prevent reflections


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    Last edited by sundial; 3rd December 2018 at 01:35.
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