Approve the Cookies
This website uses cookies to improve your user experience. By using this site, you agree to our use of cookies. Read More.
OK
Index  •   • New posts  •   • RTAT  •   • 'Best of'  •   • Gallery  •   • Gear  •   • Reviews
Guest
New posts  •   • RTAT  •   • 'Best of'  •   • Gallery  •   • Gear  •   • Reviews
Register to forums    Log in

 
FORUMS Photo Sharing & Visual Enjoyment Still Life, B/W & Experimental 
Thread started 12 Jan 2010 (Tuesday) 21:03
Search threadPrev/next
sponsored links
(this ad will go away when you log in as a registered member)

Woodwork photography

 
sperho
Member
Avatar
164 posts
Joined Jan 2007
     
Jan 12, 2010 21:03 |  #1

I've been photographing some woodworker friends' pieces lately. These are all lit with Speedlites and I'm working toward doing this kind of thing professionally for use in their portfolios or guild submissions. Constructive criticism would be great, thanks...

IMAGE NOT FOUND
IMAGE IS A REDIRECT OR MISSING!
HTTP response: 404 | MIME changed to 'text/html' | Byte size: ZERO



IMAGE NOT FOUND
IMAGE IS A REDIRECT OR MISSING!
HTTP response: 404 | MIME changed to 'text/html' | Byte size: ZERO

My main site (external link).

  
  LOG IN TO REPLY
sponsored links
(this ad will go away when you log in as a registered member)
sperho
THREAD ­ STARTER
Member
Avatar
164 posts
Joined Jan 2007
     
Jan 12, 2010 21:03 |  #2

Another piece:

IMAGE NOT FOUND
IMAGE IS A REDIRECT OR MISSING!
HTTP response: 404 | MIME changed to 'text/html' | Byte size: ZERO



IMAGE NOT FOUND
IMAGE IS A REDIRECT OR MISSING!
HTTP response: 404 | MIME changed to 'text/html' | Byte size: ZERO

My main site (external link).

  
  LOG IN TO REPLY
sperho
THREAD ­ STARTER
Member
Avatar
164 posts
Joined Jan 2007
     
Jan 12, 2010 21:04 |  #3

And one more:

IMAGE NOT FOUND
IMAGE IS A REDIRECT OR MISSING!
HTTP response: 404 | MIME changed to 'text/html' | Byte size: ZERO



IMAGE NOT FOUND
IMAGE IS A REDIRECT OR MISSING!
HTTP response: 404 | MIME changed to 'text/html' | Byte size: ZERO

My main site (external link).

  
  LOG IN TO REPLY
Creepy ­ Crawler
Member
Avatar
193 posts
Joined Mar 2009
Location: East Greenville Pa.
     
Jan 12, 2010 21:59 as a reply to  @ sperho's post |  #4

Very nice but watch your angle you can see your umbrella reflection in the glass on the second piece.


Jim S. Young
5DmkII 11-18mm, 50mm1.8, 24-105L, 70-200 2.8L
Sleepy Hollow Photography, (external link)
Facebook, (external link)model mayhem (external link)

  
  LOG IN TO REPLY
sperho
THREAD ­ STARTER
Member
Avatar
164 posts
Joined Jan 2007
     
Jan 12, 2010 22:10 |  #5

Yeah, I'm not overly fond of the the way the umbrella looks in the shot, but I couldn't think of a better way to light it that also revealed the fact that the door is made up of multiple panels and effectively convex. I think a square softbox would give specular reflections that indicate "curvature" and ultimately look better than the umbrella spokes for this piece.


My main site (external link).

  
  LOG IN TO REPLY
canonloader
Cream of the Crop
Avatar
52,875 posts
Likes: 3
Joined Aug 2006
Location: Behind A Camera
     
Jan 13, 2010 04:55 |  #6

I would have shot the first piece from a little higher angle and off center, show the top. The third piece is just a mess with that art glass in there. Just my opinion, but the glass ruins the whole thing for me. Nothing you can do with a camera will help it, except maybe shoot it with the doors open. I also would have shot it from a higher angle.

It might help your learning process to study some furniture shots out of a catalog or even the Sunday suppliments. See how they do it. That's what I'd do. You know those guys are already good enough to make money at it. ;)


Mitch- ____...^.^...____
My Microscope Stuff (external link)
Gear List, My You Tube (external link)
War is not about who's right, it's about who's left.

  
  LOG IN TO REPLY
sperho
THREAD ­ STARTER
Member
Avatar
164 posts
Joined Jan 2007
     
Jan 13, 2010 06:20 |  #7

I actually shot these pieces from multiple angles. I guess I could just post the whole gallery for more context: http://hochstetlerphot​o.zenfolio.com (external link)


My main site (external link).

  
  LOG IN TO REPLY
canonloader
Cream of the Crop
Avatar
52,875 posts
Likes: 3
Joined Aug 2006
Location: Behind A Camera
     
Jan 13, 2010 06:29 |  #8

I was going to suggest a picture or some other addition to the frame in that first one. I see you got it in one of the shots. :)

I had a two car garage turned into a wood shop and at one time had build a few things for paying customers. I don't think I got as good as this guy though. Not sure what got into him with that swirled glass though. It totally defeats the purpose of showing the face or the pendulum. :lol:


Mitch- ____...^.^...____
My Microscope Stuff (external link)
Gear List, My You Tube (external link)
War is not about who's right, it's about who's left.

  
  LOG IN TO REPLY
Reflections2000
Senior Member
342 posts
Likes: 1
Joined Jan 2010
Location: Battle Ground WA
     
Jan 14, 2010 16:19 as a reply to  @ canonloader's post |  #9

Nice work of nice work...


I fish because that's what the voices in my head tell me to do.
Gear - Canon 50D, 30D and 10D, 400 L f/5.6, 70-200 L f/2.8, 70-200 L f/4, 28-70 L 2.8, 50 f/1.4, 550EX, 540EZ

  
  LOG IN TO REPLY
say_cheese
Senior Member
785 posts
Gallery: 3 photos
Best ofs: 1
Likes: 67
Joined Mar 2006
Location: Michigan
     
Jan 14, 2010 20:53 |  #10

I think catalogs such as Pottery Barn, Hardware Restoration, etc. and some of the furniture making magazines would be good sources of inspiration and ideas. Because flash can give unpredictable results on highly polished surfaces and glass, maybe you should experiment with just light reflectors and longer exposures on a tripod mounted camera.


Tools: I like things with real dials and knobs.

  
  LOG IN TO REPLY
rab3rd
Senior Member
754 posts
Joined Nov 2005
     
Jan 15, 2010 19:07 |  #11

Setting aside the minor lighting issues already mentioned, I think taking these shots from a slight offset angle and not straight on would be better. It would give more volume and presence to the pieces. They look kind of two dementional without a little of the side showing. JMHO...




  
  LOG IN TO REPLY
sperho
THREAD ­ STARTER
Member
Avatar
164 posts
Joined Jan 2007
     
Jan 16, 2010 20:08 |  #12

Thanks for the feedback. Catalogs are a good idea. I'll looks at more images in places like that and see what they have to offer.


My main site (external link).

  
  LOG IN TO REPLY
sponsored links
(this ad will go away when you log in as a registered member)

3,261 views & 0 likes for this thread
Woodwork photography
FORUMS Photo Sharing & Visual Enjoyment Still Life, B/W & Experimental 
AAA
x 1600
y 1600

Jump to forum...   •  Rules   •  Index   •  New posts   •  RTAT   •  'Best of'   •  Gallery   •  Gear   •  Reviews   •  Member list   •  Polls   •  Image rules   •  Search   •  Password reset

Not a member yet?
Registered members may log in to forums and access all the features: full search, image upload, follow forums, own gear list and ratings, likes, more forums, private messaging, thread follow, notifications, own gallery, all settings, view hosted photos, own reviews, see more and do more... and all is free. Don't be a stranger - register now and start posting!


COOKIES DISCLAIMER: This website uses cookies to improve your user experience. By using this site, you agree to our use of cookies and to our privacy policy.
Privacy policy and cookie usage info.


POWERED BY AMASS forum software 2.0forum software
version 2.0 /
code and design
by Pekka Saarinen ©
for photography-on-the.net

Latest registered member is CanucksFan
562 guests, 293 members online
Simultaneous users record so far is 6430, that happened on Dec 03, 2017

Photography-on-the.net Digital Photography Forums is the website for photographers and all who love great photos, camera and post processing techniques, gear talk, discussion and sharing. Professionals, hobbyists, newbies and those who don't even own a camera -- all are welcome regardless of skill, favourite brand, gear, gender or age. Registering and usage is free.