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Jan 07, 2012 14:39 |  #3301

Excellent! Keep it up! My lights come Tuesday!!! Woowooooo


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Jan 07, 2012 14:51 as a reply to  @ post 13663707 |  #3302

This thread was hugily inspirational to me, so I thank everyone for their contributions. My wife thought it would be a good idea to take our own composition of our sons matchbox cars to hang in his newly designed room! He's 2 years old and I thought it was a great idea rather than buying store bought photos.

I took the many great folks here ideas and came up with something cheesy, but workable! I havn't gotten my umbrella's or stands in until next week so I'm working with basically nothing! I'm fairly pleased with the results...little bit of shadows, but still happy! :D

C&C more than welcome since I'm still new to OCF and these types of setups. This is my 1st!

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85mm, cropped tighter and held a LED white flashlight overhead to help soften the shadows. My favorite so far

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Jan 07, 2012 17:12 |  #3303

pridash wrote in post #13661925 (external link)
^^^ Good shot, but it looks a little underexposed. Watch your histogram when taking the shot - I suspect it was bunched up to the left for this one.

Also, when you have three lights and you're shooting in front of a dark background (or at night), use one of those lights as rim to separate yourself from the background.

Once you start to get perfect that, watch for specular highlights - there's one on the bike's tank that is distracting. It can be quite hard to avoid it on shiny objects, but your placement of the lights will determine if and where those highlights form.

Hope that helps. :)

Totally helps. Thanks and I certainly appreciate the feedback. I just recently started working with lighting so I am still learning every time I get out. Rim light would have really been nice. For what ever reason the modeling lights on two of the strobes were out which I think would have helped me with the set up. I'll probably reshoot something similar soon.


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Jan 07, 2012 22:14 as a reply to  @ post 12739969 |  #3304

pretty boring compared to the rest but anyway

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Jan 07, 2012 22:40 |  #3305

aside from the camera/tripod and the little stuff on the window sill, I really like your setup shot more than your result... :oops:


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Jan 07, 2012 23:12 |  #3306

Agree! :)


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Jan 07, 2012 23:47 |  #3307

^^^ Yeah Rasidel. I expect the behind the scenes of all your shots to include hordes of good looking people and lots of liquor ;)

Seriously though, nice shot.


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Jan 08, 2012 00:09 |  #3308

ha.... if you look on my flickr you'll see there was someone with me..

and, I hear you on the setup shot being better.. the clouds do it for me on the 2nd shot though.


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Jan 08, 2012 04:13 |  #3309

It has potential though ... I think it's mainly a composition problem, you could try cropping a bit to get rid of some of the clutter around the edges and to concentrate the motif a bit.


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Jan 08, 2012 07:27 |  #3310

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I think you nailed it. I got it from a wholesaler sometime in the early '70s.

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Jan 08, 2012 07:32 |  #3311

Set up: -

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Jan 08, 2012 08:13 |  #3312

chugger93 wrote in post #13663940 (external link)
This thread was hugily inspirational to me, so I thank everyone for their contributions. My wife thought it would be a good idea to take our own composition of our sons matchbox cars to hang in his newly designed room! He's 2 years old and I thought it was a great idea rather than buying store bought photos.

I took the many great folks here ideas and came up with something cheesy, but workable! I havn't gotten my umbrella's or stands in until next week so I'm working with basically nothing! I'm fairly pleased with the results...little bit of shadows, but still happy! :D

C&C more than welcome since I'm still new to OCF and these types of setups. This is my 1st!

SETUP


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QUOTED IMAGE


RESULT
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QUOTED IMAGE


85mm, cropped tighter and held a LED white flashlight overhead to help soften the shadows. My favorite so far

QUOTED IMAGE

Cool concept for decorating. It looks like you could maybe use more DoF. There's a lot of softness on the near and far cars. I see you shot at f/9, but the cars still don't fit in the focus range.


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Jan 08, 2012 09:26 as a reply to  @ waterrockets's post |  #3313

Cool concept for decorating. It looks like you could maybe use more DoF. There's a lot of softness on the near and far cars. I see you shot at f/9, but the cars still don't fit in the focus range.

I totally agree...the DOF issue could be remedied by taking several images and "Focus Stacking" them as explained here > http://johnkoerner.org …acking-software-revisited (external link)
That link is kinda overwhelming...basical​ly what you do is manually focus on each car and trip the shutter, import the images into the software and select the focus stacking button. For some YouTube links > http://www.youtube.com …arch_query=focu​s+stacking (external link)

Additionally...give some more thought to composition of the cars within the image. ;)


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Jan 08, 2012 10:02 as a reply to  @ chauncey's post |  #3314

I actually shot that image at F16 (external link), and even increasing your F stop isn't giving you much DOF anyways. It's distance to my subject that would help with more DOF. I'm actually OK with some slightly OOF to be honest.

Oh and I did give alot of thought to the composition... lots of time and tweaking. That's why it is shot how it is. ;)


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Jan 08, 2012 12:05 |  #3315

You might not be able to guess where this is. ;)
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