what kind of light gear or flash did you use? i really dig your photos
Thanks for the compliments! The setup I use is embarassing to say the least. This is actually my first foray into any kind of "professional" photography and my equipment is far from it as I am far from being professional. For whatever reason, I've been able to wing it with style and the owner of the local gunshop seems to be pleased with what he's getting...thank God for people with low expectations! I knew it was a whole different beast photographing a full rifle as opposed to only handguns but since I wasn't sure if I could pull this off or where it would lead, I couldn't justify dumping a bunch of money into it. This site helped me out so much with pointing me in the right direction and really helped me attain results I never thought possible with the equipment I had. That's why I like posting here to see what kind of constructive criticism I get from actual professionals.
Basically, I built one big a$$ light box out of PVC pipe and put a low thread count king size bed sheet over it. Then I picked up a whole bunch of those aluminum clip on lights you get in hardware stores and put 6500k lights in them. I am able to vary light placement either direct, bouncing off the sheet or on top of the frame using the sheet as a diffuser. I also built a PVC stand to put my backdrop paper on which allowes me to easily change it out and roll it back up if needed. I probably spent more money on PVC then I did lights truth be told. I don't use any flash because...well...my camera is a Sony DSC-H7. I know, this is blasphemy on a Canon forum. That little tidbit of info alone is probably enough reason to ban me from here for life but when I also disclose I use a Walmart tripod, I fully expect a visit from men in black suits. It does offer me some adjustment control and I completely embrace the "Histogram" feature it has which helps tremendously. All my PP is done in Elements 10 which I just upgraded from 7 for this purpose. For shame, for shame, for shame.
So there you have it. All my dirty little secrets. And if that's not enough to get me publicly flogged and thrown into the rack then by God this picture of my setup should be just enough to push any sane photographer over the edge! Can you say "retinal burn"?
Go ahead...laugh...I deserve it!