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Sep 28, 2012 16:45 |  #1396

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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"?

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Sep 28, 2012 16:49 as a reply to  @ Freakdaddy's post |  #1397

This is a pic of my Grandad's shotgun I took using the above mentioned setup. It's a 1920 Remington Model 11 in 12 gauge.

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This is a pic without the lightbox but using four of the same lights attached to...bar stools.

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Sep 28, 2012 17:00 as a reply to  @ Freakdaddy's post |  #1398

The gunshop used this one for the cover of their catalog which I also put together for them as well. That was a chore as I had never done anything like that before.

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Sep 28, 2012 17:09 as a reply to  @ Freakdaddy's post |  #1399

And finally, this one was actually featured in May 2012 "American Rifleman" under Product Reviews on page 29. It's a very small photo and of course, I didn't get any credit or mention but I know it's mine. Right or wrong on how it may actually be interpreted, I've been "published" or at least that's my story LOL! On this one, they actually had to paint the receiver due to issues with the coating and to meet the deadline, there wasn't enough time to have it properly refinished. They had to use this one specifially because it is stamped "300 AAC BLACKOUT" as that's what the magazine wanted. Probably lucky the picture is only 3"x3" as you can't really tell there.

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Sep 28, 2012 17:28 as a reply to  @ Freakdaddy's post |  #1400

I lied, one more. This is also using my lightbox setup and the 300 Blackout rifle with a silencer attached.

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Sep 28, 2012 19:32 |  #1401

Thanks for the answer Freakdaddy :) i feel ashamed now..dont have any good weapon photo like yours but 5D mk III and thousands of $$$ lenses.
gonna built something like that in next week :) you are my inspiration now on..


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Sep 28, 2012 21:29 |  #1402

Freakdaddy wrote in post #15055413 (external link)
This is a pic without the lightbox but using four of the same lights attached to...bar stools.

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Cool ammo box. And nice setup as well.


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Sep 29, 2012 07:37 |  #1403

Freakdaddy wrote in post #15055413 (external link)
This is a pic of my Grandad's shotgun I took using the above mentioned setup. It's a 1920 Remington Model 11 in 12 gauge.

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This is a pic without the lightbox but using four of the same lights attached to...bar stools.

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These are great shots. You really have a good eye for gun shots...lol. Thanks for posting the set up too.

300 Blackout rifle with a silence looks bad***!

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Sep 29, 2012 08:10 as a reply to  @ CameraMan's post |  #1404

^^Thanks CameraMan! I've always been big into hunting and shooting so I've picked up things over the years for decoration. Never dreamed they would serve any other purpose but sure come in handy for props.

gonna built something like that in next week you are my inspiration now on..

Betfair, I'm humbled and flattered beyond words to say the least! If you're going to build one, here are tips and things I would have done differently and for anyone else that might be interested.

Use at least 3/4" and preferably 1" pipe as it will offer a more solid frame and be more rigid. I used 1/2" and although it works, it still feels delicate. 1/2" would be fine for smaller boxes but with this one being so large, when you start attaching lights it just feels flimsy. Make sure to add the side supports and there is also a support in the back that you can't see as it's behind the backdrop paper. Don't forget the rubber caps for the bottom of the legs as it helps keep it from slipping on the table. I wouldn't recommend using any type of PVC cement unless you want it to be permanently set up but the drawback is sometimes they can slip out of the 3-way elbow and T-joints so make sure to push them in tight.

The backdrop size I use is 53" wide which I thought would be large enough but I wish I would have gone wider. There's been quite a few times where I have had to do more processing because you could see part of the box but that may also be an issue with my limitations regarding the camera I use as I have no flexibility with the lenses. I will eventually set it up to go with 107" paper as it will give me greater control in larger shots especially with mulitple rifles / shotguns plus save time in editing and should offset the hassle of using such a wide piece. Using the white backdrop is really no big deal in covering these voids and making it look right but when I use a color, I can't seem to get it to blend properly. This also may be due to my lack of knowledge and skills so take it for what it's worth. One last thing, if you build a frame for your paper roll, I used 1 1/2" pipe which allows the tube to slide over easily. Add a cross bar support halfway down and use these 4 way fittings for the feet. You need to have about 12"-18" of pipe coming out the front/back/sides to keep the frame from teetering in either direction. Here's a link to what I'm talking about.
http://www.pvcfittings​direct.com …4_way_Side_Outl​et_Tee.htm (external link)

I hope this helps some and apologize to everyone else for the derail. Not too often I feel comfortable enough to offer any advice here :lol:. Hopefully someone else can chime in if they have better ideas as well.




  
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Sep 29, 2012 19:49 |  #1405

First one in the collection that's not 100% black, I may need to start using some other backgrounds now...

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Sep 30, 2012 16:11 |  #1406

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Sep 30, 2012 23:43 |  #1407

LOL That's a lot of lamps! haha, great photos though. I'm hoping to kind of get to the same point as well with doing some product photos for some of the local gun shops and such.


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Sep 30, 2012 23:51 |  #1408

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Oct 06, 2012 20:34 |  #1410

I'm diggin the 1911 shot! Nice one Tim


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