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May 26, 2014 11:16 |  #1

I'm a collector of saxophones, and I've decided to photo-document them. Here's some shots from my first attempt. Any feed back would be most welcome, I'm a complete novice with lighting.

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May 26, 2014 13:40 |  #2

Those are beautiful instruments, wish I could play the sax :)

As you might have noticed the big problem with items like those is controlling highlights. You want to avoid blown highlights but still have them to show that metallic form. I'm sure there are some experts in product photography here to chime in, but I would suggest using reflected/diffused light sources (like big sheets of paper or plastic) instead of direct ones (even with umbrellas). One trick I have used with similar items is that you shoot in VERY low light and slightly move the reflecting materials (or a dim light source), as you do with light painting, during a long exposure. The fun with digital is that you see what you are getting - experiment!

I'm interested to see more!


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May 26, 2014 15:55 |  #3

U've choosen a beautiful subject....

The object you've choose to shoot is reflective so its pointless trying to directly light it. The shiny metal does not abosrb light it merely refects the surroundings, kinda like a mirror. What you need to concentrate on is controling and difusing the light source. I prefer to shoot objects like this @ f/11 and above to get the most DOF as this is quite a detailed object. Place a LED torch inside the end so that is lit as well adds interest as well.




  
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May 26, 2014 22:18 |  #4

Thanks so much for the input, Pekka and FerozeK. You've given me some ideas to work with.

Anyone else, please chime in. Nit pic it to death, I've got thick skin :-)


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May 28, 2014 03:04 as a reply to  @ Wagspdx's post |  #5

Man that is pretty. And that is coming from a guy who plays on a Yanigisawa Bari...


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May 28, 2014 19:23 |  #6

Lovely shots. I use grey muslin on softboxes to control highlights like that, with white boards (or grey or black) for the side limning.


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May 28, 2014 20:55 |  #7

greyswan wrote in post #16936969 (external link)
Lovely shots. I use grey muslin on softboxes to control highlights like that, with white boards (or grey or black) for the side limning.

Where would you get grey muslin, and then just hang it over the soft box?


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May 28, 2014 21:01 |  #8

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Man that is pretty. And that is coming from a guy who plays on a Yanigisawa Bari...

Lots of time with Q-Tips and Mr. Metal :cool:

Not my favorite alto to play but I'm glad to have rescued it from oblivion and brought it back into top playing condition.

If you like that you should see my 1945 Buescher Big B alto, absolutely mint closet horn. I haven't shot that one with the new lights yet, but here's a quick sample:

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May 29, 2014 01:29 as a reply to  @ Wagspdx's post |  #9

I can't wait to see it under the lights.


Ill have to clean my yani and the berg that i play on.

fun side note: I have basically, the most opposite berg MP from what kupka plays on(he uses a 130 opening) - I use a 100 opening, and a stiff plasticover, it allows me to sneak in to symphonic rehearsals and then really bark through the 30 or so chairs that sit in front of me.


can this just be the saxophone thread?


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May 29, 2014 02:20 |  #10

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Lots of time with Q-Tips and Mr. Metal :cool:

Not my favorite alto to play but I'm glad to have rescued it from oblivion and brought it back into top playing condition.

If you like that you should see my 1945 Buescher Big B alto, absolutely mint closet horn. I haven't shot that one with the new lights yet, but here's a quick sample:

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WOW!!!!

Wish I could play one, my mum used to play the clairnet, but we not allowed to touch it :D We full grown adults and she still doesnt trust us with them....




  
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Jun 01, 2014 16:57 |  #11

Tried some with a light in the bell:

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Jun 18, 2014 06:42 as a reply to  @ Wagspdx's post |  #12

I think you should buy the book Light Science and Magic......
I would switch to a white back drop I use a 54in wide roll of white back drop paper.
Hang the saxophones with fishing line and hang the paper a few feet behind the sax.

If you do not have any kind of flash I would only point one light on the saxophone.

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Jun 18, 2014 08:30 |  #13

Wagspdx wrote in post #16944891 (external link)
Tried some with a light in the bell:

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I really like this one, did you do one with gels, an orange one would look great




  
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