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Mar 10, 2017 15:50 |  #1

Just started messing with focus stacking. I ended up with this shot using CS5. Photomerge>>>Auto-Blend Layers>>>>Stacking

Not sure what to do about the hands? If there isn't a simple solution, stopping the watch is not a problem for me since my trade is watch repair.


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Mar 10, 2017 18:05 |  #2

I believe most watch photos are with the hands frozen in the 10 minutes to 2 (1:50) positions.

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Mar 10, 2017 18:14 |  #3

lvph2 wrote in post #18297527 (external link)
Not sure what to do about the hands? If there isn't a simple solution, stopping the watch is not a problem for me since my trade is watch repair.

Stopping the watch would be the simple solution. For me, I'd use a Layer Mask (external link) in PS to hide the extra hands.


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Mar 11, 2017 17:55 |  #4

There are simple solutions with other software where it is easy to not use parts of particular shots and you can double up on shots, but I don't think so with CS6.


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Mar 13, 2017 08:47 |  #5

I collect vintage watches, so this immediately caught my attention. As others have mentioned, stop the watch and have the hands at 10 to 2, so they are not obscuring any writing. On some watches you may need to move the hands to a different position, depending on the design of the dial. You would generally want to avoid having that minute hand covering the subdial. Certain watches with several complications, such as a triple date chronograph can be fiddly to find the right positions.


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Mar 13, 2017 15:57 as a reply to  @ ashleykaryl's post |  #6

Yeah I see the 10 & 2 in plenty of watch catalogs. I'll have to start shooting more of what comes through my shop. Also, I've been wanting to get some before and after shots of some of the really bad stuff I get in too!! Should be fun.



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Mar 14, 2017 06:32 as a reply to  @ lvph2's post |  #7

Slightly off topic, but I know it's always really nice when a watchmaker sends a picture of the movement after it's been serviced that shows everything in perfect condition. This is especially appreciated on older vintage pieces with beautiful movements that we never normally see.


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Mar 14, 2017 06:46 |  #8

There is another Watch Photography thread that perhaps you would like to take a look at for inspiration.


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