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Wow. - Tina Marie's Ramblings
Red hair and black leather, my favorite colour scheme...
skywhisperer
skywhisperer
Wow.
We were working on Jim's Mooney today, and I was bored and got out the camera. I got one really great picture...

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skywhisperer From: skywhisperer Date: January 2nd, 2006 02:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, it'll be going back together for a few weeks. :)
alioth1 From: alioth1 Date: January 2nd, 2006 10:13 am (UTC) (Link)
For photos of small things, I tend to like using a macro lens and trying to arrange lighting to highlight things like texture or reflectivity. Next time try having some other lighting sources (such as a work light - depending on the colour temperature, tungsten always comes out very orange) and arrange the light to bring out texture and shadow. I find it enhances these kinds of things.

The other thing is to perhaps arrange the items on a level surface with the light from outside the hangar behind it, so in the macro lens you get a smooth blobby but bright background, but the threads of the screws form a sharp silhouette.

Macro lenses are fun.

I dunno how much you've done with manual exposure settings on the camera but it's worth spending a day trying different manual exposure settings in various situations - in many situations, I'll ignore what the automatic exposure tells me and use manual instead, because of the lighting conditions on the subject. (The nice thing is if you're using a digital camera you can see the results immediately, I still use my old film SLR). "Bracketing" any photo of something still is worthwhile (take it with several different exposure/aperture settings around what you'd normally use for the lighting situation) - it's even better with a digital camera because you're not worried about the cost of wasted film. Once you've got a reasonable handle with the exposures you can use light to take some really spectactular photographs (although it's still often hit and miss!) The only thing I don't really like about digital is the sort of artefacting you often get with a strong light source behind a subject (usually the sun) - it tends to flare a lot more than it does on film.
skywhisperer From: skywhisperer Date: January 2nd, 2006 02:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
That actually is done with my macro setting. I had a few that were better lit, but I was going for "dingy", and too much light made the screws too bright and shiny, and made the condensation on the floor around them too reflective.

I've played with the manual settings a bit. I have a good book on using them, but somehow it seems to keep ending up on the bottom of the pile.
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