How to photograph a spoon?


Gwyn

Link Posted 08/03/2011 - 16:15
Weird question I know.
I am putting together my album of my Norway trip and I'd quite like to include a photograph of the spoon I received when we left the Arctic.
It is very shiny, and engraved in the bowl and on the handle.
So how best to get a photo of it without all sorts of annoying reflections in the bowl?
I only have an AF360 FGZ flash, and no studio equipment such as soft boxes or baffles.

Don

Link Posted 08/03/2011 - 16:39
shiny objects 101:
you light whatever is reflected in the object, not the object itself...

in practical terms:

use a light tent or box....
you can also use strips of black cardboard to reflect off edges...


Fired many shots. Didn't kill anything.

gartmore

Link Posted 08/03/2011 - 17:54
Don beat me to it!
Ken
“We must avoid however, snapping away, shooting quickly and without thought, overloading ourselves with unnecessary images that clutter our memory and diminish the clarity of the whole.” - Henri Cartier-Bresson -

Don

Link Posted 08/03/2011 - 18:13
gartmore wrote:
Don beat me to it!

been sitting at the computer for days catching up on video editing jobs... what else I got to do between rendering clips?
waiting for spring so I can ride my motorcycle?
Fired many shots. Didn't kill anything.
Last Edited by Don on 08/03/2011 - 18:14

snappychappy

Link Posted 08/03/2011 - 18:32

Gwyn

Link Posted 08/03/2011 - 19:02
Thank you Don, and Ken. I'll give it a go once I have rigged up a light tent.

Like the photo Stephen . I did something similar once with apples and pears.

Tyr

Link Posted 08/03/2011 - 21:43
I didn't even notice the shadows
Regards,
Dan

https://www.flickr.com/photos/honourabletyr/

Tyr

Link Posted 08/03/2011 - 22:22
Don wrote:
gartmore wrote:
Don beat me to it!

been sitting at the computer for days catching up on video editing jobs... what else I got to do between rendering clips?
waiting for spring so I can ride my motorcycle?

I don't envy you, been trying to get premiere elements to play nice just to make a bloody slide show. I think I'd be better off with iMovie '11 but I can't find out as I don't have a Mac. Premiere Elements is slow, cumbersome, overly complicated and a memory hog to boot. Also, getting Ken Burns effects is a complete pain in the backside as you cannot highlight your start and end regions and set the transition speed/acceleration/declaration. You have to set up loads of damned key-frames. Argh! Oh and I also got PSE9 to test out the content aware heal. My manual work is a lot better even though it takes hours.

/rant

PS. How good is iMovie/iPhoto for slide shows synchronized to music?
Regards,
Dan

https://www.flickr.com/photos/honourabletyr/

Smeggypants

Link Posted 08/03/2011 - 22:54
snappychappy wrote:


Great pic!!!







...
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Flash: AF-540FGZ, Vivitar 283

Don

Link Posted 09/03/2011 - 00:25
Tyr wrote:
Don wrote:
Quote:
Don beat me to it!

been sitting at the computer for days catching up on video editing jobs... what else I got to do between rendering clips?
waiting for spring so I can ride my motorcycle?

I don't envy you, been trying to get premiere elements to play nice just to make a bloody slide show. I think I'd be better off with iMovie '11 but I can't find out as I don't have a Mac. Premiere Elements is slow, cumbersome, overly complicated and a memory hog to boot. Also, getting Ken Burns effects is a complete pain in the backside as you cannot highlight your start and end regions and set the transition speed/acceleration/declaration. You have to set up loads of damned key-frames. Argh! Oh and I also got PSE9 to test out the content aware heal. My manual work is a lot better even though it takes hours.

/rant

PS. How good is iMovie/iPhoto for slide shows synchronized to music?

da BOMB!
seriously.. you import your music into imovie (latest version) open up the advanced audio menu, mark all your beat-markers then start dragging in images and video clips from your media box

Aperture has some wicked slideshow abilities itself!

i think you should check out muvee for pc..
link
Fired many shots. Didn't kill anything.
Last Edited by Don on 09/03/2011 - 00:28

Tyr

Link Posted 09/03/2011 - 10:26
Don wrote:
Tyr wrote:
Quote:
gartmore wrote:
Don beat me to it!

been sitting at the computer for days catching up on video editing jobs... what else I got to do between rendering clips?
waiting for spring so I can ride my motorcycle?

I don't envy you, been trying to get premiere elements to play nice just to make a bloody slide show. I think I'd be better off with iMovie '11 but I can't find out as I don't have a Mac. Premiere Elements is slow, cumbersome, overly complicated and a memory hog to boot. Also, getting Ken Burns effects is a complete pain in the backside as you cannot highlight your start and end regions and set the transition speed/acceleration/declaration. You have to set up loads of damned key-frames. Argh! Oh and I also got PSE9 to test out the content aware heal. My manual work is a lot better even though it takes hours.

/rant

PS. How good is iMovie/iPhoto for slide shows synchronized to music?

da BOMB!
seriously.. you import your music into imovie (latest version) open up the advanced audio menu, mark all your beat-markers then start dragging in images and video clips from your media box

Aperture has some wicked slideshow abilities itself!

i think you should check out muvee for pc..
link



Thanks Don, but not quite what I was after.

Crashes my GPU constantly and doesn't have many options. You have to stick to the boundaries of the styles. I want something where I control the transitions, pans, zooms and placement of the photos but not as complex and irritating as premiere elements.

I'm going into town later to have a play at the Apple specialist store. I'll see if what they have there is what I need and save up if necessary.

I need a separate portable machine at some point anyway.
Regards,
Dan

https://www.flickr.com/photos/honourabletyr/
Last Edited by Tyr on 09/03/2011 - 10:27

johnriley

Link Posted 09/03/2011 - 13:49
It's helpful if new topics have a thread of their own. If you want to take this is another direction and discuss slide shows, then do please start another thread on that subject.
Best regards, John
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