some shots of my guitar


matthew

Link Posted 19/06/2010 - 14:07
I must admit I'm a little bit nervous about posting and even more nervous about showing my photo's off for other people to see and comment on.

But I suppose it's a requirement for growth.............SO here gose













lighting was one soot and a mirror with a black reflector
Camera set to manual and room blacked out





Matt

gartmore

Link Posted 19/06/2010 - 14:21
They're terribly dark but perhaps that was your intention using soot and a black reflector.

What was your actual light source?
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 -

Gwyn

Link Posted 19/06/2010 - 14:35
I agree they are dark. Also on the third one the focus point seems to be either the last couple of frets or the top element (hard to tell on my monitor) which leaves the bulk of the photo out of focus. I don't like that. Shallow depth of field fine, but to have the focus point so far to the right just feels wrong.

The first one works the best for me, though the reflection of the string on the scratch plate is distracting.

stu49

Link Posted 19/06/2010 - 14:38
Just too dark to tell what's what ?? Why this dark ??

p.s. strings need changing

Stu - K10D | DFA 100/2.8 Macro | DA 55-300 | AF-360FGZ |

So much to learn... So little time !

pink

Link Posted 19/06/2010 - 18:05
I'am going to have to agree with every one else they are very dark. Is this your intention


James
My Fluidr

"To see in colour is a delight for the eye, But to see in black and white is a delight for the soul" ANDRI HERY

bwlchmawr

Link Posted 19/06/2010 - 18:47
Hi Matthew,

I took the liberty of copying one of these and having a go at it in Photoshop. It needed quite a lot of work in levels, too much really as the file was underexposed in camera. Do check your histogram after each shot and reshoot if there's not a nice spread of tones.

The amount of levelling I had to do introduced a lot of noise which you can avoid in the future.

I also sharpened the image and finally added a border.

Don't worry about making errors. Everyone does, all the time, and it's actually a good way to learn! If I were you, I'd try to repeat this exercise taking great care with focusing, lighting and ensuring the camera is really still so as to avoid movement. I'm sure you'll do better second time around


Best wishes,

Andrew

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Robert Adams
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Last Edited by bwlchmawr on 19/06/2010 - 18:50

mikew

Link Posted 19/06/2010 - 21:30
I'll be interested to hear from Matt why he chose to have them so dark. I doubt that it's a mistake as he's clearly thought carefully before posting.

That said I feel they are too dark - although if viewed on black they may look different?

Mike
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You can see some of my shots at my Flickr account.

jeffstclair

Link Posted 20/06/2010 - 07:41
I like 'em... moody shot's of a classic stratt , but I do say clone out the reflection of the whammy bar . Andrew your version has a nice gritty 60 s feel to it . Or is it just me...Jeff BTW what's a soot ?
Last Edited by jeffstclair on 20/06/2010 - 07:42

matthew

Link Posted 20/06/2010 - 09:50
The images where uploaded from a laptop and as a result are displayed dark.

My laptop is one of those high glossy wide screen displays

I have now connected a second monitor to it and the display difference is around 3 stops




Matt

Andrew I like your conversion wish I had your talent xx

matthew

Link Posted 20/06/2010 - 10:33
and here is one more what do you think of this one





Matt XX

Gwyn

Link Posted 20/06/2010 - 11:11
I like this one better, but to be really picky I'd like to see more of the body curve highlighted. As it is it is a fine photo of strings, a couple of elements and a whammy bar, but the Strat is a very curvy, sexy guitar and it needs those curves showing.

The depth of field is still shallow too so that the tone knob is in focus whilst the bulk of the photo isn't. Unless it's my eyes of course, which is quite possible .

matthew

Link Posted 20/06/2010 - 13:21
Gwyn

thank you for the comments I'm really nervous about showing my work/
So a Big thank you for taking the time looking at my Guitar

This next image is more what I wanted the body highlighted




Matt

gartmore

Link Posted 20/06/2010 - 16:31
The first of the new ones I like very much but I think Gwyn is right about showing more outline curves, the second is well lit but just a touch over exposed, the highlights are starting to blow; if the original is OK I'd be inclined just to pull the highlights back a little
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 -

bwlchmawr

Link Posted 20/06/2010 - 18:01
Both a big improvement. Particularly the first one! What progress!
Best wishes,

Andrew

"These places mean something and it's the job of a photographer to figure-out what the hell it is."
Robert Adams
"The camera doesn't make a bit of difference.  All of them can record what you are seeing.  But, you have to SEE."
Ernst Hass
My website: http://www.ephotozine.com/user/bwlchmawr-199050 http://s927.photobucket.com/home/ADC3440/index
https://www.flickr.com/photos/78898196@N05

i-Berg

Link Posted 21/06/2010 - 08:34
Hear hear Matt - as above.
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