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January 07, 2015, 19:16
Snow on the ground and a Camera I have yet to really figure out Toshiba s4300 14 mega Pixl..

Remington Rand
Colt Gold cup NM

The File Is Public --You can scroll through and see all!

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Mighty Mustang ! .380

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January 07, 2015, 20:06
White reflects so the camera will shoot darker than u want for the subject. Go to another background color or put lots of light on the gun.

January 07, 2015, 21:50
I think your right--any suggestions ->? Some kind of fabric- what color.? I had the guns by a window with 3-100 W lights on then and still the guns came out darker than Id like -- Im not well educated with this camera actually I just set it on auto and shoot --auto picks up the white background and darkens the shot !

D P Six
January 08, 2015, 10:10
I often photographed guns on a rumpled up Hudson Bay blanket if I want the contrast of the red, yellow, white in the background. A GI wool blanket works well also.

January 08, 2015, 10:32
Go to photobucket and edit the pic. You can crop the pic then center it then brighten the background . Play around with the effects until you get the look you want. If you don't mind I'll do one and show you what's possible

January 08, 2015, 13:27
Go to a camera shop and get a gray card, set you camera to manual and use it for the exposure set up. Use of a Red or green background and some fill flash capability will help. If you have exposure control shoot in 1/3 stops in both directions and always use a tripod and release for good pictures.

January 08, 2015, 17:49
Your camera will probably default to auto white balance. Dig into the white balance menu and will find settings like daylight, cloudy, flourescent, tungston, etc. Remember if shooting under flourescent or tungsten indoors such as basketball stadium or office you will have a mix of lights. Also the tone of flourescent and tungsten will change 120 times a second as 60 hz electricity varies the light output. Long exposures help mitigate this but best way is to add light to balance. I have a set of filters for all my flashes to illuminate subject with consistent light so your balance setting will not have to be changed constantly indoors. Easiest way is shoot a test shot, preview on screen on back of camera, adjust and make another test shot. A few adjustments and if white is white on monitor, you should be ready to shoot. Unfortunately/fortunately our eyes automatically balance whites so we see white even if light is not producing true whites.

I usually put a green filter on if shooting indoors and set camera to the green tone. If shooting product best option is to build a white box. I have a large gray tinted backdrop I use at times and filter to a standard gray tone. Best thing to do is play with settings and if get camera all monkeyed up just find the return to defaults option. Funny thing is cheap point and shoots and phone do better job of auto white balancing than professional slr. Go to Ken Rockwells website for some of the best advice on web. He reviews each camera and gives tips for individual brands and models. You can also try filters on lenses but that piles up into money. If you can afford it and camera supports it using multiple flashes for background and shadow fills is the best way. I shoot Nikon with Nikon creative lighting system when working professionally but your going to drop a grand or more in flashes that can talk.

January 08, 2015, 21:27
If you don't mind I'll do one and show you what's possible


I took some more today on a small blanket --I think they came out better--

I use photobucket--Ill have to see what I can do with the editing !

January 08, 2015, 22:12
OK==I think Im getting better!!

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Andy the Aussie
January 08, 2015, 23:04
Low (but directed light) light and looooong exposures can work well for firearms as well...

http://i997.photobucket.com/albums/af98/Andy_the_Aussie/New686Edit6.jpg (http://s997.photobucket.com/user/Andy_the_Aussie/media/New686Edit6.jpg.html)

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January 09, 2015, 00:27
VERY nice Andy. Shiny objects are hard to shoot well.

I like outdoor light, but in the shade, like on a cloudy day.

http://i257.photobucket.com/albums/hh236/Militiaman55/TRPOperator_zpsa46a7ba6.jpg (http://s257.photobucket.com/user/Militiaman55/media/TRPOperator_zpsa46a7ba6.jpg.html)

Andy the Aussie
January 09, 2015, 00:55
Yes, I too much prefer nice diffused (by thick cloud) outdoor lighting ...

http://i997.photobucket.com/albums/af98/Andy_the_Aussie/Guns/M70_375No2_zps389392b3.jpg (http://s997.photobucket.com/user/Andy_the_Aussie/media/Guns/M70_375No2_zps389392b3.jpg.html)

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January 09, 2015, 08:39
Ditch the busy background material. I understand why materials like that get selected - oh, that's pretty fabric, I'll use that. However, that is not what you are trying to take a picture of and detracts from your intended subject by drawing the eye away from it. For things like firearms, a dark plain background using natural light (in the shade or with a cloudy sky) is best. If you have a DSLR that you can manipulate exposure settings easily, you can get by with a white background. It is difficult to do with a point and shoot kind of camera. You can also buy or build a light tent so that you can use artificial light. The tent walls diffuse the light and keep shadows to a minimum.

January 10, 2015, 00:56
Andy----I like that 357 --Kinda ==familiar I seem to think ! NICE Photos === One of my most accurate handguns !
Where Im living Im tending to NOT take guns outside --What no one knows-- =You know what I mean =!

Too bad I do not yet know how to work the manual setting on this camera --learning !!!

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January 10, 2015, 18:06
have you considered a light box?

January 10, 2015, 18:30
Simple and effective --- Thats a very nice NON Hi tec way of doing it --I have the lights here now --MUmmmm he ponders !!