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Originally Posted by Chunky_Chimp;11976181 
This needs a bit of expanding/updating to make it generally more complete; at that point I'll gladly sticky it. smile.gif

Excellent.
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Looking forward to what you have to offer in the future. +rep man
When I get my new build I want to get some pics off and now I won't have to take horrid pictures.
    
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I suck at taking pics lets see how I did. It was hard to play with lightning and I think I should have moved the computer to a place with a better background?

I read all your tips then when I had the computer w/o monitor I completely forgot about them frown.gif

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Alright well i tried guide here. I tried one dark shot and the side with my panel off i have ambient lighting. I need to get some poster board. BTW pics were taken with droid x.

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post #65 of 976
Quote:
Originally Posted by Sodalink;11978032 
I suck at taking pics lets see how I did. It was hard to play with lightning and I think I should have moved the computer to a place with a better background?

I read all your tips then when I had the computer w/o monitor I completely forgot about them frown.gif

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If I could add a few tips- In a situation like this you should probably move in closer and/or crop to at least minimize the distracting background. With this angle, you are not going for the case exterior, so mostly eliminating the background might be more appropriate.

It would also help the camera with the exposure setting. Large light colored background area can throw the exposure off. I'd advise using manual exposure setting if available, or at least using the exposure compensation feature. This is particularly helpful when there is case lighting involved.

If the camera has light balance controls, you can set it to tungsten, daylight, or any other settings to try and get the most pleasing effect.

Without flash or strong lights, the camera really needs to be on a tripod or a beanbag, anything really, as long as it's some kind of stationary support. Then use the camera's self timer to avoid movement when snapping the picture.

Taken in daylight from a couple of windows across the room. About 1 second exposure, so the camera had to be absolutely stationary.
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With colored lighting and automatic light balance, the camera will try to wash the color out. Forcing a daylight setting will cause the color to maintain its intensity.

This was a a balance of the same window lighting as the picture above, with the addition of the internal blue lights. A slight exposure adjustment was the only camera setting changed.
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I confess these weren't taken with a P&S. smile.gif but the principles are the same and a lot of P&S cameras have some sort of manual settings.

One last tip- Large pictures like the first one in this post are best resized and compressed before uploading. There is free JPEG resizer software available for download (google it) if you don't have a photo program that can do it.
Edited by denydog - 1/11/11 at 9:49pm
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Absolutely gorgeous dannydog. The dakrside of mine! Lol
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post #67 of 976
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Originally Posted by JoePhoto;11979272 
Absolutely gorgeous dannydog. The dakrside of mine! Lol
dakrside indeed ha! You're doing a good job here.

I think it's difficult to photograph some of these rigs/cases. Often it's impossible to get a "correct" exposure on all the elements due to the contrast between the lightest and darkest features. So I think you sometimes have to decide what the important aspect of the picture is, and then expose mainly for that.
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post #68 of 976
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Quote:
Originally Posted by denydog;11979528 
dakrside indeed ha! You're doing a good job here.

I think it's difficult to photograph some of these rigs/cases. Often it's impossible to get a "correct" exposure on all the elements due to the contrast between the lightest and darkest features. So I think you sometimes have to decide what the important aspect of the picture is, and then expose mainly for that.

Absolutely, unless you're good with HDR. I don't mean the cartoon looking crap, but the HDR done so well you can't tell that is was. I may post some of those up later.
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You're way ahead of me in processing. I just use the Canon RAW converter with only basic light balance, sharpness, and maybe brightness, saturation adjustment.
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While this thread is up about photos, can I just take a quick moment to mention something. We do NOT want to see pictures the size of '3648x2736' uploaded, taking 1 hour to load each time. This is especially painful in threads with lots of pictures.

Please take the damn time to resize the image to about 1024x768 or less! Thanks guys, this is a small issue, but I'm sure it's a pet peeve for several members on these boards. smile.gif
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