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I finally got around to shooting my main rig. (I wanted to upgrade my SATA cables before I did and was sidetracked when the dozen cables I ordered, turned out not to support “new” stacked connectors on my two motherboards; after I’d labeled them with an indelible marker. Fortunately, Akasa and Performance-PCs came to my aid and shipped me a dozen new PROSLIM 6Gb SATA cables free-of-charge!)
To my surprise the mirror finish in the Silver Arrow turned out to be easier to manage, (glare-wise) than the Noctua in my other system? I used black foam-core strategically clipped to the reflectors and soft boxes to block the glare from the more reflective surfaces.

I post-processed the images to remove the lens distortion, and re-balance the contrast.
capture00119mod2.th.jpg

Per threephi request, I’ve included a shot of the whole camera setup, (I used my phone because I don’t have a second camera; it’s a really old phone.) Later, I remembered I have a web-cam that can shoot HD stills. Maybe next time...
lightingsetup.th.jpg

You can barely make out that my camera is connected to my other PC, so I can operate the remote-shooting application. You can also see that the biggest impediment to taking good photographs, (besides talent), is space in my office. I’m considering picking up some vinyl background material so I can setup in another location with more space.

You've gone to a lot of trouble and I'm loving the set up shot - thanks for this. I like it - nice set up. makes me want an 800D

My only criticism is that your Pc is on the edge of the desk and not uniform. If you can sort that out this is a really good shot.

What camera are you using? If you can get a Circular Polorizer on the lens you should be able to knock most of that reflection off the plastic (you'll have to up the exposure a tad to compesate but for me 'd prefer that) -
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My only criticism is that your Pc is on the edge of the desk and not uniform. If you can sort that out this is a really good shot.

My server is on the other end of the table, just out of frame. Another reason I thinking about relocating my "studio".
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What camera are you using? If you can get a Circular Polorizer on the lens you should be able to knock most of that reflection off the plastic (you'll have to up the exposure a tad to compesate but for me 'd prefer that) -

It's an old Canon Powershot, but I do have a lens adapter. I definitely want to look into the Circular Polarizer. Thanks for mentioning it.
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I finally got around to shooting my main rig. (I wanted to upgrade my SATA cables before I did and was sidetracked when the dozen cables I ordered, turned out not to support “new” stacked connectors on my two motherboards; after I’d labeled them with an indelible marker. Fortunately, Akasa and Performance-PCs came to my aid and shipped me a dozen new PROSLIM 6Gb SATA cables free-of-charge!)
To my surprise the mirror finish in the Silver Arrow turned out to be easier to manage, (glare-wise) than the Noctua in my other system? I used black foam-core strategically clipped to the reflectors and soft boxes to block the glare from the more reflective surfaces.

I post-processed the images to remove the lens distortion, and re-balance the contrast.
capture00119mod2.th.jpg

Per threephi request, I’ve included a shot of the whole camera setup, (I used my phone because I don’t have a second camera; it’s a really old phone.) Later, I remembered I have a web-cam that can shoot HD stills. Maybe next time...
lightingsetup.th.jpg

You can barely make out that my camera is connected to my other PC, so I can operate the remote-shooting application. You can also see that the biggest impediment to taking good photographs, (besides talent), is space in my office. I’m considering picking up some vinyl background material so I can setup in another location with more space.

That's really beautiful lighting, and I love the set-up shot! thumb.gifthumb.gifthumb.gif

I don't mind the positioning of the computer on the end of the table actually. There are a few small things that could be tweaked for maximum beauty, eg. the hottest kicks off the CPU cooler are really nuclear, but I know that it can be very difficult sometimes getting 100% of a shiny surface exactly perfect, so I won't quibble too much wink.gif The other two tiny things would be the bottom drive bay has a little bit of white background peeking through the slit, which to me is a little distracting given that the other bays above it are all black. And if this were a professional product shot, the client would want the large Corsair logo at the bottom right to be as luscious and beautiful and legible as possible.

But as I said, those are small points and I think this is one of the best shots in this entire thread thumb.gif

Before I saw the setup shot, my biggest criticism was going to be about an overall lack of sharpness or possibly too-shallow depth of field, but seeing how small that camera is with its tiny front element, that explains it. You need bigger and better glass to keep up with that sweet lighting!
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My server is on the other end of the table, just out of frame. Another reason I thinking about relocating my "studio".
It's an old Canon Powershot, but I do have a lens adapter. I definitely want to look into the Circular Polarizer. Thanks for mentioning it.

Do you know what I think threephi is right. I think as a product shot it doesn't loose too much being on the edge of the desk. I like it when my view changes from my own personal, initial tastes, it reminds me that I need to look again. Put it like this, when I give critique I think about the image as if I'd taken it and then I'd say to myself "how would you change this to make yourself happier and what will other people rightly pick up on this". Being on the edge of the desk initially would annoy me and that was my reaction to you. However upon looking at it again and taking it as a product shot threephi is right, it doesn't detract much at all. it may even add a sense of reality and depth to it... (but who wants to admit to speaking like that!) tongue.gif


Infact upon second look the reflective surfaces don't seem half as bad as I remember them. either I'm loosing my mind, you changed something or my work monitor is magical wink.gif - still I'd try a polarizer anyway just to see & for future reference.

lastly, nice that you did all of it with that camera. thumb.gif

And keep it up smile.gif - I want a 900D just to take product shots like this...
post #775 of 972
look at this;



you should be very proud of your work after looking at this - I really respect t hese guys but urgh, what a photo. smile.gif
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There are a few small things that could be tweaked for maximum beauty, eg. the hottest kicks off the CPU cooler are really nuclear...

Yes, I have a circular polarizer filter inbound as I write this, (thanks, dhughesuk) I plan on taking another crack at my 650D.
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The other two tiny things would be the bottom drive bay has a little bit of white background peeking through the slit, which to me is a little distracting given that the other bays above it are all black.

Yeah, my fan controller. There is always something you don't see until after everything is torn apart. I'd blacked out my DVD when is was installed, but never noticed the fan controller!
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... the client would want the large Corsair logo at the bottom right to be as luscious and beautiful and legible as possible.

If they send me a 900D, I promise I'll evict my esxi server from the table and the Corsair logo will beam! Are you listening Redbeard?
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Do you know what I think threephi is right. I think as a product shot it doesn't loose too much being on the edge of the desk. I like it when my view changes from my own personal, initial tastes, it reminds me that I need to look again. Put it like this, when I give critique I think about the image as if I'd taken it and then I'd say to myself "how would you change this to make yourself happier and what will other people rightly pick up on this". Being on the edge of the desk initially would annoy me and that was my reaction to you. However upon looking at it again and taking it as a product shot threephi is right, it doesn't detract much at all. it may even add a sense of reality and depth to it... (but who wants to admit to speaking like that!) tongue.gif


Infact upon second look the reflective surfaces don't seem half as bad as I remember them. either I'm loosing my mind, you changed something or my work monitor is magical wink.gif - still I'd try a polarizer anyway just to see & for future reference.

lastly, nice that you did all of it with that camera. thumb.gif

And keep it up smile.gif - I want a 900D just to take product shots like this...
Thanks for the nod, and yeah that's pretty much exactly what goes through my mind when evaluating an image. There's no one "right" way to do it so the bottom line is to have a clear idea of what you want, and do your best to achieve your vision.
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look at this;



you should be very proud of your work after looking at this - I really respect t hese guys but urgh, what a photo. smile.gif
Yikes, where did that photo come from? I'm guessing it was only intended as some kind of technical illustration, although I'm not sure at what stage of assembly you'd have removed the CPU cooler without cleaning the old thermal paste, and still have your video card installed, but aesthetically it's quite urp-worthy. I'm not sure which is worse, the barrel distortion, the dirty CPU, the sloppy cabling, or the fact the power supply looks like someone dropped it!
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If they send me a 900D, I promise I'll evict my esxi server from the table and the Corsair logo will beam! Are you listening Redbeard?
They could do a lot worse for photographers biggrin.gif
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I've a question,
Since I have my build ready to be shot (you can check on my sig for the log)

Basically its a white switch with white and red theme (with a bit of black)
the red mostly come from the tubing, the lighting is RGB LED so i can change the color but mostly will stick to either red/white

I've been into photography for almost 2 years but most of my photos are either landscape or people (outdoor) category

havent been really successfully do a studio photo (Which components shot need)
My plan is to buy a background with color and have some lighting shoot to the background and a bit of flash to the build
My question is what color would you guys choose for the background?

Currently using 5D MII with 24-70/16-35/50mm F1.2
most probably using the 24-70 since I dont have any micro lens
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I've a question,
Since I have my build ready to be shot (you can check on my sig for the log)

Basically its a white switch with white and red theme (with a bit of black)
the red mostly come from the tubing, the lighting is RGB LED so i can change the color but mostly will stick to either red/white

I've been into photography for almost 2 years but most of my photos are either landscape or people (outdoor) category

havent been really successfully do a studio photo (Which components shot need)
My plan is to buy a background with color and have some lighting shoot to the background and a bit of flash to the build
My question is what color would you guys choose for the background?

Currently using 5D MII with 24-70/16-35/50mm F1.2
most probably using the 24-70 since I dont have any micro lens

Nice Kit!, this is honestly personal but if I was on a budget, I'd go black as you can use it for other things - this will really bring out your White. If you are buying the background just for this you could go for anything rolleyes.gif. A Blue might be different and striking. It's pesonal choice of course. Personally I'd go for Both Blue/Black & Red as it will compliment the red in your build. I'd be expecting the Red to be my favourite but you don't really know until you try smile.gif

If you do close up shots you could use the prime easily and it will force you to move to frame - some of the best advice I had recently was to just take a prime out with me to shoot as it forces you to move yourself to get the frame and I was promised it would be fun. I didn't believe it but it was! - I don't really leave my zoom lens behind as you never know but I stuck to the programme and was pleased withthe results. Really looking forward to these shots mate smile.gif
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