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WOW! A use for my 350D SLR!

Discussion in 'Photography & Video' started by jamoor, 24 May 2006.

  1. jamoor

    Sgarrista

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    Location: Nottinghamshire

    OK my dad has around 3000 items that need photographing.
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    this is the kinda stuff that needs photos taken of.

    What can we do to do this? I was thinking of a light tent with those lights that you get on ebay for around £80

    Any other reccomendations, the potential flaw I have noticed with a tent is that I need to take photos from directly above the item, how is that achieved using a light tent?

    Thanks for your help!!
     
  2. morgan

    Wise Guy

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    shoot raw, light tent would be beneficial. tripod. low iso would be my tips ;)
     
  3. jamoor

    Sgarrista

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    how do you get a tripod into a light tent exactly?
     
  4. AdWright

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    A tripod with a centre column that can be mounted horizontally could be helpful in this case, allowing you to have the camera to be positioned easily over the tent.

    eg:
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  5. mrgubby

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    Get one of these from a high street electronics/hobby shop.

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    They give pretty good results :)
     
  6. m3csl2004

    Hitman

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    3000 different items OoOoOoOoOo

    how many photos are you gonna be taking man :eek:

    i would say shoot jpeg, at least 3000 raw files are gonna take some shifting
     
  7. aztechnology

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    or make your own from a few bit of white card, and some old grey/blue cloth. Mind you if those little cages are cheap, then buy one.

    If I had around 3000 similar shots to take, I would definately use a tripod, pre-focus with enough DoF to capture it all and use a cable release. Using studio equipment or a tent I think would be overkill, just arrange some white card to give a nice walled box, and bounce a flash into the box from above. Take test shots to get exposure sorted, and Bobs your uncle.

    I wouldn't fancy taking all those shots mind, I once did about 100 shots it took far longer than I wanted it too, and you have 3000. Jpeg will be fine, processing 3000 RAW's will take soe time, even if you use a load of batch actions.


    Oh most importantly, get some rechargable batteries for your flashgun...
     
  8. mrgubby

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    Its made from cloth so light shines through the sides for that nice soft glow/low shadow effect
     
  9. ^^Gord^^

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    That looks pretty neat, what's called? Who makes it?
     
  10. mrgubby

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    google for 'Portable Soft Lighting Studio'
     
  11. AndyBorzi

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    I just googled it and will probably get one.

    From the same place, you can buy Mobile Phone camera tripods!! :eek: :D
    (just kinda tickled me!)
     
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  12. ^^Gord^^

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    Got it, cheers!
     
  13. MarcLister

    Capodecina

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    Which Manfrotto tripod is that AdWright? That looks pretty cool and I would probably love to get one and experiment when I get my 350D. How much are we talking in general for this?
     
  14. Spoonman

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    Yeah, at work I've got a £25ish one from eBay (they've gone down a lot recently it seems). Defuses the light apparantly, certainly better than shooting on a table or something.

    I'm still trying to convince them to buy some daylight flash bulbs (£180 ish for two, shop around) as lighting conditions can be a pain. I generally use the custom white balance feature and/or tweak the colour temperature in software.
     
  15. AdWright

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    Not sure, just googled for Manfrotto. However, I have the 190ProB, which is very versatile (removable centre column that can be mounted sideways as well, really low minimum height etc) which cost £89 for the legs. Then you'll need to add a head appropriate to your use. I have a ball head (484RC2) which has a useful quick release plate. The head cost about £39
     
  16. MarcLister

    Capodecina

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    Thanks for that AdWright, just had a quick look at one photography site and think I've found it. Will check out some other sites later on.