How To Take Better Photographs Of Your Mod

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cybergenics 16th February 2010, 00:08 Quote
Umm, some D-SLR's are not as good as the current crop of Electronic Viewfinder, Interchangeable Lens cameras like the Olympus EP-1 and others. In fact stuff like the Nikon D3000 and Canon 1000 are well of the pace of the E-P1 (and the other 'Pens'). Unlike a point and shoot (and they mostly have adopted wka micro four thirds lens) you can change the lenses. However they aren't cheap and a 'cheap' D-SLR is a good idea still.

The Olympus E-420 can be had for about 300-350 quid, it lacks image stabilisation but makes up for it with such features as the worlds smalled D-SLR and uses reular four thirds system. I use one for its portability with a Zuiko 25mm 'Pancake' lens and for the rest of my stuff an Olympus E30 with a variety of lenses. Don't get caught up in the 'Nikon or Canon' is best mentality if shopping for a D-SLR and consider things like the Olympus EP-1 and similar as alternatives.

Another thing regarding getting the most from your camera,if you are enthusiastic about spending some cas on the hobby... if you have invested cash in a decent camera, don't then edit your pictures with Microsoft Picture gallery on a nasty TN monitor. The number of times I have seen folk list an impressive string of D-SLR's in their signature on some forums and then their PC which uses something like a 'Hanns G' monitor or something.
Dave Lister 16th February 2010, 01:39 Quote
Originally Posted by Claave
Originally Posted by Dave Lister
This is a really informative and interesting article. Is there anyway i can save it as a favorite to my BT profile ? for future reference.

add a link to it in your sig?

Cheers Claave, will try that
Waynio 16th February 2010, 01:41 Quote
Moneys too tight to get a good £500 camera, I'd sooner buy a small mill or lathe or new gpu or mobo, memory & cpu, would really like to be able to take great pictures, but for said reasons above, not yet I'm afraid, I know I should do now the quality of my mods have improved since I started, but still, £500 & then the extras = ouch lol.
Waynio 16th February 2010, 01:43 Quote
Anyone know an awesome budget camera below £200?
rickysio 16th February 2010, 04:05 Quote
Originally Posted by Anfield
Originally Posted by rickysio
Perhaps, but DSLRs are always superior! :D

Of course no phone camera can compete with a DSLR, but its surprising how little difference there is between cheaper point and shoot ones compared to phone cameras.

Actually, quite a fair bit of difference - just compare the amount of resolved detail, noise levels, etc.
cybergenics 16th February 2010, 09:45 Quote
@Waynio, Nikon Coolpix L110.
Xtrafresh 16th February 2010, 12:00 Quote
Originally Posted by rickysio
Perhaps, but DSLRs are always superior! :D
Irrelevant. The best way to get good shots is either hiring a studi and professional photographer or going to study photography and beccome a professional yourself.


This article is about getting good results with fewer means. The truth is that you can take pretty decent shots with about 99% of the cameras out there as long as you handle them well. It's remarks like yours that demotivate people that do not own a DSLR into just taking snaps with their phones. This article is about motivating those people, and it does a mighty good job of it.
fabler 17th February 2010, 04:33 Quote
Its really a good article.. Thanks..
Waynio 17th February 2010, 09:35 Quote
@cybergenics, Thank you :)

And yes, it's a good article Antony, thanks, added to my favourites for future reference :), gotta say, when I started modding I never imagined it would help learning photography but after seeing some good examples from other modders it looks worth the effort.
I'm taking a break from forums for a bit though to refresh my senses as I've been behaving like a big dumb idiot in regard to cnc mods, I'll be back when I start a new project, maybe in the summer.
ernestBurney 17th February 2010, 15:12 Quote
So the general consensus is lots of light and a decent camera? How about we get some pic's of cases in random places like car-park lots and top of mountains...that'd switch it up
Combatus 17th February 2010, 16:25 Quote
Originally Posted by ernestBurney
So the general consensus is lots of light and a decent camera? How about we get some pic's of cases in random places like car-park lots and top of mountains...that'd switch it up

I don't even think it's about having a decent camera, at least not if by 'decent' you mean a dSLR. I've seen plenty of great pics from cameras costing a lot less but taken with good lighting, a tripod and people who know how to use their camera.
Cavedweller 17th February 2010, 22:36 Quote
I always prefer to use longer shutter times. Often as long as possible. especially if is in a dimly lit room.
This foto ha a 30 sec exposure at ISO100, and i used a lighter and a maglight for lightning. Moved the flashlight around a bit to get it a bit more omnidirectional.
Think it worked out pretty well.

It's horrobly compressed, but thats because of the site it's been upped to.
Stuey 18th February 2010, 22:48 Quote
Excellent guide!

How about a follow-up with the 5-10 most common noob mistakes, such as posting 12 photos of a stock case being removed from its box! Or how pics should not be posted at full resolution in the forum! Or arranged horizontally!
voigts 25th February 2010, 07:38 Quote
This is a very helpful guide for the basics and is just what I have been looking for. I finally broke down and bought a new Canon SX120 SLR camera and large light tent, and plan on using this tutorial tomorrow to see what i can come up with.
voigts 26th February 2010, 08:23 Quote
I read through the thread posted by Pookeyhead and it goes into even more detail. Very nice.
SNiiPE_DoGG 1st March 2010, 02:25 Quote
I'm glad I finally saw this article!

I know many have gone through my flow worklog and already have seen this post I am quoting but I think its pertinent to this topic :D

This is not the full case shooting setup but rather the worklog parts photography set.

The Final shots of flow were taken on a set so large I literally could not take a picture where you could see all of it. It was composed of 8 elichrom strobes, a 14 foot professional background and a 15 foot wraparound formica reflection shield.
Originally Posted by SNiiPE_DoGG

A few asked for set photos to see where the magic happens :) - here you are:

(24-70 lens on the 5d mkII atm ;))

Just know guys that practice makes perfect and dont get discouraged if your photos dont come up to the level of some of the stuff you see on worklogs. It takes a lot of patience and extra time away from working on your mod to devote to making the entire work log a quality photo shoot experience.

Personally I have apprenticed under my father (a professional photographer by trade) for over 10 years. When I am at home shooting these worklogs I have well over $40,000 worth of photo equipment at my disposal along with a very large room to set up in. Lastly, my dad helps me a great deal in the large set final shots which I still don't have the personal knowledge to set up in such a spectacular fashion as he does it.
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