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Watch Photography - what do you use?

Post by docrwm on Fri 05 Nov 2010, 3:48 pm

I'm toying with changes to my photography setup for shooting the watches. I've used a Sony H7 for several years but then bought a Panasonic ZS5. Both are really nice with the Panasonic so much sharper IMHO. I've been using a mini-tripod, light box, and dedicated lamps for the shots over the past year or so. That's made a big difference in the outcome.

Recently bought a Pentax K-x dSLR. I'm toying with doing macro shots with it and was given Manual 28, 50, and 135mm lenses. Extension tubes and reverse adapters are the easy way, I hear, to turn an old manual lens into a killer Macro Lens for pennies.

My son got an offer to buy Photoshop CS5 extended, Lightroom 3, and Painter 11 for $299. So, I may well be playing with those here in a few weeks too.

So, what do you use to take shots of your watches?

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Post by porschefan on Fri 05 Nov 2010, 3:56 pm

Anything recent, iPhone.
Until it died, an HP point and shoot. No special lights, light boxes, photoshop (oh, wait, I did use photobuckets effects on one photo), etc.
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Post by andrema on Fri 05 Nov 2010, 6:13 pm

iPhone 4 and a Sony Cybershot DSCW300 13.6MP Digital Camera.

I just swapped out from the Blackberry Bold to the iPhone 4. I actually really like the camera on this phone, good quality. Taking a picture takes a little getting used to, but overall it is pretty nice.
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Post by sixtysix on Sat 06 Nov 2010, 6:55 am

Kodak Easy Share DX7590 quite a few years old, just picked up another similar Kodak at a pawn shop....an Easy Share Z650 both have the Schneider-Kreuznach lenses on them.
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Re: Watch Photography - what do you use?

Post by bodypeersur on Sat 06 Nov 2010, 11:04 am

Panasonic Digital Video Cassette Recorder. Now the video screen has burned up and I actually have to use the view finder but it takes fantastic macro shots. Crystal clear! cheers
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Post by docrwm on Sat 06 Nov 2010, 11:21 am

It's amazing both how resourceful and wide-ranging people's options are for Macro work!

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