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Post 22 Feb 2012, 17:58 • #26 
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BHSpey wrote:
Bulldog, maybe I'm just dense but I am really having a hard time visualizing how eaxactly you are using this 1/2 milk carton diffuser - would you have a photo of of how you are using it?

even if you use just a pocket camera with a built in macro mode and flash, the solution to good photography can be as simple as using a tripod, the built in timer and a milk jug cut in half (the long way) to hold over the flash for a diffuser.

literally, just hold it out in front of the flash - as close as you can get without knocking the camera and don't cover the lens. You just need one corner of the milk jug over the flash and the whole milk jug becomes your light source.
You can also "shape" the light by which way you lean the milk jug.
What you're essentially doing is turning your flash from thumbnail-sized bright spot with all the shadow that produces into a light source the size of a milk jug - i.e. bigger than the lens sight cone so there are no shadows.

cheap pocket camera (this long working distance doesn't need macro mode), tripod (don't need one this good), half a milk jug (need one this good), subject on gray card, messy garage
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If y'all had seen me lashing the second camera strap to the rudder halyard on a kayak to set up the first shot you would have been impressed :hat

play around with the angle to solve reflection problems - electrons are cheap


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Post 06 May 2012, 13:05 • #27 
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I have a light tent, but am too lazy to set it up most of the time. A diffuser works well, or a white umbrella for outside photos. Getting some shadows is important for depth in a relatively flat object. The light placement is important.


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Post 27 Jul 2012, 19:56 • #28 
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Very nice photography! I am new to the forum and would like some advice on how to upload photos of an old reel. Thanks


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Post 12 May 2013, 20:59 • #29 
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Great post with very helpfull ideas.

Thanks to all that contributed.

Regards,
FK


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Post 19 Nov 2013, 10:18 • #30 
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A well done post.


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Post 25 Dec 2013, 05:17 • #31 
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I'll second Sakana on that. I like the jug idea for maximizing the flash cone. And the 18% gray card, well ... you can't go wrong with that.
Sweet and simple. Bulldog, you are a true minimalist.

Brilliance in elegance.


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Post 02 Aug 2014, 16:10 • #32 
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turtledoc wrote:

Also, the reason I use a "V" shape set is so there is no seam line that shows as may be the case if the boards were at a 90 degree angle ... the "cave" softens the background.


You could also make an 'L' shape with the backdrop - and a shallow depth of field - to make it seamless. Or a 'C' if you want to cover the reel more fully to get a cleaner reflection. Either way, like a fashion shoot, you'd need a horizontal bar to support the backdrop.


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Post 24 Jul 2016, 10:43 • #33 
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My super-duper-high-tech photo studio ...

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I have a light tent ...but am too lazy to use it.

Dean.


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Post 24 Jul 2016, 12:56 • #34 
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Gotta give that a try Dean - my homemade tent does no where near a good as your photo.
John


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Post 10 Feb 2017, 13:52 • #35 
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I have many reels and rods to sell in the near future so I am going to begin playing with my camera and the lighting. Should be a lot of fun experimenting. Have to say, this forum is amazing.


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Post 07 Feb 2019, 23:30 • #36 
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I like seeing these photo setup ideas. So far I've just been shooting with my long 400mm on a tripod using ambient light from an outside window and a dark room as background...
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Post 08 Feb 2019, 09:35 • #37 
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Awesome photo para_adams! Beautiful old Perfect also!


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