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    Taking photos of a pen

    Feel free to join in folks - this is intended to be a "hints and tips from our mates" kind of thread. Several people on this forum have been extremely helpful to me personally over the years, in getting my photos sorted, so every now and then, its good to pass on some of the stuff we've learned.

    I'll start the ball rolling, since I've been quite vocal in another thread on the virtues of taking a good piccie......

    It's possible to lavish money on a good photo setup, but getting the basics right to start with will help enormously, particularly if you don't feel inclined to buy yet more gear for an already expensive hobby. Holding the camera steady is a must, especially in low light, to avoid camera shake and to eliminate any close up out of focus issues. Cameras are quite easy to deal with as they can be mounted on a tripod or stood on a book or something, but phones and tablets are a bit more tricky.

    I really do think that it's pretty imperative to have a steady camera/phone/tablet/whatever, so for anything that isn't a camera, try to find a way to stick it on some sort of home made tripod or steadying kind of arrangement. A bit of masking tape to attach it to a propped up wooden pole is all it takes, and I'm sure that others will have some different inventive methods of achieving the same thing too.

    There, that's my two penneth for now. I'm sure lots of people will have something to say about lighting and backgrounds and light tents and software and photo editing and......

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    Ok Phil.
    Iím not the greatest photographer of pens (as you know).
    My last set up was a piece of white wallpaper backing paper , laid over a chair with a cardboard base, to keep the pen level.
    The sun was over my left shoulder and my I-phone was hand held allowing me to use the zoom feature to get some sort of focus top to bottom of the pen.
    Ruff, yep. Acceptable, just, expensive no.
    Sorry. 😱

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    My set up simple yet effective. I tend to adjust the white balance before taking the photo and also avoid direct sunlight a bright day helps.

    With this and the editor on the computer for the last little tweaks. Sorry about the camera photo took that with my cheap and cheerful phone

    The setup camera and results
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dalboy View Post
    My set up simple yet effective.
    The setup camera and results
    Derek the photograph of the pen looks great and the photo of the camera looks like the photos I take of my pens.
    What camera is that?
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    Phil, thanks for starting this thread. It is certainly very timely, and needful. Turning pens covers a lot of ground which I had not anticipated when starting out on this " hobby".
    Did you mention " bottomless pit" ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by alan morrison View Post
    Derek the photograph of the pen looks great and the photo of the camera looks like the photos I take of my pens.
    What camera is that?
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    It is a Fujifilm Finepix F80 EXR but it is an old model But I am sure there are other cameras that do the same
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dalboy View Post
    My set up simple yet effective. I tend to adjust the white balance before taking the photo and also avoid direct sunlight a bright day helps.

    With this and the editor on the computer for the last little tweaks. Sorry about the camera photo took that with my cheap and cheerful phone

    The setup camera and results
    That's pretty good set up Derek. I will get myself a cheap camera when funds allow. What I didn't know (and now do, thanks to Phil) is that a 'phone or ipad devices only take pictures in one orientation. The screen display may be showing the picture the "correct" way up, but the device only scans a picture in one position. That's why my pictures were displaying upside down. Maybe everyone know that, but i certainly did not. The answer, of course is, "turn the device over"

    I have learnt a very salient point here. Thanks to all for the help and advice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dalboy View Post
    It is a Fujifilm Finepix F80 EXR but it is an old model But I am sure there are other cameras that do the same
    Derek, do you use a tripod or what way do you steady the camera?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dalboy View Post
    It is a Fujifilm Finepix F80 EXR but it is an old model But I am sure there are other cameras that do the same
    Derek, do you use a tripod or what way do you steady the camera?

    Alan

     
     
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