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Here are links to individual galleries, containing my timepieces. At this point, I only own 12 watches (I just cracked the MOP dial on my Renato Wilde-Beast OTV, 2 days ago, so I'm down to 12)! :(

Had I took on this photography project, just 6 months ago, I would have close to 30 pieces in my collection. I have done some major "downsizing" in hopes of acquiring a Breitling. :)

Keep in mind that you'll need to visit each gallery to see pics of that specific watch.

Enjoy!
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Invicta Grand Lupah: http://public.fotki.com/dustbuster4/grand-lupah/

Invicta SAIII Quartz Chronograph on Rubber: http://public.fotki.com/dustbuster4/invicta-gunmetal-sa/

Invicta Ocean Ghost II: http://public.fotki.com/dustbuster4/invicta-ogii/

Invicta SAIII Automatic Chronograph (7750): http://public.fotki.com/dustbuster4/invicta-saiii-7750/

Invicta SAIII Automatic Chronograph (7751): http://public.fotki.com/dustbuster4/saiii-7751/

Invicta Swiss Ocean Ghost II: http://public.fotki.com/dustbuster4/invicta-swiss-made-/

Jacques Lemans F1 GMT: http://public.fotki.com/dustbuster4/jacques-lemans-f1-gmt/

Swiss Legend GMT: http://public.fotki.com/dustbuster4/swiss-legend-gmt/

Swiss Legend Ambassador: http://public.fotki.com/dustbuster4/swiss-legend-ambassador/ [Completed 10-20-09]


Swiss Legend Sportsmatic: http://public.fotki.com/dustbuster4/swiss-legend-sportsmatic/ [Completed 10-22-09]

Swiss Legend Octomatic: http://public.fotki.com/dustbuster4/swiss-legend-octomatic/ [Completed 10-21-09]

Android Continental (World Map Watch): http://public.fotki.com/dustbuster4/android-continental/ [Completed 10-20-09]

Renato Wilde-Beast OTV: [old photos] http://public.fotki.com/dustbuster4/renato-wilde-beast-/
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If you are interested, here are some of the timepieces that I have owned over the past 18 months . . .

http://public.fotki.com/dustbuster4/watchgeeks/

http://public.fotki.com/dustbuster4/watchgeeks2/
 

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Very Nice collection you have...You also have take some really good pics...Wear them well and get that Breitling you wont be disappointed...Thanks for sharing...
 

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OK I just went through all of your galleries and they are awesome. You really take great pictures.

Now some questions

are you using a light box? If yes what size do you use? Link to the one you have?

Also what type of camera are you currently using?
 

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Thanks!

I am using a home-made light box. Well, honestly, I didn't even use it when I just re-shot everything with a dark background! All of my "dark background" photography was done during the day, so I just channeled and manipulated natural light for these shots. The "lightbox" works great, for what it is, but sometimes, it's just easier to shoot without it. The lightbox is just 11" wide, by 11" tall, by 14" deep. It's just enough room to comfortably move a watch into the position that you want. I made it from a cardboard box, a white sheet, and whatever background(s) you wish to put inside for effect. I use LED lights which provides a clean, white light.

My camera is a 4-5 year old, refurbished Olympus C-7000 Zoom! Yes, that's what I use. :) http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/olympusc7000/

I am a testament that with very little materials, a low-budget camera, a tripod, and a lot of patience, you can take some good pics! :)
 

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I use LED lights which provides a clean, white light.

I never thought of this. I have hundreds of big powerful LED lights from the events we produce. I could easily use them with pictures but never thought of it until just now when you mentioned it.

i would love to see a picture of your set up where you shoot the watches. where you have your lights positioned, etc.

thanks again.
 

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I'll try and get some pics tomorrow, showing how I set things up.

It's almost embarrassing to show you as it is so unprofessional and totally "ghetto". :)
 

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I'll try and get some pics tomorrow, showing how I set things up.

It's almost embarrassing to show you as it is so unprofessional and totally "ghetto". :)
If what you are doing is classified as "ghetto" and getting the pictures you are - then what is the classification for what I am doing???????????? lol
 

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CurrentTime wrote:
I'll try and get some pics tomorrow, showing how I set things up.

It's almost embarrassing to show you as it is so unprofessional and totally "ghetto". :)
If what you are doing is classified as "ghetto" and getting the pictures you are - then what is the classification for what I am doing???????????? lol
Too funny! I use a window sill and hope there is enough sunlight.
 

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LOL!!!

You guys are killin' me!


POINT UNDERSTOOD!

My results are much improved from when I started. The "voodoo" I go through to get those shots, is what's unorthodox. :)

Whatever works . . . right?

Oh . . . make sure to have a basic (good) photo editing program which ends up saving many, many, many of my shots from the "delete" key! :)

You need to start with quality shots in order to enhance them through photo editing. Sometimes, the pics turn out so good, you just leave them as they are. :)
 

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LOL!!!

You guys are killin' me!


POINT UNDERSTOOD!

My results are much improved from when I started. The "voodoo" I go through to get those shots, is what's unorthodox. :)

Whatever works . . . right?

Oh . . . make sure to have a basic (good) photo editing program which ends up saving many, many, many of my shots from the "delete" key! :)

You need to start with quality shots in order to enhance them through photo editing. Sometimes, the pics turn out so good, you just leave them as they are. :)
well there I am ok - I use Photoshop every single day for work and know the program very well - but if you are starting with a really crappy photo, with glare and reflection, etc - no level of PS skills will help, lol
 

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LOL!!!

You guys are killin' me!


POINT UNDERSTOOD!

My results are much improved from when I started. The "voodoo" I go through to get those shots, is what's unorthodox. :)

Whatever works . . . right?

Oh . . . make sure to have a basic (good) photo editing program which ends up saving many, many, many of my shots from the "delete" key! :)

You need to start with quality shots in order to enhance them through photo editing. Sometimes, the pics turn out so good, you just leave them as they are. :)
So CT, what is the most common "fix" or "tool" that one would use in Photoshop?
I have tried but the end result is usually far worse.....doh!
 

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I don't even have Photoshop. That damn program makes my head spin! LOL

I just use Picasa3, which is fairly basic in it's editing abilities.

Honestly, the key for me was how to control my lighting. Even with the lower end of everything (camera, materials [or lack thereof], lighting source, etc) you can still come out with great shots to build upon in Photoshop.

The type of lighting is important (diffused natural light is excellent, as well as diffused LED). This is where even the most crude light box can be helpful. Allowing your subject to be bathed in diffused natural light (even coming from the window sill :) ) is the best light source for me. The key is to diffuse the light and eliminate hot spots.

Once I get my lights positioned as best that I can, then I will use "shades" or light blockers to eliminate "hots spots" of direct lighting from the light source. If your watch is bathed in diffused light, and there is no direct glare on the watch from your light source, the possibilities are endless for how you then further focus your shot and capture whatever aspect of the timepiece you wish. :)
 

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Thanks CT, since I use natural light I definitely have issues with glare. I'm going to play with the program and see what I come up with.

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I don't even have Photoshop. That damn program makes my head spin! LOL

I just use Picasa3, which is fairly basic in it's editing abilities.

Honestly, the key for me was how to control my lighting. Even with the lower end of everything (camera, materials [or lack thereof], lighting source, etc) you can still come out with great shots to build upon in Photoshop.

The type of lighting is important (diffused natural light is excellent, as well as diffused LED). This is where even the most crude light box can be helpful. Allowing your subject to be bathed in diffused natural light (even coming from the window sill :) ) is the best light source for me. The key is to diffuse the light and eliminate hot spots.

Once I get my lights positioned as best that I can, then I will use "shades" or light blockers to eliminate "hots spots" of direct lighting from the light source. If your watch is bathed in diffused light, and there is no direct glare on the watch from your light source, the possibilities are endless for how you then further focus your shot and capture whatever aspect of the timepiece you wish. :)
 

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Nice stuff, never got into the whole photography thing myself!
 

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I still don't think that my pics, here, are going to show you how I photograph my pics. :)

Also, the camera I use to photograph all my watches is the same camera I used to make this thread. Isn't it amazing that the camera that takes such good macro shots, took the (crappy) pics below. :?

I guess the more that I think of it, the lighting (or reduction in lighting) is what's key. It's not always about what light source I use, the position of the light, etc (which ARE important), but what's more important is directing the amount and location of the light on your subject. I use a number of "shades" which are just made from cardboard, to help block and reduce (or redirect) "hot spots" on the watch cases or crystals That takes practice, and that's how you obtain quality pics. :)

My goal when shooting, is to never allow a direct beam of light to shine on the watch (unless you want that as a special "effect", like to highlight texturization on a dial, or to focus on a particular sub-dial).

Anyways, here's my most humble setup, located in my guest bedroom, right next to the computer. . .

BTW: Here's how I made my light box . . . http://www.strobist.blogspot.com/2006/07/how-to-diy-10-macro-photo-studio.html


Homemade light box made out of a cardboard box, a tightly wrapped linen sheet and some tape. Also, you'll need whatever you wish to be inside as your background (white background is in). Lying on top is one of my light sources, and another sits on the desk.





Luckily, I already have a tripod from a camcorder I own. The tripod is CRUCIAL!





As you can see, the light box is located near a window for a natural light source (which I prefer to use). I only use artificial light at night, unless I use my LED flashlight (below) for lume charging or dial enhancement.





LED flashlight provides nice clean light.






Kinda the view, seen from the position of the camera, located on the tripod.





What's a "hot spot" (in case you're asking)? Look below at the "35" on the bezel (7 o'clock position) . . . that wash of light is a "hot spot" which needs to be eliminated in order to obtain a quality shot. What I will do is use one of my "shades" to block or diffuse the light that is shinning in this area. Otherwise, the remaining light is diffused quite well, and will lead to a good pic (below). :)




 

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Tripods are critical! :)


I've added 2 more watches today (see Orig post) . . .

ENJOY
Agreed CT, just when I think I have the right light, shot, etc. I'm shaking like an 8th grader at his first school dance!!:eek:
 
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