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Offline JosephLara

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Guide to photograph a guitar?
« on: July 29, 2013, 08:20:50 PM »
Hey guys, it's been a long time since I posted on the forum, but here I am. I have a question for those of you who are good with lighting angles and that sort of thing. What will I need to take a picture like this. I only have 1 flash, will that be enough? Thanks!
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Re: Guide to photograph a guitar?
« Reply #1 on: July 30, 2013, 01:40:02 PM »
I'm no expert at all but to get the ball rolling...

1- where are you going to shoot it?
2- indoors or out?
3- night or day?
4- what kind of background?
5- what other light is available?
6- what is the purpose/what are you trying to convey with the shot?


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Re: Guide to photograph a guitar?
« Reply #2 on: July 30, 2013, 03:23:35 PM »
I'm no expert at all but to get the ball rolling...

1- where are you going to shoot it?
2- indoors or out?
3- night or day?
4- what kind of background?
5- what other light is available?
6- what is the purpose/what are you trying to convey with the shot?

What he said with the emphasis on that last question.
Take your camera with you dammit. You can't take your next "best photo" if your camera is sitting at home in the bag, now can you?

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Re: Guide to photograph a guitar?
« Reply #3 on: July 31, 2013, 07:05:13 PM »
I'm no expert at all but to get the ball rolling...

1- where are you going to shoot it?
2- indoors or out?
3- night or day?
4- what kind of background?
5- what other light is available?
6- what is the purpose/what are you trying to convey with the shot?

1. my home
2. indoors
3. day
4. white
5. daylight, not much
6. just to have really good pictures of my guitar
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Re: Guide to photograph a guitar?
« Reply #4 on: August 01, 2013, 10:02:00 AM »
Hola.. For a white background, I would suggest lighting it from the side with as much or as little light as you want.  If you can get the flash off the camera, all the better.  This way you might get some shadowing of the strings.  I'd also shoot it slightly from one side so shadowing hits your background to give it some pop. 

What color is your guitar?

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Re: Guide to photograph a guitar?
« Reply #5 on: August 01, 2013, 10:48:52 AM »
I think it was excaliber that did a shot from the top of the neck, down the fret board, it looked amazing.
C&C always welcome. If you want to try re-editing any of my shots, feel free.

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