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    Gun Photography Thread

    I thought it would be a good idea to start a thread dedicated to Gun Photography, rather than continue to use Non-Glock Firearms. After all, somebody might have a real question about non-Glock firearms, right?

    Here's my latest effort, this time I used a RAW file and finished it up with Adobe Photoshop Elements. The dull finish of this gun is holding me back, I think, so I'm going to make a few photos of stainless Ruger Vaqueros to see if I can handle the difference in reflectiveness (is that even a word?). I think I also need some more wattage. Hmmm. Maybe a visit to B&H Photo is in my future.

    Anyway, here's another contribution:

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    Why are you using the RAW format?
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    Is there a sitting fee or does my Glock need an appointment? Lastly can I get wallet size as well?

    Chris great idea, we have talked in the past at how well your pics turn out and especially when you are doing circles, ovals, and names. I believe everyone can benefit from this thread especially when they need to show others a problem they are having.

    Now just how do you get them to smile?
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    Quote Originally Posted by EdF702 View Post
    Why are you using the RAW format?
    Because I can adjust the white balance with Photoshop, and I can't do it with iPhoto. It seems to produce better detail. These improvements are coming slower and slower now....am I missing something big? This time I let Photoshop do the work with AUTO white balance. Advice appreciated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OklahomaSafeShooting View Post
    Is there a sitting fee or does my Glock need an appointment? Lastly can I get wallet size as well?

    Chris great idea, we have talked in the past at how well your pics turn out and especially when you are doing circles, ovals, and names. I believe everyone can benefit from this thread especially when they need to show others a problem they are having.

    Now just how do you get them to smile?
    Thanks, Oklahoma. But let's be honest, the Fearless Leader in this area is EdF702, his work is brilliantly clear, and he's the one who shared the idea of the light box.

    There will be no sitting fee, but the BATFE will have us both in the slammer if you send me a gun for a photo. Their sense of humor is probably a little thin these days, don't you think?

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    Quote Originally Posted by EdF702 View Post
    Why are you using the RAW format?
    RAW offers so much more flexibility in post processing.
    When you set your camera to save in jpg format, a large amount of image data is discarded by the camera and can not be retrieved. RAW does not do this until post processing is complete and the image is then saved to another format. Even then, the original RAW file is still preserved for future use.

    Basicly, RAW is to digita what the negative is to film.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jmohme View Post
    RAW offers so much more flexibility in post processing.
    When you set your camera to save in jpg format, a large amount of image data is discarded by the camera and can not be retrieved. RAW does not do this until post processing is complete and the image is then saved to another format. Even then, the original RAW file is still preserved for future use.

    Basicly, RAW is to digita what the negative is to film.
    That makes sense, to a degree.... For me, I'm basically taking nice digital snap-shots. I understand the software interpretation vs actual image, but I'm not prepared to spend the time with the processing.... I should, I have Aperture 3, but I just shoot 'em, size 'em and share 'em...
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    Quote Originally Posted by cohland View Post
    Because I can adjust the white balance with Photoshop, and I can't do it with iPhoto. It seems to produce better detail. These improvements are coming slower and slower now....am I missing something big? This time I let Photoshop do the work with AUTO white balance. Advice appreciated.

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    That looks good.... Keep doing that!
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    I moved this from the other thread.... I'm not what could by any stretch be called a photographer! But these are getting there IMHO...

    Here's examples of the "evolution of my pistol photography.... It's getting there, but it takes practice....

    Early... No light box..



    Now with light box, but with a compact digital camera and struggling with the white balance...




    Most recent stuff.... Now with DSLR and using (3) lights with the light box and getting better with the white balance...

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    Quote Originally Posted by cohland View Post
    Thanks, this is an area where I have a LOT to learn. I wonder if we shouldn't start a thread just for gun photography?

    My Nikon D80 will allow me to capture photos both with JPEG fine and RAW at the same time, so I've got that set up, and I have Photoshop Elements that will allow me to work with the RAW photos. Now I can experiment, because I have almost no idea what to do with a RAW image other than save it as something else. A little more experimentation time is all I need.

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    Good book to learn about processing Raw images...

    I usually output to both jpeg and Raw images... Then, if I'm lazy, I can just use the jpeg... If something tricky screws up the exposure, I can fix it in Raw mode...
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