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Old 03-06-2013, 09:43 AM   #26 (permalink)
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I know this is not a hard fast rule but when I was being taught and this extended to my years as an assistant to multiple commercial photographers was that the minute and hour hands should frame the manufacturer's logo. so 10 and 2 or 2 and 10 usually.
Makes alot of sence as draws the eye to the manufacturers name, plus any additional dial text can also be read.

Wish i had read this last night. I think i see an additional photo shoot on my watches in the near future.
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Some companies don't place the logo at the top so that rule does not apply to them. When we did this in school it was an automatic failing grade if your hands where not correctly placed.
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I don't know where I picked up the link - maybe WuS - but I found this to be a great beginners guide when I started messing about with my first proper camera.

OP please keep it coming, more depth, more updates...

The best purchase was a table top tripod so you can get those long exposures.


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I'd tried to emulate your set up but I think I don't have enough light. I'd gone and bought am 85cm light tent and a 300-LED video light as my primary light for moounting above. But I think the angle of coverage is too small and leaves a hot spot on the top of the light tent without providing sufficient spread. if I lift it higher, the falloff is very significant and I'm not getting the amount of light I want. A longer exposure would be ok, but the second hands start blurring... Sigh... back to the drawing board.





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Below is my latest and greatest set up which is still quite basic and not too expensive yet very effective indeed. It consists of a light tent, above which is a single Electra Masterlite 1000, supported by two simple backdrop stands. I had to fashion a crossbar out of a spare bit of wood but 15 minutes in the garage with a drill and a sander and job done! The reason a crossbar was needed was simply because I wanted the light shining down from above the light tent and a one stand solution would have left the light angled slightly from one side or the other. I also needed the light up and out of the way as that spare bedroom is not big..

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One thing you might mention in your camera phone section is that you can use the iPhone earbuds as a remote shutter release. I'm not sure about other phones, but it's quite handily with an iPhone!
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We where taught (could have been an urban myth) this was primarily started by swatch to standardize the look and make the logo a focus in the ads.
I thought it was because it made the watch\clock look like it was "smiling", and all the positive things that marketers want come from that.

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I thought it was because it made the watch\clock look like it was "smiling", and all the positive things that marketers want come from that.

Did anyone else get a dead link from the OP?

Should be fine. Just clicked it and all was well on my browser. Could have been when we were transferring the site from Wordpress.com to standalone.
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Thank you so very much for your well written guide. It is informative, intuitive and very, very instructional. One of my big [color=purple]?'s was; Why do my 1mp pics look better than my 3>mp pics. It will take me a bit of time to accumulate, aka [color=purple]MacGyver, the equipment, but at least I know what to scrounge for!

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Really nice guide, thank you!
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Really nice guide, thank you!
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Another guide for 'product' but specifically for photographing cameras is here http://cameras.alfredklomp.com/prodphot

I've found the last few tips about setting the correct white balance, and white & black points and then adjusting the gamma in a graphics program, very helpful - along with trying to use diffused light. Your mileage may vary with that in sunnier climes ....
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Well done. Thankyou so much will try and see what I can produce from my trusty DSLR today.
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Thank you for this great guide!

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hi WingTsun,

Thanks for the guide. I have been following your blog and your watch photography...

just curious, what do you use to hold the watch strap? I am referring to the watch holder that makes the watch strap constantly round during the shoot.
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Thanks for sharing
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With the 3ds Max training i've been doing i had to get PhotoShop for post production work on the renders. So happily i've followed these great instructions and very impressed.
On the downside, i now have a list of photos to retake... maybe this weekend i will take over the kitchen table as my photo studio. Can just imagine the wifes face when all the watches come out. lol
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A while ago I spent a few days writing a long and detailed Guide To Photographing Watches. It's since been posted on several watch forums and many members seem to have found it useful so I'll post it here, too, if no-one minds and hope it helps some members here capture the beauty of their beloved timepieces.

It's designed for beginners but others may find the odd useful tip, too. It talks you though equipment, basic technique, lighting, set-up, shooting, post-processing, uploading to the net and finally posting on a forum. I hope it helps a few members get into a fun hobby and for others to stay in it and maybe even improve the photos posted daily on the forum.

A Guide To Photographing Watches

If you need to find it in the future there's a link towards the bottom of the right sidebar menu on my blog.


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This really is a great, practical guide. I especially appreciate the fact that you don't demand high end equipment!

One niggle is the recommendation to set white balance to auto. This probably works well in a light tent and with a Nikon camera but others don't do such a good job. I use Sony NEX cameras and their white balance is terrible. Even in a light tent I'd set white manually as the first step!
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This really is a great, practical guide. I especially appreciate the fact that you don't demand high end equipment!

One niggle is the recommendation to set white balance to auto. This probably works well in a light tent and with a Nikon camera but others don't do such a good job. I use Sony NEX cameras and their white balance is terrible. Even in a light tent I'd set white manually as the first step!
Yes, that's probably good advice. That said, WB is easily corrected in Photoshop or similar afterwards so it's not the end of the word if you get it wrong. Nicer to get it right first time, though.
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Really good read, a bit of history on me. I was a professional photographer from about twenty to my very early thirties. We had a photograph a watch assignment when I was in college. This tutorial lays out the simple and effective way to do this. One thing it leaves out is where the hands should be placed. I know this is not a hard fast rule but when I was being taught and this extended to my years as an assistant to multiple commercial photographers was that the minute and hour hands should frame the manufacturer's logo. so 10 and 2 or 2 and 10 usually. We where taught (could have been an urban myth) this was primarily started by swatch to standardize the look and make the logo a focus in the ads. We where also told 90% of the time if the hands where not correct your invoice for would not be paid and you would be ordered to re shoot the job.
Thanks for that tip. I acutally notice that with watchmakers when they post pics. Its always 10 and 2. I will try to use it when I sell my collection.
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Wow, thanks for the public service!


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Very useful, indeed! Thanks for sharing this informative guide. I hope to start photographing a few of my watches in the near future.
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Wow...love your light tent..
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Very useful info. Many thanks.
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