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Old 07-15-2012, 01:15 PM   #1 (permalink)
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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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Thanks for sharing!
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Thanks for sharing!

You're most welcome. It's been fun on a couple of forums to see the results a few members have had by following the guide. Always good to see it's actually doing some good. ;D
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Thanks that was interesting
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Thanks for sharing.
Some really usefull stuff - hadn't thought about combining 2 images!
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Mods, think Wing's post might be useful as a "pinned"?
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WOW! Thanks guys. Glad you're finding it of use!!
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Great stuff, many thanks for sharing!

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Thank's for the article WingTsun. I have been switching to using my Panasonic TZ3 recently at 1MP in macro mode. 1MP is all you need I agree.


The only thing to watch for is distortion, this sometimes makes the watch look odd.


I must get/make a light tent because my photo's are rubbish, mainly due to using artificial light and the lack of reflection control. Maybe HDR would be fun also.


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Mike, yes, I am looking forward to dipping my toe into HDR, too.
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Thank you, WingTsun, that was very well written.
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Thank you for posting this useful and well written article. I especially appreciated your discussion of the lack of need for cameras of huge megapixel capacity in order to take good watch photos. Good work !!!
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Thanks, WingTsun, for a well-written and very informative article. I also love the pictures on your site, especially the watch stands - they make a great display platform for your great watches. Now I guess I have to break down and start figuring out what all the little do-dads on my DSLR will do. Maybe I'll have to find the owner's manual and read it . . .
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I just read the guide and I am impressed. You wrote everything in details.
Added to bookmarks.
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You're welcome, guys and gals! Really glad you're finding it useful. I will hopefully get round to adding some illustrative pictures to the article at some point in the near future.
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Really nice, easy to follow write up, thank you. Any suggestions for a nice Canon macro glass?
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Can't help personally, I'm afraid. I've always used Nikon! ;D
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Thanks for that...I really have issues when selling watches coz of my bad photographic skills :
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I'm going to update this guide soon with some pics of how to set things up and also info about a new lighting setup I've just bought in which should work very well and, for most, won't break the bank, either.
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I've just added the below (plus some more setup images) to the http://thirtyfivemill.com/photographing-watches/"]Guide To Watch Photography[/url].

One of the things I love about amateur photography is learning to innovate and to make do with what you have. Achieving good results in your own home whilst your wife and children whizz all around you is a challenge and forces you to use some real initiative with both your space and your equipment. But, hey, that's half the fun of it for me! Can I achieve results, comparable to a professional in a studio environment, with just a basic, home-made setup stuffed into one corner of my spare bedroom? Well, it nay take me a fraction longer but I think I can!!

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..



Jocke has a very http://www.nikonforum.se/index.php?/topic/28844-hem-studio/"]similar setup[/url] except he has an acrylic light box with the Masterlite flat on top. My thanks to him for the spending the time to give me all the info on these lights! I believe they will make things a lot easier and allow me to play with light in a different way.
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Exactly what I've been looking for. Many thanks for taking the time to post.
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This is what brought me to discover this site. A great article, very well done and just what I needed, and a new watch site. THANK YOU!
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A most awesome resource!!
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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.
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