photography? woodworking? Which is a more pressing skill to learn?

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Blog entry by NaptownWood posted 03-22-2014 05:02 AM 1731 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This, my latest bowl and latest sh!& photography, is better lighting than usual, but still Sh!&.
Mostly because you can see all of my tool marks if the pics are too close.

I need advice on an “in shop” light box or something.

The one that doesnt show toolmarks.

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#1 posted 03-22-2014 12:43 PM

It’s one of the biggest weaknesses of the posts here. I don’t believe that it’s just because of people using camera phones. It’s because we don’t learn to do it correctly. Thus, improperly posted pictures.

There is a few listings here for light boxes. I want to set up a white wall to photograph against. Like any tool, we need to learn to use it properly.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 03-22-2014 03:43 PM

Good photography is so much more than just having a good camera and taking pictures…it is a learned skill that takes countless hours of learning, educating yourself and practice… and is art in itself. It takes a lot of learning and practice just as much as any other area such as woodworking that any of us have a desire to continually improve in. Photography is like woodworking…the more we learn the more we realize we do not know…and must continually improve.

I see so many photos on Lumberjocks that are turned sideways, taken with poor lighting, blurry, full of distracting backgrounds and on and on. if a person takes pride in their woodwork then they should also take pride in how it is presented to others..

You can search and find really affordable and portable photo cube light boxes, lighting, books about all areas of photography.

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#3 posted 03-23-2014 12:59 PM

Make your own light box. Open structure covered in white muslin solid bottom, make sure to cut holes in the top back corner to accept a dowel to hold seamless, (what ever color ironed cloth). The lights shine through the muslin to light the object. I think you can find youtube videos to explain better than I am

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#4 posted 03-25-2014 03:25 AM



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#5 posted 03-25-2014 03:44 AM

I’m just happy to see the projects here. Whether or not it’s award winning photography is unimportant to me. And I LOVE photography. I am the photographer for a golf tournament every year down in Hilton Head, I’ve entered competitions (2nd place was the best I finished), and I am an avid Photoshop user and aspiring aerial videographer and photographer.

But here? It doesn’t bother me to see the background of tools, mess, etc. In fact, after I am done drooling over the projects, I usually move on to the background and drool over a workbench, or tools, or whatever is in the background to drool over! LOL! :)

Now. If it was a website where you were selling said projects?! Then I expect time taken to show them in the best light possible.

Here? You are getting my iPhone pics. :)

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