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Forum topic by 12strings posted 11-14-2013 10:52 PM 1466 views 0 times favorited 13 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-14-2013 10:52 PM

Topic tags/keywords: photos

Looking at losts of projects, tool-restores, forum topics, and blogs has informed me of a few things:

-Most LJ’s make nicer projects than me, but perhaps not all.
-Most LJ’s know more about tool restoration than me, but perhaps not all.
-Most LJ’s are more eloquent writers than me, but perhaps not all.

HOWEVER…the one thing I have discovered is that WITHOUT FAIL…


I don’t know if its skill, garage lighting, or camera quality, or the fact that some of you clean up the dust before taking pictures, but everybody’s pictures of their projects and shop upgrades and tool restores look great!

Keep up the good work!

-- I'm strictly hand-tool only...unless the power tool is faster and easier!

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#1 posted 11-14-2013 10:56 PM


-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#2 posted 11-14-2013 11:17 PM

You’re not alone. I have actually done quite of bit of photography for the last ten years (mostly landscapes and stuff like that). I even have some nice equipment including a Canon EOS 40d, nice flash, and a few lenses. However, I can’t seem to take a decent picture of any of my boxes. I’ve tried light boxes, custom white balances, outside, outside in shade, inside, etc, etc, etc. and just never turns out well. Product shots is a type of photography all in itself. I would say the same as Wayne and just keep practicing. Google some product shot types and see what you can find. Good luck!

-- David

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#3 posted 11-14-2013 11:34 PM

I checked out your very nice projects. There is really nothing “wrong” with your photography. You are just not going to the extent some of us go to in order to make our mediocre projects look good. :-)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#4 posted 11-14-2013 11:44 PM

I let the next door neighbor lady take most of my photos. She’s got a knack for it. The shabby looking ones are all mine…

-- “If Jesus had been killed twenty years ago, Catholic school children would be wearing little electric chairs around their necks instead of crosses.” ― Lenny Bruce

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#5 posted 11-14-2013 11:50 PM

Except for about 10% of the members we are all pretty even. About 10% I bow to every time they post and dream one day to be that good.

I don’t know doodly about tool restoration

Patron is the only poet among us. Most of us are smart a!!!s that like to talk.

50% of the members need to take better pictures. I am a charter member of that group.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#6 posted 11-15-2013 12:18 AM

My taking photos is very bad. Auto-focus doesn’t work on the new camera, trying to learn about something called Macro…

Old camera wasn’t too bad, just got worn out.

Restoring old tools can be addicting, watch out.

Not every project needs to be a Sheraton, sometimes a down and dirty, slap it together one does wonders for you. Just the using of tools to put something together helps me calm down. Even keeps me out of the bars.

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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#7 posted 11-15-2013 02:30 AM

Don’t downgrade yourself. Just make a point to challenge yourself with your projects and learn from them. The greatest artists didn’t start that way. Just be willing to learn and occasionally laugh at yourself.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#8 posted 11-15-2013 03:29 AM

I took a quick peek at your photos. Not really all that bad. And not a sideways or upside down photo in the bunch. No. You have a LOT of LJ photographers beat.

-- Jim, Georgia, USA

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#9 posted 11-15-2013 04:04 PM

Any time you think you are lacking talent for photography, just go look at some Craig’s List postings and get over that feeling.

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#10 posted 11-15-2013 09:43 PM

Most of us are “snapshot” takers. A good picture requires a photographic approach; equipment, lighting, background. Professional photographers take sometimes hundreds of shots of a single subject and scan through them to find the best shot. Thank goodness for digital photography. You can now take thousands of shots with no film cost.

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#11 posted 11-15-2013 09:47 PM

if you want to feel better about your photos, just read the threads i’ve posted in…. terrible but hey??

-- Who is John Galt?

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#12 posted 11-15-2013 11:18 PM

Crank49, You have a great point…when it comes to photography, All lumberjocks, me included, have craigslist posters beat by a mile!

Perhaps I should use the real camera and not my cell phone…mmmm…

-- I'm strictly hand-tool only...unless the power tool is faster and easier!

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#13 posted 11-18-2013 08:22 PM

Photos are like language. It’s ok as long as it’s recognizable. Not many of us are not accomplished photographers so we just do the best we can. That doesn’t mean we can’t improve with time.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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