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Any neutral uncomplicated background, that would distract interest in the gun, along with natural diffused daylight, or lighting that can closely replicate that, will give the best results.

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Originally Posted by Stanton Hillis
Hal, I'm about as far from a photographer as a man could be, but I once read here that in lieu of a professional backdrop and lighting the best bet was photographing guns outside on a cloudy day. I've done that for years and it has always worked well for me.

Seems like once again I will have to agree with you.

I am far from a pro, and not even a great amature. Paying someone to do it for you that is a pro if they use auto ANY settings send him down the road.

Would rather shoot birds, even with a camera, than guns for sale. Done a fair share of it and it can be difficult to get it right. Hazy days usually give the best results to represent the wood grain IME.

Wait did you say a NID 4E?! No. Yes. No! Well maybe... On the short list but not right now. VA inspector is coming tomorrow morning for a refi on the house though LOL.

Flash is harsh and the finish usually interfers with a clear picture. Bouncing the flash off the ceiling helps a lot, and even then have to usually turn down the power a bit on the strobe. And that is with popcorn ceiling which diffuses light more than modern ceilings. Bright sunlight does it even worse.

Actually won a weekly photo challenge couple of years ago. Challenge was marketing.

Pure white background is usually the best to make your subject "float". Why most marketing pictures are taken with a white light box with lights being diffused at the subject. Leather with a high shine present the same issues that a gun with a finish on it does.

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For guns a piece of rough canvas drop cloth for painting on a hazy day is hard to beat for showing detail. And pardon the pun, is a good canvas for a backdrop.

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At least IMO. Which is worth what you paid for it. But no distractions. Just the facts.

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I like the idea of the canvas drop cloth Mike. Those Aldens look fantastic.


I’d add to what’s been written here......more close ups and closer than you think.


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Originally Posted by Cold Iron
Seems like once again I will have to agree with you.

Is that so bad? wink

Great pics, and great advice it would seem. Thanks.


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He knows best. He is a wonderful contributor, and REALLY knows double guns!


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Steve’s photos are absolutely phenomenal! But I’m more of a simpleton. I use a clear 200 watt clear incandescent light bulb in a common shop lamp. Background is a blue shop towel and a iPhone. I adjust the swinging lamp to give minimum light bounce back and snap the photo. Works well for me.

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What I like about the clear 200 watt shop light is it doesn’t distort colors. What you see is what it is. Background is my old worn out workbench top.

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3 Dimable day light LED bulbs in IKEA adjustable work lights each on its own dimmer and an iPhone 8. Not high art but I feel it accurately represents the gun.
https://www.gunsinternational.com/g...a-pair.cfm?gun_id=101626420&cdn_bp=1

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Here are some thoughts on gun photography.
Daryl Hallquist to posted some images for me.

Non-reflective dead black background
No flash
Manual focus/manual metering camera
Understand depth of field
Tripod
Cable release

All were made with an Olympus E-20n – a 20-year old 5mp digital camera
(usually available for $50-60)
All exposures were ISO 100 and f 8 @ 1 second (or very close to it)

Posing stands and background material holders made from PVC pipe

Images were made with photo lights or outside using white poster board
to bounce-in sunlight

Happy to respond to specific questions

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Great ideas thanks

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