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    Photographing wrist watches

    I'd like to be able to take nice pictures of wristwatches.
    (like product photographs)


    I am limited to my Panasonic FZ200 and no additional special equipment.
    (Hopefully I'll win the tripod comp raffle thing though )

    PP I do have PS Elements and LR.

    So given this 'basic' equipment can anyone offer any advice / tips / tricks?
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    Buy the book "Light: Science and Magic" by Biver, Fuqua et al.

    It will show you exactly how to photograph watches (etc ... ).
    Taught me more about light and lighting in a week than I had learned in the previous 50+ years ... .

    It's also cheap ... .
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    I have a bit of fascination with product pics, but cant afford a great setup, so this is mine ;
    20151222-20151223_084235_resized.jpg

    20151223-JOD_7557.jpg

    I have two table lamps from Bunnings that cost $8 ea and a small tripod. Two LED flood lamps that are K5500 ( you have to grind off the lamps to fit the bulbs)
    Some white paper as reflectors/deflectors.

    This is what you can do (I am happy with the results for a beginner)

    20151218-JOD_7365.jpg

    20151218-JOD_7378.jpg

    Hope it helps.
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    Very well done, John.

    I have a link to some excellent stuff by a very creative fellow named Robert Evagelista. Here:

    http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/56422806

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    I think the main thing to get right is the shadow areas and reflections.
    Thanks for the link JK.

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    Quote Originally Posted by landyvlad View Post
    (Hopefully I'll win the tripod comp raffle thing though http://www.photoforum.com.au/images/...0309_smile.gif )
    So when you don't win that tripod try resting your camera on a bean bag. Much cheaper an quite stable.

    Quote Originally Posted by John King View Post
    Very well done, John.

    I have a link to some excellent stuff by a very creative fellow named Robert Evagelista. Here:

    http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/56422806
    Think John D's example is better.

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    Thanks all !

    And for reasons known best to ourselves---- MarkL you are a bloody legend. Thanks.

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    Hi landyvlad,
    This isn't my usual area of interest but I do read a photographer's blog by the name of Ming Thein and he does quite a bit of watch photography, at least in the past.
    Have a search of his blog but you might be interested in these 3 entries in particular:
    http://blog.mingthein.com/2012/03/05...-introduction/
    http://blog.mingthein.com/2012/03/06...hat-youve-got/
    http://blog.mingthein.com/2012/03/07...tting-serious/
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