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Looking for some feedback on my cigar pictures.

This is a discussion on Looking for some feedback on my cigar pictures. within the Cigar Pictures forums, part of the The Gallery category; Over the past few months I have taken some cigar pictures with a basic camera just as a hobby...maybe as ...

  
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    Full grown Puffer Fish bn087's Avatar


     

    Looking for some feedback on my cigar pictures.

    Over the past few months I have taken some cigar pictures with a basic camera just as a hobby...maybe as a way to remember some, others I used for reviews, and some just to see how well they would come out.

    If you have a chance to view some of my profile pictures and leave me some feedback I'd appreciate it very much.

    Thanks Guys!

    This link should work http://www.puff.com/forums/vb/member...-pictures.html

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    Up on One ckay's Avatar


     

    Re: Looking for some feedback on my cigar pictures.

    Looks good. The only thing I concern myself with when taking photos is lighting, and composition. Play around with the composition of your subject. When taking photos of a cigar, get rid of as much distractions in the background as possible.

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    Up on One ckay's Avatar


     

    Re: Looking for some feedback on my cigar pictures.

    Examples of composition:





    A big difference compared to these:



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    The Widows Son guitar7272's Avatar


     

    Re: Looking for some feedback on my cigar pictures.

    Quote Originally Posted by ckay View Post
    Looks good. The only thing I concern myself with when taking photos is lighting, and composition. Play around with the composition of your subject. When taking photos of a cigar, get rid of as much distractions in the background as possible.
    Sounds like a perfect opportunity to play around with some bokeh.

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    Up on One ckay's Avatar


     

    Re: Looking for some feedback on my cigar pictures.

    Quote Originally Posted by guitar7272 View Post
    Sounds like a perfect opportunity to play around with some bokeh.
    Playing around with depth is awesome. I've been away from photography for a while, but when I do, I can get lost in taking various version of the same subject based solely on boken...LOL!

    I remember shooting film in an elective course at school, and I'd get 3-4 keepers...whereas with my digi, I can shoot all day and press the delete button.

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    Leading Puffer Fish Slowpokebill's Avatar


     

    Re: Looking for some feedback on my cigar pictures.

    I have to say that cigars can be tough subjects to light. Taking photos of foil, reflective bands is a bit of pain.

    Chris I like your use of depth of field to highlight the middle stick.


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    Full grown Puffer Fish bn087's Avatar


     

    Re: Looking for some feedback on my cigar pictures.

    Good advice but it went over my head...I don't have any special equipment which I would like to invest in. However, your pictures are amazing...they make mine look like cell phone snaps! But, I did want the feedback.

    Can the pictures you took be done with a Casio Exilim 12.1MP, nothing fancy but a step up from my old school film camera.

    I used to play with photoshop but lost my subscription...are those slightly edited or just camera settings?

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    Leading Puffer Fish Slowpokebill's Avatar


     

    Re: Looking for some feedback on my cigar pictures.

    Bradley, your off to a good start. Your composition are a little static.

    Spend some time with a few catalogs and try copying those photos. I hate to say don't worry to much about light at this point because lighting is every thing but without more than one light source your going to have a tough time copying the light in those catalog shots.

    Once you get the feel for composition do a little research on setting up a basic light table. You can setup something with a little pvc pipe, opaque plastic sheets or sheer cloth and a few cheap clip on metal bell reflector lights that will give your shots a kind of pro feel to them.

    For what ever it is worth I shoot product photography like this for a living.


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    Young Fish Ongathula's Avatar


     

    Re: Looking for some feedback on my cigar pictures.

    Great photos! I am partial to the center stick. Almost like a Broadway actor on center stage waiting for the applause.

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    The Widows Son guitar7272's Avatar


     

    Re: Looking for some feedback on my cigar pictures.

    Quote Originally Posted by Slowpokebill View Post
    Bradley, your off to a good start. Your composition are a little static.

    Spend some time with a few catalogs and try copying those photos. I hate to say don't worry to much about light at this point because lighting is every thing but without more than one light source your going to have a tough time copying the light in those catalog shots.

    Once you get the feel for composition do a little research on setting up a basic light table. You can setup something with a little pvc pipe, opaque plastic sheets or sheer cloth and a few cheap clip on metal bell reflector lights that will give your shots a kind of pro feel to them.

    For what ever it is worth I shoot product photography like this for a living.

    That is a beautiful over under... man I wish I had the cash...

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    Newbie in the ocean Famous Cigars's Avatar


     

    Re: Looking for some feedback on my cigar pictures.

    Nice Pics!

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    Nee "Tashaz" Mante's Avatar


     

    Re: Looking for some feedback on my cigar pictures.

    I must say, as an unexperienced photographer, this is by far the best you posted. It has depth, color, contrast & all lead to an exciting image. Nice!
    Refuses to remain the Droid they were all looking for.

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    Up on One ckay's Avatar


     

    Re: Looking for some feedback on my cigar pictures.

    Quote Originally Posted by bn087 View Post
    Good advice but it went over my head...I don't have any special equipment which I would like to invest in. However, your pictures are amazing...they make mine look like cell phone snaps! But, I did want the feedback.

    Can the pictures you took be done with a Casio Exilim 12.1MP, nothing fancy but a step up from my old school film camera.

    I used to play with photoshop but lost my subscription...are those slightly edited or just camera settings?
    You can get the results with a P&S and practice. Understand the functions of your camera. It is a case of the Indian and not the arrow.

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    Full grown Puffer Fish bn087's Avatar


     

    Re: Looking for some feedback on my cigar pictures.

    Quote Originally Posted by Slowpokebill View Post
    Bradley, your off to a good start. Your composition are a little static.

    Spend some time with a few catalogs and try copying those photos. I hate to say don't worry to much about light at this point because lighting is every thing but without more than one light source your going to have a tough time copying the light in those catalog shots.

    Once you get the feel for composition do a little research on setting up a basic light table. You can setup something with a little pvc pipe, opaque plastic sheets or sheer cloth and a few cheap clip on metal bell reflector lights that will give your shots a kind of pro feel to them.

    For what ever it is worth I shoot product photography like this for a living.


    That is a beautiful gun and a print worth purchasing....nice!

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    Full grown Puffer Fish bn087's Avatar


     

    Re: Looking for some feedback on my cigar pictures.

    Quote Originally Posted by Tashaz View Post
    I must say, as an unexperienced photographer, this is by far the best you posted. It has depth, color, contrast & all lead to an exciting image. Nice!

    I agree, nice work on this picture.

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