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Forum: The Dark Room 2015-05-30, 3:13pm
Replies: 14
Views: 9,209
Posted By Mike Jordan
If you have your camera on a tripod, you can...

If you have your camera on a tripod, you can extend your exposure to compensate for the weak light source. This way you can stop down the aperture to at least f11. You may have to shoot for 10, 15...
Forum: The Dark Room 2015-01-04, 1:26pm
Replies: 15
Views: 8,383
Posted By Mike Jordan
canon and Nikon both have their strong points and...

canon and Nikon both have their strong points and make excellent cameras... but when it comes to lenses, Canon's L lenses are the best. I've bought a lot of Canon bodies over the years but I've...
Forum: The Dark Room 2014-11-21, 7:43pm
Replies: 13
Views: 6,038
Posted By Mike Jordan
Take two pictures with your camera locked down on...

Take two pictures with your camera locked down on a tripod... one picture with the lights on so you get a good exposure of the beads and then one with them off and expose for the glow. Then merge the...
Forum: The Dark Room 2014-08-13, 4:14pm
Replies: 9
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Views: 6,355
Posted By Mike Jordan
I also shoot in raw only, even when the lighting...

I also shoot in raw only, even when the lighting is perfect. Shooting in raw is not for everyone though. The learning curve can be a bit steep so that you can take advantage of the benefits of raw...
Forum: The Dark Room 2014-01-24, 5:34pm
Replies: 16
Views: 6,905
Posted By Mike Jordan
Your images are underexposed. Are you using the...

Your images are underexposed. Are you using the camera meter with the fstop and speed in auto? Is your camera set for average meter reading or spot? You want it on spot if you have that option....
Forum: The Dark Room 2013-10-24, 3:49pm
Replies: 5
Views: 2,114
Posted By Mike Jordan
It could be your lights or your subject. Cameras...

It could be your lights or your subject. Cameras (even expensive SLR and DSLR cameras) need contrast to focus on. If the area isn't contrasty, they can go into hunt mode as they try to find focus....
Forum: The Dark Room 2013-10-07, 11:05pm
Replies: 76
Views: 33,674
Posted By Mike Jordan
If you know how to use it, the histogram is...

If you know how to use it, the histogram is beneficial and will let you get your exposure as close as using a flash meter. This is a whole lot faster than taking a picture, downloading it to your...
Forum: The Dark Room 2013-09-26, 4:08pm
Replies: 76
Views: 33,674
Posted By Mike Jordan
You shouldn't use the view image to determine...

You shouldn't use the view image to determine exposure. It's too small to give enough detail and it's not going to give an accurate representation of the exposure. The histogram is the best way to...
Forum: The Dark Room 2013-09-17, 9:11pm
Replies: 76
Views: 33,674
Posted By Mike Jordan
You don't need to add it right in the front, you...

You don't need to add it right in the front, you can add it to one side or the other just a bit. Also, you can raise it up so you can shoot under it. You can also use something white as a reflector...
Forum: The Dark Room 2013-09-15, 11:48am
Replies: 21
Views: 4,236
Posted By Mike Jordan
Well, are the images in your link and the one...

Well, are the images in your link and the one above the same image? If so, when I look at the one in your link (which does look better by the way), I see that it is twice the file size (28K) and...
Forum: The Dark Room 2013-09-15, 9:05am
Replies: 21
Views: 4,236
Posted By Mike Jordan
Actually, how I should have said it was to use...

Actually, how I should have said it was to use the full size image as it comes out of the camera to do your editing on. Then, after you have cropped, color corrected, re-sized, sharpened, etc., then...
Forum: The Dark Room 2013-09-14, 4:59pm
Replies: 21
Views: 4,236
Posted By Mike Jordan
Using 300 resolution is a waste for screen images...

Using 300 resolution is a waste for screen images and just adds unnecessary size to the file. It could be that the site is compressing your image, which is causing the degradation of quality. I see...
Forum: The Dark Room 2013-09-14, 4:49pm
Replies: 1
Views: 1,374
Posted By Mike Jordan
If you need to shoot straight down and need a...

If you need to shoot straight down and need a tripod to hold the camera steady because you are shooting with longer exposures, then yes, a boom on your tripod does help a lot. I have a couple of...
Forum: The Dark Room 2013-09-07, 10:07pm
Replies: 1
Views: 1,426
Posted By Mike Jordan
Post a picture of what you are getting so we'll...

Post a picture of what you are getting so we'll have an idea of what it looks like.

The best way to get detail is to light it from underneath or behind. I like using a clear plexiglass or clear...
Forum: The Dark Room 2013-08-26, 6:43pm
Replies: 76
Views: 33,674
Posted By Mike Jordan
I think you do good on the black one. You can see...

I think you do good on the black one. You can see the details just fine, which is what you want. Black objects photograph a bit differently and can be a challenge at times. Especially if you have...
Forum: The Dark Room 2013-08-26, 4:53pm
Replies: 76
Views: 33,674
Posted By Mike Jordan
I think you did an outstanding, job Lisa. They...

I think you did an outstanding, job Lisa. They came out really well and show the detail. The only minor nit is on the last one, the background and bracelets (especially the one on the right) come...
Forum: The Dark Room 2013-08-18, 8:22pm
Replies: 76
Views: 33,674
Posted By Mike Jordan
You did a good job, Debbie. To me they are a...

You did a good job, Debbie. To me they are a little over exposed (I like to lean towards the lower middle rather than the upper middle of the exposure graph like you have them) and a little light on...
Forum: The Dark Room 2013-08-17, 3:17pm
Replies: 76
Views: 33,674
Posted By Mike Jordan
Sorry, I was using photo speak... flat lighting...

Sorry, I was using photo speak... flat lighting means you don't have any depth (it has a 2D appearance and not a simulated 3D look) or sparkle (which is what you are missing) to your object. What...
Forum: The Dark Room 2013-08-17, 9:09am
Replies: 76
Views: 33,674
Posted By Mike Jordan
The one problem with the way these lights set up...

The one problem with the way these lights set up is that your light comes from the side, which creates flat light. If you add a third light in front, you will bring out the color and liven up their...
Forum: The Dark Room 2013-08-10, 12:29pm
Replies: 138
Views: 40,496
Posted By Mike Jordan
While photo floods can be hot, the big advantage...

While photo floods can be hot, the big advantage of them or other incandescent or florescent light systems is that you can see how your lighting is affecting the object. You can see the shadows and...
Forum: The Dark Room 2013-08-10, 12:16pm
Replies: 76
Views: 33,674
Posted By Mike Jordan
If you are getting a green caste then you either...

If you are getting a green caste then you either have some very strange lights (or are getting light reflected off of green walls), your camera IS NOT set to auto color balance (which actually works...
Forum: The Dark Room 2013-08-04, 7:46pm
Replies: 26
Views: 10,637
Posted By Mike Jordan
It's available for light tent size, which should...

It's available for light tent size, which should be a good size for jewelry. I've seen it in smaller sizes but I can't remember were and if it was paper or mylar or some other type of plastic. I saw...
Forum: The Dark Room 2013-08-04, 7:59am
Replies: 26
Views: 10,637
Posted By Mike Jordan
If you do a google search on "photography...

If you do a google search on "photography background graduated black to white" or "graduated Flotone", you will get a lot of examples. Some of them are not cheap but if nothing else it will give you...
Forum: The Dark Room 2013-07-29, 4:58pm
Replies: 6
Views: 2,901
Posted By Mike Jordan
If you are getting glare, you either have to...

If you are getting glare, you either have to bright of lights, they are too close or both. The idea with a light tent is that the tent will spread out the light. If you put the light right up...
Forum: The Dark Room 2013-07-10, 5:10pm
Replies: 4
Views: 3,955
Posted By Mike Jordan
Sounds like you answered your own question about...

Sounds like you answered your own question about what looks better and why. It's obviously the missing toothpick. ;)

They don't look cold to me... the light makes them look dead. You don't...
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