Reflections on a year in 365 photographs


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Nearly everyone with a camera seems to want to take GOOD product or detail shots.  I don’t know whether this qualifies as “good” or not, but it is the best effort I could make today.  While looking around the house for an object with lots of detail and warmth, my eyes naturally settled on my pride and joy Paul Reed Smith Singlecut guitar.  This should be a piece of cake, right?  It should be impossible to take a bad photograph of a Paul Reed Smith guitar.  These are some of the most beautiful instruments currently made.  What could possibly go wrong?

Well, it turns out plenty can go wrong when photographing guitars and other shiny objects.  All of those small metal parts just LOVE to reflect light in odd directions.  And then when you’ve finally controlled all of those specular highlights, you realize your 2-strobe lighting ratio has gone completely haywire.  A seemingly safe shot quickly devolved into a lesson in patience and perseverance as I made small adjustments between seventy-four images in order to get the photograph I was looking for.

Lesson for the day:  Two hours to capture a simple product detail shot is simply too long.  More practice!  Today’s experience could just as easily have involved food and table settings, medical instruments, or jewelry.


Written by Brian Fancher

January 2, 2010 at 5:23 pm

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  1. Well done on this one- eye’s brought right in- warm tones and great reflections. The fade to black is nice for the subject, too. Looking forward to following along.


    January 4, 2010 at 3:02 am

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