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Old 6 February 2020, 11:39 PM   #1
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How do u take nice pics of your watches?

I always see really nice close up pics of the watches and there is no reflection of the camera. Anyone can teach a trick or 2?

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Old 8 February 2020, 11:18 AM   #2
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Use the macro function and a light box
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Old 8 February 2020, 11:26 AM   #3
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Part of the answer is a light box and the rest is understanding a lot about depth of field, aperture reciprocity, and reflective angles.

Even in a light box the lens of the camera can often be seen reflected in a polished case side, or a crystal. So you need to properly plan your set-up and light source angles.


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Old 14 February 2020, 10:05 AM   #4
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I actually work in photography and video production. While I do it professionally I don't specialize in jewelry or watches, but being that I'm probably more passionate about watches than I am my actual job lol, I love taking pictures of them. When I have time and feel inspired I will dedicate some time and energy. As Paul mentioned, but in other words, it's all about light diffusion. You generally don't want harsh and direct light on your subject (unless that's your intent as an artist). That means using light boxes, soft boxes or bouncing your light source off walls.

Here's a little trick to make night time scene come to life...



Here are some other photos (sorry no behind the scene shots)

It also helps to flag the light so you get interesting shadows and reflections in the polished materials. Meaning, if you have a light box, try placing a few thin black strips around the sides so it's not just one ring of even shine around the whole watch...



Using interesting (but not distracting) backgrounds...




Props can be helpful...


and again props that are also good backgrounds lol...


Here's another in front of a computer monitor...



Beautiful subjects is always a plus haha...


Play around with flat lays and interesting compositions...


Create objectives that highlight your watches attributes...


Again try to figure out a way to keep the light soft but powerful...


But the best quick tip, especially for a beginner is to use your iPhone and shoot from the inside of your car under the cover of it's roof. a cloudy but bright day is even better! It's hard to miss...













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Old 14 February 2020, 10:26 PM   #5
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Amazing pictures Chadridv.
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Old 14 February 2020, 11:19 PM   #6
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Amazing pictures Chadridv.
Ditto!
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Old 15 February 2020, 07:02 PM   #7
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Nice. Pics Chadridv. The problem I have is trying to take a full frontal shot but can't seem to avoid capturing the reflection of my phone. Not sure how other guys do it

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Old 15 February 2020, 07:52 PM   #8
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Thank you @Chadridv for the behind the scenes photo. You are tempting me to get out my trusty D800 and sigma art-lenses and try your setup with a monitor behind.

Have you concidered sharing wallpaper sized images? 3840x2400 and 3840x2160 would make for amazing 4k and macbook pro wallpapers.
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Old 17 February 2020, 12:00 PM   #9
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Wow amazing pictures, this thread has me 2nd guessing if i should even post my wrist shot now lol
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Old 18 February 2020, 01:01 PM   #10
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Nice. Pics Chadridv. The problem I have is trying to take a full frontal shot but can't seem to avoid capturing the reflection of my phone. Not sure how other guys do it

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Thanks! Full frontal had me chuckling lol.

So if you have a newer iPhone with a telephoto lens, try shooting from a further distance. That should help with the reflection. Otherwise if you're serious about it, you'll have to wrap in something dark that blends in. No joke, I've done it. Especially when shooting multiple watches it's extremely difficult to eliminate a reflection. When shooting one watch there typically is one perfect angle regardless of distance from the watch.
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Old 18 February 2020, 01:03 PM   #11
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Thank you @Chadridv for the behind the scenes photo. You are tempting me to get out my trusty D800 and sigma art-lenses and try your setup with a monitor behind.

Have you concidered sharing wallpaper sized images? 3840x2400 and 3840x2160 would make for amazing 4k and macbook pro wallpapers.
Thanks very much! Get that cam out and start shooting

I've had several members reach out to me in the past and ask me for full res images for their desktop wallpaper. I've always been happy to share!
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Old 18 February 2020, 01:04 PM   #12
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Wow amazing pictures, this thread has me 2nd guessing if i should even post my wrist shot now lol
Let's see it!!! Good thing is these watches are so beautiful it's usually harder to take a bad picture.
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Old 18 February 2020, 01:12 PM   #13
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As Chad said above... for us non professional types, smart phone from inside the car works best.

I never knew why but thank you for explaining that Chad

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Old 18 February 2020, 01:15 PM   #14
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Let's see it!!! Good thing is these watches are so beautiful it's usually harder to take a bad picture.
You are a talent for sure I also follow your IG and encourage others to do the same.
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Old 22 February 2020, 01:53 AM   #15
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I always see really nice close up pics of the watches and there is no reflection of the camera. Anyone can teach a trick or 2?

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Low light, fast lens. If you have a good/decent quality camera that works well in low light just start removing light and opening the iris/increasing ISO until it looks right. Most modern cameras don't need much light. Or go outside on an overcast day.

These pics were taken virtually in the dark: https://www.rolexforums.com/showthread.php?t=718526
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Old 28 February 2020, 01:31 AM   #16
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