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Old 14 November 2017, 08:06 AM   #1
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SLR DSLR Watch Photography Guide: Tips and Settings

Since i cannot find a relevant thread i thought that i could post this so that people with an interest in watch photography and an attitude of sharing the knowledge, share techniques and settings for watch photography. Anyone who wants to share the knowledge with the rest please feel free to post photos and mention
1. camera/gear
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3 lens used
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Old 15 November 2017, 08:48 AM   #2
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I'll bring up gear later. But, a nice technique I've learned is focus stacking. Especially helpful for small parts and when a lot of magnification is used. It helps to get more of the subject in focus. A single shot will not have as much DOF as multiple shots "stacked" together that were taken with multiple points focused on.

Here's a method I used
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Old 15 November 2017, 03:31 PM   #3
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That is one fantastic technique and great end result; thanks for posting!
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Old 15 November 2017, 03:47 PM   #4
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Handy photoshop trick :)

Without photoshop we'd have to increase Depth of Field by moving camera further & using a longer lens, then get the longest possible exposure by cranking down the aperture... pinhole cameras have great DoF.
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Old 15 November 2017, 10:50 PM   #5
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Old 16 November 2017, 09:31 AM   #6
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Handy photoshop trick :)

Without photoshop we'd have to increase Depth of Field by moving camera further & using a longer lens, then get the longest possible exposure by cranking down the aperture... pinhole cameras have great DoF.
Technically yes. But, in practice it doesn't work that well.

Just a quick DOF calculator with some random numbers.

1.6x Factor Crop Sensor
Aperture - f/32
Focal Length - 200mm
Focal Distance - 60inches/5 feet

Nearest Acceptable Sharpness: 58.76in
Furthest Acceptable Sharpness: 61.3in
Total Depth of Field: 2.56in

So, still only a 2.56in area will be sharp, although at F/32 diffraction is going to seriously degrade image quality.
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Great article. I'm a fairly new photographer and was curious about watch photography.
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Helpful hint (from doing it wrongly): polish/clean watches before shooting. By polish, I mean "shine," not machine polish, haha.

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Helpful hint (from doing it wrongly): polish/clean watches before shooting. By polish, I mean "shine," not machine polish, haha.

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I did this too. Fingerprints on a watch.
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Old 16 January 2018, 10:16 PM   #10
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I use a simple light box made from sheets of photocopier paper and with a standard lamp above. The paper disperses any shine or shadows so you get a crisp dial/glass.
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Or use a tilt/shift lens and keep the plane of the object sharp.
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I guess there are many techniques with getting the perfect shot, but I personally believe in a few basics: lighting, depth of field and composition. You need to understand how the watch reflects or absorbs light, and you need to find an interesting placement. After that, you can even start to layer with objects to make it more interesting.

Here are some of my attempts, taken with a mobile phone camera (Huawei P10). All handheld shots (with exception of the wristshot which was taken in my car, at the lights) but with a small, wireless LED lamp which I can move around to manipulate my lighting. All the images below were captured on the phone and also edited with basic image editing apps that are available on Google Play/App Store.

My humble opinion is that in photography, the most common limitation is the person behind the picture, rather than being a device or hardware limitation.

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I'll bring up gear later. But, a nice technique I've learned is focus stacking. Especially helpful for small parts and when a lot of magnification is used. It helps to get more of the subject in focus. A single shot will not have as much DOF as multiple shots "stacked" together that were taken with multiple points focused on.
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Great tip! I know that focus stacking is used in landscape photography, but did not even think about using that technique for taking pictures for the objects as small as watches. Will definitely try it. Thanks!
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