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    #31
    detail close up
    Last edited by Erwin L; 02-13-2008, 02:06 PM.

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      #32
      other detail close up
      Last edited by Erwin L; 02-13-2008, 02:06 PM.

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        #33
        another detail
        Last edited by Erwin L; 02-13-2008, 02:06 PM.

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          #34
          black and white
          Last edited by Erwin L; 02-13-2008, 02:06 PM.

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            #35
            antique look
            Last edited by Erwin L; 02-13-2008, 02:06 PM.

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              #36
              Ring light pic

              flourescent ring light with the center magnifying lens removed. you can take pics with this as the sole light source.
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                #37
                ring light pic result

                play with the distance/shadows by moving camera up/down and adjusting zoom, and "wa la"
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                  #38
                  ring light

                  bought mine at Staples - $25
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                    #39
                    ring light set up

                    a no brainer
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                      #40
                      last pic example using ring light and SONY F717

                      metal body Sony F717 - no longer produced, but still can be found for sale used.

                      No tripod needed (camera adjusts to brightness automatically by using fast shutter speed = sharp pics).

                      No shadow box needed.

                      just need 1) table, 2) camera, 3) ring light, 4) 2 hands, 5) outlet, and 6) tasty militaria - only can be used for small stuff
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                      Last edited by 1stpanzerguy; 09-02-2007, 10:29 AM.

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                        #41
                        very last pic - ring light

                        what the heck. blue background
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                          #42
                          Nice option if all you are doing is badges. But I like the box for the versatility and for larger items. And the box is diffuse light and works for taking book-quality photos. The ring is ok for the web though.
                          Marc

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                            #43
                            Very good tutorial Marc,

                            I also like natural settings...

                            Robert
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                              #44
                              and unnatural...

                              Robert
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                                #45
                                I took this shot on a tripod, low-light condition, using a high (for my camera) f-stop, high EV setting, macro setting. The lower shutter speed and low-light condition really caught the natural tone of the badges. I was pleasantly surprised. I was getting ready to buy a new camera until I found out how to use a higher f-stop, and set my camera's turret on 'A' (aperture) setting for full field of view shots. I just set my camera back about 18" from my subject, choose a higher resolution setting, use the higher f-stop on 'A' setting, and automatic shutter release (same results as 10-second timer). It doesn't matter how bright my artificial lighting is - I just set my EV to compensate.

                                I use a Sony DSC-F717, so my settings are different from what Marc's camera uses/demands. My f-stop only goes as high as 8.0, so I'm a little handicapped.

                                Robert
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