craigrozema
finished the tractor but not the trailer yet.  ill get around to it.  for some reason this plan really made me think, it looked so simple on the outside but with the tools i had tested me.  the kenworth is there for scale. im also playing with a new photobooth for better quality pictures P1040275.jpg  P1040276.jpg  P1040277.jpg  P1040278.jpg  P1040279.jpg  P1040280.jpg 
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BadBob
Your photos are looking great.

A couple of tips.

Drape your backdrop (if you can), so there is no sharp corner. It makes it less visible and distributes the light better.
 
You can adjust the background so that it is white instead of grey and get rid of some shadows. In Gimp open the levels tool and click on the white levels picker (eye dropper) the click on a darker shadow in the background. Now click on the number next to the white color picker and make adjustments until it looks good to you. Page up or down moves it 10 points. The arrow keys change it one point. You can use the scroll button too.

Most if not all photo editors have some way to do this, but it may be called a different name or look a bit different.
 
What you are doing is adjusting or compensating the white balance not having a setting for LEDs. I'm betting that your camera doesn't have a way to configure the white balance for LEDs so the auto white balance can only get close. My new Canon T7i doesn't have LED white balance.
 
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john lewman
Thanks craigrozema and BadBob for sharing your outstanding toymaking skills.
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craigrozema
BadBob wrote:
Your photos are looking great.

A couple of tips.

Drape your backdrop (if you can), so there is no sharp corner. It makes it less visible and distributes the light better.
 
You can adjust the background so that it is white instead of grey and get rid of some shadows. In Gimp open the levels tool and click on the white levels picker (eye dropper) the click on a darker shadow in the background. Now click on the number next to the white color picker and make adjustments until it looks good to you. Page up or down moves it 10 points. The arrow keys change it one point. You can use the scroll button too.

Most if not all photo editors have some way to do this, but it may be called a different name or look a bit different.
 
What you are doing is adjusting or compensating the white balance not having a setting for LEDs. I'm betting that your camera doesn't have a way to configure the white balance for LEDs so the auto white balance can only get close. My new Canon T7i doesn't have LED white balance.
 



Thanks Badbob ill play around with it today a bit. I have gimp but haven't used it much. and my camera is just a mid grade camera and its probably 7 years old so I bet your right and it has no idea what an LED light is
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john lewman
BadBob, you are literally a walking encyclopedia. Thanks for taking the time to share.
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BadBob
craigrozema wrote:

Thanks Badbob ill play around with it today a bit. I have gimp but haven't used it much. and my camera is just a mid grade camera and its probably 7 years old so I bet your right and it has no idea what an LED light is


It took me weeks to figure out what was going on.

You might find instances where you need a gray background. Like this, for example. If I made the background white, you would not be able to see part of the fenders.


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I manually set my aperture F13 (F-Stop) an ISO 100 and let everything else run on automatic.  I use a macro lens and always shoot off a tripod using a timer. From the distance I am shooting from, I get a depth of field that has everything in focus to the backdrop. Sharp focus is what want for product photography.

I still shoot with my Panasonic pocket camera and with my cell phone. They will shoot angles that I can't get with larger cameras. I use this mainly for artistic shots like what I like to call the "Hokey Pokey" shot. The depth of field is narrow with only the front of the car being in focus because I can't get the camera to do what I want. According to the experts, this is not the way to product photos. However, everywhere I post one of these it will get lots of views. 

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Learning the photography side of things is as much fun as building the toys. 
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BadBob
john lewman wrote:
BadBob, you are literally a walking encyclopedia. Thanks for taking the time to share.


I like sharing when I can. Mostly what happens is that I get started on something I know a little about and it just starts tumbling out. 

It's a good thing I can't type good our you might get flooded.  [biggrin]
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