Some tough watches to photograph

Some tough watches to photograph

Postby svaglic » September 27th 2015 12:51pm

I am the worst photo taker in the watch world. The harder I try, the worse they look. I have set up little photography tents, used natural sunlight, tried several camera's etc.... I even have the Sony A65, it replaced a Pentax K5. Those are both very nice cameras, you have to be a complete schleprock to not get nice pictures on those. Alas, I have found my best pictures come from my IPhone or Galaxy tablet using natural sunlight.
These are some watches that I can never get decent pictures of, no matter how I try to photograph them. Nice looking watches, but I can never get that picture that captures their true color or how nice they are.
My toughest, the Zodiac DD. I have never got a great picture of this, I have tried various lighting, settings etc...
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How did I manage to get the silver on the dial to look gold?
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Here are some blue dials that I can never get the true color to come out.
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I've had a Glycine and Zodiac with a blue dial before and couldn't capture those real colors either. Blue is the worst for me.
So, what are some tips? Don't buy blue?
Anyone else have a watch that is bad luck for photographs?
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Re: Some tough watches to photograph

Postby Racer-X » September 27th 2015 2:23pm

I have a Movado that eludes a single good pic. I have seen great photos from camera phones. My iPhone 4s does alright. Your pics appear to be near a large window? Maybe shut the shade to diffuse the light.

I'm no expert but here are a few tips I found:
-Need ambient lighting. If a direct source, diffuse it with paper or fabric
-Don't use the flash
-Use a tripod
-Don't hold the watch in your hand


Here are a few lucky shots from my iPhone 4S

Outside in the shade
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Direct inside lighting at the right angle
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Direct sunlight
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Re: Some tough watches to photograph

Postby kahuna74 » October 1st 2015 4:18am

I seem to have gotten lazy with taking pictures of my watches.
My best pictures are taken with my Konica Minolta Dimage A2. It has a 7x optical zoom, Macro, 49mm Quantary, UV filter, and I use a small trpod. I use natural light, but not direct. WURW that is my Seiko posted today was taken using this camera. I think we need to be having fun with it as well.
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