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Watch Photography
« on: June 02, 2008, 07:25:00 PM »
Masters, I have a few questions re watch photography.

1) I've read 3 sites re watch photography and they all suggested continuous lighting, why is this? Whats the difference if we use strobes? I'm not sure I can get the desired f value with continuous light.

2) Where can I get a clear band shaper or translucent vertical watch stand?

3) Aside from 10:10, some want the second hand in an exact position, do we do this by removing the battery at the exact second (requires A LOT of work) or just pull the crown? With macro images, I think pulling the crown would be clearly seen in the final picture, making the shot look odd.

Thank you for whatever tips you can share :) :) 

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Watch Photography
« on: June 02, 2008, 07:25:00 PM »

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Re: Watch Photography
« Reply #1 on: June 02, 2008, 08:14:01 PM »

I don't consider myself a master but let me try to help...

1.) I've shot watches before and I used strobes with some success. I imagine the reason continuous light sources were recommended by the sites you visited is the fact that watches are generally very shiny, reflective objects, and using continuous light will help you check if there are any objectionable reflections on the subject. If you're shooting digital, then this shouldn't pose too much of a problem even if you use strobes as you can take as many test shots as you like, do a little chimping from the LCD to adjust your lights until the reflections are gone. Incidentally, you CAN get a desired f-value even if you're using relatively low-powered continuous lighting by remembering one key word: tripod! ;)

2.) Can't help you here...Sometimes I got lucky and the people who brought the watches also brought band shapers or stands to match, but more often I used all kind of odds & ends lying around the studio to get watches to stay in the desired position, and then either just positioned the camera to hide the props, or the pre-press guys would just PP them away. If you find out where to get these shooting aids, do please let me know...

3.) You're on the right track here. When all of the hands are in the right position, pull out the crown to stop their movement. Then, have the battery removed before pushing the crown back in. Now, I realize not all watches have user-accessible batteries, so a little research and preparation before your shoot is essential to make sure a technician is on hand to remove and replace the battery. The technician will also be useful to stop the hand movements if the watch is an automatic, where pushing the crown back in will usually make the hands move again.

Hope this helps! ;)


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Re: Watch Photography
« Reply #2 on: June 02, 2008, 09:09:38 PM »
Yes and make sure you clean the watch very well and position the time to 10:10 which will show the logo etc. Use a light tent and insert your lens in front covering as much area as possible to take the camera out of the picture. You can put 2 continuous lights on the side and put a black cloth on top to eliminate galre from bouncing light.
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Re: Watch Photography
« Reply #3 on: June 03, 2008, 09:11:45 AM »
many thanks sir gil and sir ricky for the tips :)

i'll let you know what i can dig up regarding band shapers :) i'm ready with a tripod but my hope is not to go below 1/80. if the tech people wont help me with the batteries, it will take me forever to finish :) :)

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Re: Watch Photography
« Reply #4 on: June 03, 2008, 09:15:05 AM »

OT: my newbie attempt -



Exposure: 1/200 sec
Aperture: f/8
Focal Length: 165 mm
ISO Speed: 200
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Re: Watch Photography
« Reply #5 on: June 03, 2008, 10:31:55 AM »
many thanks sir gil and sir ricky for the tips :)

i'll let you know what i can dig up regarding band shapers :) i'm ready with a tripod but my hope is not to go below 1/80.

You're welcome! If you have a suitably stable tripod and you've successfully frozen the watch hands in place, then you essentially have a static subject, and speeds lower than 1/80 shouldn't be an issue unless there are ambient lights you can't avoid. Also, try to use a cable release and/or your cam's mirror lock/delay function if available. ;)


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Re: Watch Photography
« Reply #6 on: June 03, 2008, 11:05:23 AM »
we been shooting watches for quite sometime... usually we are using softbox, 2 light source.. so you'll know how it will affect your product. we usually used prime lens such as 60mm and sometimes 105mm. and lots of PP.. sorry i cannot post it public. hope this helps.

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Re: Watch Photography
« Reply #7 on: June 03, 2008, 01:57:11 PM »
yes, i admit i plan on doing things over over the top. :) timer + delay + pwede na tripod. right now i'm using a 105mm.

thanks for the tips again guys.

whoever wants to give tips through PM, don't hesitate. hehehe :) :)   

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Re: Watch Photography
« Reply #8 on: June 03, 2008, 08:02:02 PM »
yes, i admit i plan on doing things over over the top. :) timer + delay + pwede na tripod. right now i'm using a 105mm.

thanks for the tips again guys.

whoever wants to give tips through PM, don't hesitate. hehehe :) :)   

Once again, you're welcome! :)

If you really want to thank us, I think posting pics after your shoot would be a great idea! ;)

Cheers!


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« Reply #9 on: June 04, 2008, 08:37:14 PM »
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