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Old 12-03-2003, 06:45 PM
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Taking pictures of shiny things??


I am having trouble taking pictures of shiny things. Namely engraving on mirror polished nickel silver. The engraving is on a nickel silver sheath, and also on the butt of a knife.

I am using a1.3 mp Olympus Camedia D-360L. Using macro mode is better than without, but I still have trouble showing detail. I have played around with more and less light and the pics are either too dark to see any detail, or so bright that again the detail is not well defined. I have also tried different shutter speeds.

Am I using the wrong light / shutter combinations, or should I consider another camera?

Thanks for any advice
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Old 12-03-2003, 09:51 PM
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Hi Brian,

You are correct--it's one of the toughest things to do well. I suspect the camera is not the guilty party.

You do need good lighting, but not directly at the subject. Shiny objects will photograph well only if they are reflecting off of a diffused bright surface. So that's what you need to do. Take whatever light source you have and sheild it with a sheet of thin paper or a t-shirt or something. Then aim at it and see the difference. You want to see the diffused bright surface.

Now many folks can even use the ceiling as the diffuser. You just need a lot more light to do this. Best yet for a newbie is outside on an overcast sky. Lots of light, but not directly.

Use your macro mode and don't get too close--say 6-8" away.

Lastly, we can best help you if we see what is going on. Please post some pics or follow the directions on the Computer Forum for a how-to and a free image storage site provided by a generous member.


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Old 12-04-2003, 09:13 PM
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Thanks for the pointers. I will try your advice on taking the pictures. If I still get poor results, I will post my results.

Thanks again
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Old 12-05-2003, 02:32 AM
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Mirror polished blade and scales. Angle, open, flat surface and semi-overcast. Clouds will still reflect...a haze works good.


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Old 12-07-2003, 08:04 PM
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