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Color or B&W?

 

There is something about the B&W version - the dark tones of the t-**** that extend to his shoulders without any hint of colours, that makes it to be not cropped-in enough.

 

The B&W one has a fine art look to it, so I like that one better.  

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There is something about the B&W version - the dark tones of the t-**** that extend to his shoulders without any hint of colours, that makes it to be not cropped-in enough.

 

The B&W one has a fine art look to it, so I like that one better.  


Thanks! I didn't actually set this one up for B&W. Quite liked the result though.

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The last one has the best proportions and aesthetic.  The shapes there go together well.  It almost looks like she is dancing on roller skates in that one.

 

Agreed on everything but face proportions. Personal preference of course, but in my book the downward look suits her face proportions better.

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Snap from phone cam.  Wish I had my camera with me for this cloud!

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http://www.head-fi.org/u/148265/tomscy2000

Don't know if you saw Tomscy2000's iPhone 6 photo of his Seiko watch? Years ago it took a studio and a 2.1/4 X 2.1/4 to get that quality. Simply amazing as your shot.




Edited by Redcarmoose - Yesterday at 1:54 am
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Don't know if you saw Tomscy2000's iPhone 6 photo of his Seiko watch? Years ago it took a studio and a 2.1/4 X 2.1/4 to get that quality. Simply amazing as your shot.

 

Thanks for the shout-out; I agree, smartphones these days are getting amazing at image quality, even with their tiny sensors --- it's thanks to huge advancements both in sensor technology and noise processing. To me, the iPhone 6/6 Plus have the best image processing algorithms I've seen in a smartphone, and retain a silly amount of detail --- more than most other phone cameras out there, except maybe the Lumia 1020. That shot was actually barely edited and mostly edited on the phone, so it looks kind of rough around the edges, but this image, I did a little more work with and have gotten more polish out of it.

 

Seiko SARX015

 

The way I can tell it's a smartphone shot is in the hard edge highlights (like in the crown), where the poor dynamic range of the phone ends up blowing out detail, as well as the heavy lens distortion. Put on a nice quality, well-corrected macro lens attachment on the lens, though, and take a little more care with the shot (I used the default HDR function in iOS) with manual exposure settings and doing HDR processing in post, and I think anyone can get amazing still life shots with a smartphone.

 

As always, though, it's about the lighting and composition; I used several strips of paper placed strategically around the watch to get the right kind of reflections on the bezel, and used reflective CDs to get the yellow color cast on the bracelet. The one light I used was just a simple fluorescent desk lamp. In hindsight, I probably should've fashioned a small gobo in front of the crown so that it doesn't blow out so badly. A black cut-out piece of construction paper would've done the trick.

 

For reference, this is the way it looked out of camera:

 

 

Here's a tutorial from a real product photographer, using an iPhone 4S. His photos are a bit more polished than mine.

http://www.photigy.com/product-photography-using-your-smartphone-the-lighting-matters-camera-does-not/


Edited by tomscy2000 - Yesterday at 4:11 am
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