Guitar Art - The Difficulty of Photographing Guitars

Discussion in 'V.C.'s Parlor' started by duceditor, Apr 5, 2021.

  1. Robbmonster

    Robbmonster Squier-holic

    As always, Don, an articulate, spot-on post.

    My guitar photographing abilities are dreadful, to the point where these days I simply point and click.
     
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  2. dbrian66

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    Very cool though!
     
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  3. duceditor

    duceditor Squier-Axpert Gold Supporting Member

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    Oh, I see "Form" there along with shape. And those are beautiful pix to boot!

    But just what it is that you photographed? This I do not know!

    -don
     
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  4. Hadronic Spin

    Hadronic Spin J Squier, Esquier Gold Supporting Member

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    Thank you, kindly.

    And that would be a "fail" on my part; not conveying to the viewer that they are viewing an abstraction of a guitar...

    The attachments below are almost identical compositions of what I had submitted last night:

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    IMG_1646_LR-3.jpg


    I took a new set this morning I gotta sort through, but I'm not pleased with my form composing output...

    I'll share anyway.

    One more note; I've been using my Epi LPSI P90 currently as my photographic muse, mainly because of her non-reflective satin finish. This frees up a lot of angles and lighting options.

    Regards

    J
     
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  5. Hadronic Spin

    Hadronic Spin J Squier, Esquier Gold Supporting Member

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    My official entries...Meh.

    IMG_1679_LR-2.jpg

    IMG_1693_LR-2.jpg

    IMG_1713_LR-2.jpg


    Canon M100
    Canon EF-M 28mm f/3.5 Macro
    on-board flash -- bounced
    1/40th sec
    f/3.5
    iso 400


    J
     
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  6. dbrian66

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    My second attempt at “form”

    Better than the first attempt, but still struggling with this one.

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  7. dbrian66

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  8. duceditor

    duceditor Squier-Axpert Gold Supporting Member

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    This is FUN! Thanks all for sharing your pix!

    Okay, up for another?

    How about next focusing on Pattern. Making the image focus on repeating whatevers, be they shapes, forms, shadows, colors or highlights.

    For next Sunday?

    -don
     
  9. Hadronic Spin

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    I thought for sure you were going to select Function as the next exercise...:D

    Thanks for the motivation, Don. I've got a couple of keepers from these exercises, and will be firing up my old Canon Pixma-Pro 100 and print out a couple of 13"x19"s. Hang 'em up at J's Corner Guitar Shack -- the corner of the bedroom with all of my guitar gear...o_O

    J
     
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  10. Hadronic Spin

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    Thank you very kindly, @dbrian66 .

    J
     
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  11. dbrian66

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    Not part of the assignment, but I saw some dandelions in a field next to my house on the way home and thought that would be a cool place to take some pics of my yellow guitar. Here is what I got.

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  12. duceditor

    duceditor Squier-Axpert Gold Supporting Member

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  13. Hadronic Spin

    Hadronic Spin J Squier, Esquier Gold Supporting Member

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    The point is you saw a photographic opportunity, seized it AND took some very lovely photographs! The bed of green grass accentuates your ST Iconic Strat, and the dandelions playfully mimic the color of your Icon. Sorry @dbrian66, that Strat of yours IS legendary! Great job on the photographs!


    J
     
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  14. Hadronic Spin

    Hadronic Spin J Squier, Esquier Gold Supporting Member

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    Patterns

    From the last shoot, I like this one a lot.
    IMG_1724_LR.jpg


    From today's Pattern shoot, this early on simple composition...
    IMG_1741_LR.jpg


    ...begat this Fender Custom Shop V pattern composition...
    IMG_1756_LR.jpg


    ...which begat this L pattern composition.
    IMG_1772_LR.jpg


    Though the V pattern comp is more in-line with Fender's Custom Shop logo, my L pattern comp appears to be more dynamic to my eyes.

    Anyway, camera again was my Canon M100 with 28mm macro lens, and again I bounced the on-camera flash for softer additional lighting.

    Regards

    J
     
  15. Hadronic Spin

    Hadronic Spin J Squier, Esquier Gold Supporting Member

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    Bumping up this great thread...


    J
     
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  16. duceditor

    duceditor Squier-Axpert Gold Supporting Member

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    My apology for falling down on the job. I never posted the promised "Pattern" image or took it further.

    I shall do better! And encourage others who share interest in the subject to again jump in!

    -don
     
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  17. Hadronic Spin

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    Don, no worries. This is a casual thread for learning, experimenting and sharing.

    J
     
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  18. SpeedKing

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    Quite late to this thread but I have to say there are some great images here and of course some beautiful guitars.

    Don and I have exchanged views on photography before but if there is one thing to learn from the pictures so far posted it would be to simply consider the image from multiple perspectives and distances before pressing the button. There has certainly been some thought and time expended on some of the images here.

    I certainly take a much higher proportion of usable images when using medium format studio cameras with colour reversal negative stock. There's something about knowing in the back of your mind each and every shot is costing you money and reducing available stock.

    I know there are many types of photography where that approach isn't fully possible but generally inanimate objects rather lend themselves to it. I've shot guitars in a studio before but only with models... calendar style stuff. I'd love to take mine in one day and see what a fully equipped studio and every sort of lens/lighting/background etc would bring forth.

    Till then it's just home, natural light and a purely 'descriptive' styling...

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    Unless the light is coming through the stained glass just right...

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  19. Hadronic Spin

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    Wonderful lighting, composition and overall aesthetic. That is a lovely Strat, and that neck is gorgeous.

    Thank you for sharing!

    J
     
  20. duceditor

    duceditor Squier-Axpert Gold Supporting Member

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    "Patterns"

    This one was hard. At least 'twas so to do without tearing apart my Music Room -- something I am presently not in a position to do.

    So I grabbed my Teles and went from there, trying to use repetition of shape --i.e., pattern -- while using the color contrast to differentiate.

    My offeirng...


    Tele Pattern.jpg


    -don