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Discussion in 'V.C.'s Parlor' started by duceditor, Apr 5, 2021.
Not part of the assignments, but I thought this one was a cool pic.
I like the way these turned out.
Here's some pics of my Pearl & Ebony Epiphone Les Paul
More from the Strat...
Sometimes reference to another object helps like a sofa, chairs, tree, or car.
A guitar in a very expensive studio with great lighting, like any pro website, can make all guitars look gorgeous. It’s hard to buy a guitar from there and know what you’re getting.
When I see an ordinary shot on reverb, I get context. I prefer that.
A perfectly flat shot under expensive lighting can make all maple fretboards for instance seem matte, even when it’s high gloss like my Classic Series strat, and that wouldn’t suit me if I wanted a sleek matte finish like the then, popular matte finish on the more expensive American Standard Series.
Never would a mint or reissue maple board old school Fender ever look matte in person and you could see light bounce off of it sometimes showing finger oil smudges. But that would be honest and that’s what I want.
There is an art to making a guitar appear flawless and have a matte finish with no harsh lights bouncing off of any surface. It would be akin to the Victoria’s Secret model with perfect everything.
But a real guitar will show lighting a little stronger in one area than another, and no grain will be perfect, but pro photography will want to make the maple not show much grain or variation and make fretboards of IL, PF, and rosewood look darker than you can actually find in real life.
Sounds to me more mug shot than glamour. Reflections, highlights, shadow — all that reveals form. Catalog photography maybe, but only the sterile type. Not that which creates hunger or passion. The later is art if a sort, and to be such it must have and reveal point of view., not sterile perfection.
Robert Heinlein once wrote that it takes a fair painter to paint a beautiful young woman and reveal her beauty. It takes a better one to paint an older woman as she looked when she was young. But it takes a true artist to paint an older woman as an older woman, but to be able to do it in such a way that the viewer himself sees the beauty that she had once been,
I think portraits of guitars are much like that. And that to me is the art of guitar photography.
I am still learning to take cool guitar pictures. I would love if we could start this back up. The instructions from @duceditor were wonderful!
I took this one today. The guitar I have owned the longest. I bought it new as a 14 year old kid in 1984. Back then I never thought I would be taking a picture of the guitar in my flower garden! LOL
Hey, the thread lives!!!
Took this a while back. I modded it a little pickguard, bridge saddles, and selector switch tip. This is my 2019 vintera 60s modified Telecaster. I love this pic, but the background isn't so great (spare room).
I just thought this could be one of those old Fender ads.....
"You won't part with yours, even in the bedroom...."
Yeah, I'm sailing close to the wind with that one lol.
The guitar looks great! But the cool thing about this thread is learning how everything, including the background, plays a huge part in getting a great picture! I’m getting there, but still have a lot to learn!
I'm going to try a completely different approach. The one I posted is just a random pic that I like. I'm going to go at my CVC 60s when i get a moment.
I think we all have a love for these beautiful things. Just lovely all of them.
Like I said, It just happens by accident for me
But your instruments aren't "accidents." So interesting! And many are just plain gorgeous!