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Old Jun 13, 2009, 10:32 AM   #1
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I am really struggling here without a tripod. My hands just aren't steady enough for the exposures I want to use. These two crops are probably the best out of 90 attempts.

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Old Jun 13, 2009, 4:30 PM   #2
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The second shot is definitely sharper than the first. Depth of field is the problem on the first shot. With a tripod you could slow the shutter down and close down the aperture to deepen the DOF.

Is that a guitar? If not, what kind of instrument is it?

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Old Jun 13, 2009, 7:19 PM   #3
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Thanks for your commentary, Cal...the main reason I posted these. I feel like I'm learning something here because your comments parallel my own thoughts. I remember the recent macro challenge.

Well, a tripod is on my "get next list," but money for "toys" is scarce at this point. I'm beginning to think that even an el cheapo tripod would be much better than none; it seems that good tripods are fairly expensive from what I've read.

Sorry, I should have added a description. Both pictures are of guitars. The first is from an acoustic guitar and the second is from an electric guitar.

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I really like the second one
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The first shot almost looks like the capstan used for adjusting tension on sailboat sheets. (except for the hole and wire wound strings of course)
Second shot is nice. Would look cool with all the knobs aligned. (forget the tuning - this is a photography forum)

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Thanks, Mugmar!

Thanks, Brian. I also thought of some winch on a sail boat. I think I'll give your idea of aligning the tuning keys a try.

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....good tripods are fairly expensive from what I've read...
A bean bag, or even any old plastic bag full of plastic beads, propped up on something can be quite effective. Use the self-timer for a couple of seconds to avoid shake. This is wise even on a tripod if you have a camera like mine with no provision for a cable release.
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Listen to Alan. He is wise beyond his years.
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Great idea, the second photo is very nice.
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Thank you Bynx and flutelady!

You know, Alan, that's a good idea. I had forgotten that I used a bag of rice on the ground a few months ago to shoot some small plants in the back yard. It didn't occur to me to actually put the bag on something to raise it up. I suspect beans might work better than rice. It figures - my wife just cooked the last bag of beans yesterday and they're on the shopping list.

My camera won't use a cable release, either. I have thought of the timer, but I haven't used it yet, aside from just testing it. Heh - I have been reminded of the timer occasionally as my not-insignificant proboscis has hit the timer setup button while I'm framing a shot through the EVF. Maybe it's been a "message from above" that I've been ignoring!

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