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Old Feb 25, 2004, 3:44 PM   #1
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Hello, I'm hoping someone can share a little expertise. After much deliberation I purchased a Nikon Coolpix 4500 and love it.
Iím using it for indoor close product shots only. It's excellent for super close macro shooting, but after two months of practice I cannot take a decent semi-close product shot. They all seem one dimensional, flat, soft and lifeless. Iíve adjusted aperture, shutter speeds, light, white balance, ISO, sharpness and exposure comp. Iíve tried using a soft box and without.
I know this camera has the capability so if anyone has any suggestions/ setting/ ideas ?? Iíd REALLY appreciate it. The items that I'm shooting are a range of ceramic / glass vases, art artifacts, figurines, dishes, and the like.
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Old Feb 25, 2004, 4:02 PM   #2
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Hi Megan,

You might try this:

Take small piece of stiff paper (notecard without lines would do)
and place it at 45 degree angle in front of flash.

This will cause the flash to bounce.

Up your exposure +1 to +2 to compensate.

Good luck
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Old Feb 25, 2004, 5:20 PM   #3
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Hi, I don't have this camera, but check out sharpening as well. Since I use my present camera with sharpening set to soft, many pics look flat but come to life when I use the sharpen and unsharp mask tools in editing. If I'm doing something for the web, I use harder settings than for large prints.

Again in editing, look at your picture contrast and try some enhancement, whilst the flash suggestion is the best, you still may need to change contrast and brightness levels. Look at the 'histogram' on saved shots as it will give some clues as to the contrast range and exposure. Presumably your pics from the camera are o.k in daylight? VOX
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Old Feb 26, 2004, 10:28 AM   #4
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I highly recommend that you get this book --

http://www.shortcourses.com/bookstor...ook_studio.htm

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Old Feb 26, 2004, 1:16 PM   #5
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Great, I will try all your suggestions. Thanks Megan
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