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Old May 10, 2004, 11:00 PM   #1
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Hello, we are potters taking pictures for our website. Using Olympus C2020 on tripod, homemade tabletop tent setup with semi-transparent photo surround, gray photo background. Our work averages up to 1'x1', is shiny teal or off white color.

Whether on "P" or "ASM" when the camera considers the setting optimum (within the green range) the picture is too dark. When I lighten the setting, the background becomes pink, beige, etc. I've tried blue photofloods, 250w 3200k, and basic flood lamps.

I read thata preset white balance is best and have tried the settings available in the camera but this did not help. It does take fine pictures in natural sunlight.

I read about the Alzo cool lights; would this help? A white card? Any ideas would be greatly appreciated. This forum is a wealth of information.

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Old May 11, 2004, 10:02 AM   #2
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When I do Lamps or Knick-Knacks, Jewlery or any such Items. I use just natural sun light and a couple of reflectors. Use Spot meter in Your camera,and don't foget to use a reflector as a back light to surround the object You are Photographing.We don't want any shadows if We can help it. If You have to use A light, Just use one flash on the camera turned way down at least a full stop and fill in with A reflector. To much light will wash out the color. If You have rear curtain sink on Your camera, Use it. I hope this helps You out.
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Old May 12, 2004, 9:26 AM   #3
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Ronnie,

Thanks for the reply. I'm wondering if I should replace my 4 yr old camera. Is there a model better suited to studio photography?

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With the 8700 I just use A Nikon AS-15 Sync Terminal Adapter and this lets you plug in a regular PC Cord to fire Your Studio Lights if they are needed. I usually use A Nikon 28DX flash on the camera and A SB-26 Nikon flash off to one side or the other as A Fill light. I use the SB-26 because it has a built in slave and I don't have to mess with wires. Of course if more then six people are in the Photograph I am forced at times to use My Travelight 750 Monolights. Depending on The place and available light Etc. I just have to insure I have A nice crisp Image with the correct color and no distortion. When shooting Family Portraits or shots with Pets in them. They have to be perfect in just about every way or You won't sell any reprints and probably will get A bad reputation and won't get any word of mouth jobs. 75 percent of the time there are only 4 or 5 people or less in the photo. Quite offen there is only 2. For what I do and if anything pops up I'm positive this little Nikon 8700 will more the handle the job at hand.
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