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Old Apr 11, 2005, 11:12 AM   #1
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Hi,

I just purchased this Fujifilm s7000 cam and it works great, but I just can't get any good close-ups of the jewelry pics that I need for selling on e-bay. I tried macro, I tried super macro, I tried just zooming in using different modes. The pics just turn out blah. Does anyone have a solution for me, it could just be something I'm missing. Thank goodness for digital, as I can just keep trying different shots.

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Old Apr 11, 2005, 8:18 PM   #2
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Get a tripod, and take the pictures in nice bright lighting pretty much.
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Old Apr 12, 2005, 8:50 AM   #3
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Good macro photography depends on lighting, and not the camera. With proper lighting, you can get great shots with a $185 Nikon 3200. Take some time to research the subject, including how to make a homemade light box...

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Old Apr 12, 2005, 11:24 AM   #4
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I've used a tripod and also tried various lightings and still no go.
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Old Apr 12, 2005, 11:26 AM   #5
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Hi Phil,

I tried all kinds of different scenarios with lighting, bright sunlight, shade light, etc and still can't seem to get a good shot.
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Old Apr 12, 2005, 6:23 PM   #6
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Could you try posting some examples of what you are getting? I get great photos of coins using a s602 (the model the s7000 replaced), just using daylight with the coins on a piece of material on a windowsil. I can't imagine jewellery is that much of a different ballgame :S
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Ok, here's a pic and I left it in JPG rather than GIF, I hope that helps. I use the timer also, as well as the tripod nad various settings on the cam and this is the best I got.
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:love:Your image quality isn't too bad. Try using white cardboard to bounce more light onto the dark areas. Also try a bouncedlight from table level.
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Old Apr 14, 2005, 2:49 PM   #9
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For lighting this type of subject you might want to get a light tent. Patterson makes their Light Pod. It is designed for the type of work you are trying to do. They are available through B&H Photo online for about 80 bucks. You can use on of these bad boys with a flood light or just take it out on a sunny day.

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Ok, here's a pic and I left it in JPG rather than GIF, I hope that helps. I use the timer also, as well as the tripod nad various settings on the cam and this is the best I got.
My impression is that your pic was taken with direct flash from the camera's built-in flash. This usually provides poor results, as you've now seen. As mentioned above, you should consider the use of a light tent/box setup, which is the kind of thing that the pro's use. Take a look at the close-up forum to see examples of what you can do with a light box.

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