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SemolinaPilchard

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  1. We used to do the Poulton pub crawl and finish in the Thatched before setting off for the clubs in Blackpool - we used to order our taxi(s) in the name of Mike Hunt. The drivers never knew why we were falling about laughing after they came in a and shouted "Taxi for Mike Hunt!" True story. Once or twice we used the name Hugh Jampton
  2. Thanks Andrew, My pal did an article about this some time ago. https://www.diyphotography.net/use-mirrors-get-perfect-axial-lighting-macro-subjects/ ...which will explain much of the process. We've added under product lighting now also - but am just out the door for a long weekend away so will get back on Monday about that regards Doug (Photography at Chards)
  3. I think it's fab. Simple design but stunning (IMHO) lines. Not in same league as QB's of course but it was never competing. Bravo Edward!
  4. 6 rungs - about 5 feet - though rarely top step used. Will they improve your pics? Well that's the elusive thing that we all search for isn't it....the next gadget to aid photographers - though I would avoid anything that said "Photographers Step-Ladders" as they will cost an arm and a leg
  5. Good tip - am always looking for more ways to present the coins although for these box shots I think it's more about showing how they look in packaging supplied - raising that tray makes it look a bit padded which may cause confusion for potential buyer. I frequently get on stepladders or prop the coin up from behind in order to show more of it if I think it's needed - but as we also display top views of reverse and obverse not sure it's really needed. I will give it a try though. Thanks. Forgive the username - it seemed funny at the time Doug
  6. Sorry - only just seen this post. Good result eh! We use a 180mm macro (when we can) which gives more working distance to manoeuvre the glass a degree or two but looks like you have enough room there anyway. Anything more than 4 or 5 degrees will push the reflected light off. Good job I'd say.
  7. @shawy2520 Lawrence asked me a while ago to put together something to show how to take better images. Every time I start something crops up and I get sidetracked. I do intend to do it but may be a while For now here is an interview we did with DIYPhotography which explains axial lighting and at the bottom is the video from Gale Spring, I eventually found, when I was looking for a better way https://www.diyphotography.net/use-mirrors-get-perfect-axial-lighting-macro-subjects/ Shawy - you don't NEED a support unit. It's handy - but not essential. Two pieces of wood screwed together would do same I find that I angle the glass between circa 42degrees and 49degrees. So one hand is still needed holding the glass to see which is best. I frequently take a few anyway as viewing in Bridge/Photoshop shows more detail than the viewfinder anyway. You can look through the viewfinder with modelling lamp on to show the effects of different angles the glass is placed at. The only constants are the base of the glass (the pivot point) needs to be perpendicular to the light source - and something dark on the right needs to absorb pass through light and hinder it bouncing back (and up) Hope this helps - feel free to ask any questions ...and yes...I know the glass in the pics on the interview is very mucky. Whilst I am much more careful generally it actually doesn't matter regards Doug
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