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Old 05-10-2020, 04:46 PM
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Winchester M61 22 Magnum from 1960. Baby Redfield scope.
S&W M48-0 also from 1960. 3 T's diamond center target stocks.
Maybe someday I will get a new camera. Big Larry

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That photo looks just fine.
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I think it was Robert Capa who said, "if your pictures aren't good enough, you're not close enough."
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I don't recall the photographer, but as I heard it, "As you crop so shall you reap". Same meaning as above, "Fill the Frame" with the primary subject.
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Agree with others...no insult intended but it isn't the camera. The most common problem with gun pictures are 1. poor composition, i.e. there is lots of dead space or the gun is cut off and/or it is a busy background; 2. poor lighting--bright shade is the best. Never use flash; 3. the camera isn't steady. A tripod and/or more light is required to get a faster shutter speed.
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Guys, I am a retired Teamster truck driver, not a photographer. It's the best I can do with what I have. Thanks fellas. Big Larry
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No problem with the camera, love the subject matter. Great pair.
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Here you go Larry from one retired Teamster to another..
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Good job! Let's go one step further.
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Thats what it needed. More Light. That M48 is one of my prizes in my collection. I have another 8 3/8" from 1961 and a M48-3 Nickel 8 3/8" from 1977, but the real prize is a 6" near new in the box from 1959. Thanks all. Big Larry
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A poor photographer shows you all his pictures. A good photographer shows you only his best pictures.
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Hey, at least there aren't any toes in the picture.

Nice guns.
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Ha Ha Ha !!! Isn't that the truth. Good one. Big Larry
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How true! Made me laugh as I was remembering "The Tea Kettle Guy" about 20 years ago on eBay. He took pictures of a very reflective teapot, and his reflection sported no clothing.
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Reminds me of a fellow that had a combat shotgun for sale on one of the ad boards. He stood it up in his bathtub and took/posted pictures of it. Strangest way I've ever seen something positioned for taking pictures. Wish I had saved them. Weird!
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Having seen a LOT of gunbroker pictures, I have to say your picture is just fine.

Photographing rifles is a pain in the butt.

If you want to take some good pictures take the revolver alone out on a really bright, but overcast day. Then prop it up at an angle. Take a whole bunch of pictures close enough to the gun that it fills the whole frame. Then pick out the best picture.

You will be surprised what basically any camera will do in that situation.

The pictures I take are done these days mostly in a little $5 light tent off of amazon. Using a pair of little $2 desk lamps, a $0.99 leather coat, a $0.99 tripod, and a panasonic G something or other. Any of the Lumix Gs I think are fine. The key thing is that they let you put a lens on it.

The thing there is that I use an old lens that was made some time in the 1980s. Thats where you get the rather good pictures. With the old, good, lens (which can be had at thrift shops and garage sales), put on a good high quality digital camera like a Panasonic Lumix G series camera, you can manually focus. It lets you zoom in on some spot on the gun (usually the markings for me), focus it manually until its just perfect. Then I set the camera to a delay, so when I hit the button it takes a shot 3 seconds later, giving me a chance to not be bumping the camera at all when it takes the shot.

At that point its all about just playing around, take a bunch of pictures, pick the one you like the best.

I paid something like $150 for my camera many, many years ago now. It's done a great job ever since. As near as I can tell these little panasonic lumix G series cameras are the best affordable way to take really, really good pictures. At least if you have good old lenses.

Oh, I should also probably find a good hood for my lens. I use a tube off of a vacuum cleaner, taped on. It helps, but if you notice most of my pictures have a kind of washed out, or glowy effect to them which I think is beacause of light shining on the lens from the sides. Or something like that. I just haven't found a decent on at a thrift shop or garage sale yet.

The other thing thats probably worth noting is that I pretty much just take the pictures for myself, I don't really care too much about pleasing other people with them. I think thats probably key. If other people like them, cool, if not, that's fine too.
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Robert Capa got killed taking pictures, didnít he?
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Many of the newer mid-range phones (last few years) take quite decent photos. Photo-sense in terms of practical skills, makes a considerably larger difference as duly noted above. One matter on Posts other than "for sale" images reflecting, darkness, distance and lack of definition; such attributable to the photographer. Quite another, all the poor quality rendered pix reflected in conjunction with for sale items! Chicanery there more often the motive! Amazing to me that folks do bid & buy predicated on such junk photos! "Garbage in, garbage out!"
Last point. Windows 10 incorporates a very simple photo editing tool. If I can learn how to use it, anybody can! Particularly "dark" photos, can often be miraculously enhanced.
Just my thoughts toward better Posts pixs!
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It's all about the lighting, really.

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