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Photography and Pipes

Post by jasonsilver » Wed Sep 26, 2018 9:54 am

I've looked around the forums a bit first without luck, and so I apologize if this is already addressed somewhere.

Any tips on how to best photograph a pipe?

Some questions:

1. White or Black backgrounds? Or other colour?
2. Can I use an older camera - I don't have a fancy DSLR
3. Angles / Views: If I'm trying to sell a pipe, how should I position it so people get the best view(s)?
4. Lighting: I have very little extra money, can I get away with just taking it outside? If so, is cloudy or sunny best? Or?

Thank you so much!
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Re: Photography and Pipes

Post by UncleBob » Wed Sep 26, 2018 9:56 am

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Re: Photography and Pipes

Post by jasonsilver » Wed Sep 26, 2018 10:03 am

UncleBob wrote:
Wed Sep 26, 2018 9:56 am
Worth you time:
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Wow, thanks, that was very helpful.

She was using just a phone camera, so I guess the quality of camera is less crucial?

Also, thoughts on angles?
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Post by JimVH » Wed Sep 26, 2018 10:08 am

Thanks, UB. I bought a cheap photo tent that I'm not real happy with, but according to the video, I'm not using enough light.

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Re: Photography and Pipes

Post by UncleBob » Wed Sep 26, 2018 10:09 am

jasonsilver wrote:
Wed Sep 26, 2018 10:03 am
UncleBob wrote:
Wed Sep 26, 2018 9:56 am
Worth you time:
{video removed}
Wow, thanks, that was very helpful.

She was using just a phone camera, so I guess the quality of camera is less crucial?

Also, thoughts on angles?
Personally, I would look at professionals whose living is contingent on photographing pipes. My suggestions would be someone like Mark Tinsky and then SmokingPipes.com.
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Re: Photography and Pipes

Post by UncleBob » Wed Sep 26, 2018 10:10 am

JimVH wrote:
Wed Sep 26, 2018 10:08 am
Thanks, UB. I bought a cheap photo tent that I'm not real happy with, but according to the video, I'm not using enough light.
Yeah, I sucked at photographing pipes but this can help.
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Re: Photography and Pipes

Post by jasonsilver » Wed Sep 26, 2018 10:17 am

UncleBob wrote:
Wed Sep 26, 2018 10:09 am
Personally, I would look at professionals whose living is contingent on photographing pipes. My suggestions would be someone like Mark Tinsky and then SmokingPipes.com.
That's a good idea - it looks like they do each side, top, bottom, an isometric-style angle from both sides...

but I'm wondering how they get the pipe to stand up in each of these positions!!!

Any ideas?
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Re: Photography and Pipes

Post by UncleBob » Wed Sep 26, 2018 10:19 am

jasonsilver wrote:
Wed Sep 26, 2018 10:17 am
UncleBob wrote:
Wed Sep 26, 2018 10:09 am
Personally, I would look at professionals whose living is contingent on photographing pipes. My suggestions would be someone like Mark Tinsky and then SmokingPipes.com.
That's a good idea - it looks like they do each side, top, bottom, an isometric-style angle from both sides...

but I'm wondering how they get the pipe to stand up in each of these positions!!!

Any ideas?
Many use that poster adhesive:
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Re: Photography and Pipes

Post by jasonsilver » Wed Sep 26, 2018 10:21 am

UncleBob wrote:
Wed Sep 26, 2018 10:19 am
jasonsilver wrote:
Wed Sep 26, 2018 10:17 am
but I'm wondering how they get the pipe to stand up in each of these positions!!!
Any ideas?
Many use that poster adhesive
A hah!!

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Re: Photography and Pipes

Post by UncleBob » Wed Sep 26, 2018 10:23 am

jasonsilver wrote:
Wed Sep 26, 2018 10:21 am
UncleBob wrote:
Wed Sep 26, 2018 10:19 am
jasonsilver wrote:
Wed Sep 26, 2018 10:17 am
but I'm wondering how they get the pipe to stand up in each of these positions!!!
Any ideas?
Many use that poster adhesive
A hah!!

You, my friend, are a genius.
You may want to PM SlowToke (aka http://teipenpipes.com/ ) for better info.
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Re: Photography and Pipes

Post by jasonsilver » Wed Sep 26, 2018 10:31 am

It looks like a seller on Ebay uses his hands to photo the pipes, which perhaps has the added benefit of perspective.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-Handmade-I ... SwyGBa0VfR

Any thoughts there?
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Re: Photography and Pipes

Post by FredS » Wed Sep 26, 2018 5:02 pm

UncleBob wrote:
Wed Sep 26, 2018 10:19 am
jasonsilver wrote:
Wed Sep 26, 2018 10:17 am
UncleBob wrote:
Wed Sep 26, 2018 10:09 am
Personally, I would look at professionals whose living is contingent on photographing pipes. My suggestions would be someone like Mark Tinsky and then SmokingPipes.com.
That's a good idea - it looks like they do each side, top, bottom, an isometric-style angle from both sides...

but I'm wondering how they get the pipe to stand up in each of these positions!!!

Any ideas?
Many use that poster adhesive:
Image
When it comes to the art of communicating the looks of a pipe, nobody does it better than Smokingpipes.com. They show the pipe, the whole pipe, and nothing but the pipe.

Here's how they do it:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-fDVdUecGA0

At 1:30 they show exactly how they get the pipe to stand up. They use a prop and then photoshop it out. Also notice how they use light absorbing fabric or paper to control reflected light for each shot.
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Re: Photography and Pipes

Post by FredS » Wed Sep 26, 2018 5:12 pm

The pros at Smokingpipes.com also do artsy fartsy pipe photography with posed backgrounds. Here's a link to a blog post on the topic.
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Re: Photography and Pipes

Post by Goose55 » Wed Sep 26, 2018 5:28 pm

UncleBob wrote:
Wed Sep 26, 2018 9:56 am
Worth you time:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T6fnHEvLyAE
Those are some pretty cool & helpful how-to vids, UB. Useful info.

Only thing is that sometimes objects look better if there is more light from one side than the other, i.e., a shadow. That's so texture can be seen, as with this blasted ring-grained pipe. This also gives the object a 3-dimensional look/ feel.....

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Re: Photography and Pipes

Post by SlowToke » Wed Sep 26, 2018 8:47 pm

I use dental wax to position the pipe. It's better than wall putty because you can either buff it off or heat it until it melts then buff it. The putty can get wedged into the crags of sandblasted and rusticated pipes and trying to get it out is a pain. I know because it's what I used before I discovered my daughters dental wax for her braces.

First let me start with the fact that I really do suck at photography but I've managed to get decent enough photos of my pipes. First, get a light box of some sort. Next, get daylight light bulbs for your light sources whether it be desk lamps, spotlights, or whatever. Lastly, get Lightroom to edit your photos. Learn the best settings on the camera you have. Use a tripod. Take lots of photos and pick the best ones. That's how I do it.
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