Reading the posts on the message board and looking at all the pictures posted I saw excellent pictures (check out Dan Beimborn), good pictures and mediocre pictures too.
Recently I got a request from luthiers I know to send them pictures of one of my instruments. I thought, sure, no big deal, easily accomplished, hey I´ll just get it done on the weekend when I have a couple of minutes.
Yeah, sure! I started tinkering with a digital camera, fooled around with a regular mirror reflex camera (on loan from my daddy), tried out different lighting, differnt films, differnt sensitivity (in the films) and such.
To make a long and sad story short, the outcome of my picturetaking effort was simply not worth the input (so far).
The most aggravating thing is the unwanted reflection on the instrument´s finish. The subtle differences in the finish tend to be cut short by the lighting. Either the finish appears too bright or too dark. The metal parts show reflections too, so that you are unable to see any engraving and such. There are other problems too, like the closeups seem to be unfocused...
Here is where y´all come in - I hope. Mandolin pickers seem to bee quite knowlegable when it comes to portraying their instruments (like the Wiens, Kimble, Beimborn websites). Folks, help me out. How do I take good pictures of my instruments. The miror reflex camera is equiped with a regular 35mm lens. It will not focus automatically nor will it set the shutter and the shutter time automaticaly. The digital camera (4 megapixel) will do all that but will not let me tweak the setting manualy.
I could photoshop the pictures a bit but would prefer to do as little of it as possible.
Allright folks. Lay it on me. I appreciate all the input I can get.