Messing with low key lighting again.

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    Took these with a clamp light I got at Walmart and set it up camera right. Looking for that low light, high contrast, blend into background look. I used my friends Beretta and Ruger as subjects and desaturated in Lightroom. I am not really a gun person so I am not sure what angle is attractive to a gun enthusiast. If anyone has any tips on angles or points to emphasize, let me know. C&C is definitely encouraged. :thumbup: I have been inspired to try to get a good shot in this vein by dominantly, (I am in his ABC's of photography course and the last assignment covered this style.)
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    IMO, the first has the best light angle aesthetically, since the slide edge provides a nice high level and the serrations have a good texture. Beyond that, it depends on whether you want to emphasize one particular part of the gun. #2 emphasizes the cylinder release pretty dramatically, which could be a desired effect under some circumstances.

    Since when does a non-gun-enthusiast shell out the cash for a GP-100?
     
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    3rd one is a little too dark, you really can't see the whole subject well. Even if it I think about it as an commercial shot for a grip maker I think I would want more or maybe less. Hope that makes sense, but I agree 1 came out well
     
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    ^They were actually my friends guns^. Thanks for the advice.:thumbup: I will try those angles out next time I get a chance to mess with this setup again.
     
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    I agree that #3 is very dark. I think that the exclusion of the light adapter on the trigger guard, photo #3, would have been a wise decision as it detracts from the lighted section of the gun (just realized this! :lol:) In regards to the commercial aspect of the last shot, I would have to say that if I were trying to display a product in this situation, I would have used completely different light and angles. Thanks for the ideas! :thumbup:
     
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    #1 is my favorite, but from a aesthetic point of view I'd loose the laser sight. I think the outline of the frame would be better suited as the focal point without the blackness of the sight on the bottom.
     
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    Yeah, the tactical light may have been a poor choice. Next time I will try without. Thanks for your input. :thumbup:
     

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