.... surprised me with a couple new lamps and a tripod today. no, theres no pics of her, im not THAT brave, but i did retake a couple shots i tried before with the new lamps and tripod, and used a couple ideas i learned here. the lamps she got have 2 sides to them. one is clear and the other is frosted, and they use halogen bulbs. i guess she listened to me more then i thought when i was talking about needing better light. so much for assuming she was just going along with my "ranting" :lmao: she said when she saw them she thought they were close to what i described that i wanted, so she bought them for me. she said she figured that having one clear side and one frosted side would mean i dont have to try to burn down the apartment by covering a lamp with a sheet or something else that might be flammable. with my memory and short attention span, thats a big concern. we dont need me forgetting i left a sheet over a bulb when i go answer the phone and forget what i was doing before the phone rang. to make a long story short, she also got me a new tripod. i have 2 others, but again she listened when i told her i wanted a full size one that had the same features of the mini tripod i have. the one she got for me also has 2 quick release platforms. needless to say, i think i have the best wife in the world, and there still isnt a day that goes by that i dont thank God i have her in my life. ok....on to the pictures. i posted a picture of the same compass i tried shooting before, but it didnt come out as well (IMO) as these ones did. after reading some threads here about how some people reflect light onto what they shoot, i figured it would probably be the best way to get better shots being so close to the subject i was shooting. all i did was use the extra light and i draped a towel off of the shelf on my desk and aimed the lights until i got the light onto the compass without too much glare, or seeing the lamp in the reflection. i took 2 in color, and 2 in B&W for the people here that like B&W. #1 #2 #3 #4 this next picture is a cool paperweight she got for me a few years ago. i had a couple other pics of it, but i wanted to try to get better pics showing the color and detail, so i shot a couple pics of that too. #5 the last 2 pics are shots she took. the first is my desk with everything set up, and the 2nd (im being forced to post it, by her ) is a shot she snuck of me while i was trying to set up the shots i took. thats the last time i leave my camera in her hands when im not paying attention. i hate having my picture taken, and always having a camera now is a good way to help assure that straight shots of me will be nearly impossible to get. im not very photogenic, to say it nicely. :lmao: #6 #7 any comments/suggestions/critique is very much appreciated! thanks again for looking!