PHOTOGRAPHING KNIVES...HELP!!!!!!

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  1. Michael Humle

    Michael Humle TPF Noob!

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    Beginning this Friday I have an order of 30+ knives coming in and I am going to have to crank out at least five different images per knife! I am not versed in photographing knives and here is my plea to you all...
    I would like to ask anyone who is versed in photographing knives to please post some images. If you are a seller of knives on eBay, I understand why you wouldn't want to. But, if any others would be willing, I would be very greatful! Also, along with the images, please advise on the techniical part as well. I know I'm asking a lot, but I am in desperate need of help....Thank you! :confused:

    P.S. I photograph primarily Tactical, Survival an Hunting knives if that helps....
     
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    Sw1tchFX TPF Noob!

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    I'd stick each knife into something (0_o) for one of the shots.
     
  3. Michael Humle

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    I have to admit...I like the you think!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  4. Michael Humle

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    Help....Pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeease!
     
  5. Big Mike

    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    I would think that using a light tent would be ideal for this type of thing. Or you could make up a mini 'set' to place the knives into...Just use other accessories to give the knife a sense of scale and atmosphere.

    I'd suggest looking at catalogs and web sites and picking shots you like...and try to simulate those shots.
     
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    I took some pictures of a knife in a light tent a few weeks ago.

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    not sure if that was what you're looking for. But I sold it on eBay
     
  7. Michael Humle

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    This is exactly what I'm looking for...Thank you very much!!!!!!
     
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    I used a light tent and two flood lights. Cost me about $200 dollars for everything, but you can photograph just about anything (Small).

    Good Luck!
     
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    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    You will probably want to use a small aperture, which will give you a deep DOF. This will mean slower shutter speeds and therefore the use of a tripod is recommended.
     

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