Poor Product Photography, Help

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  1. eric-holmes

    eric-holmes No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    -50% Crop
    -18-105 Kit Lens
    -SB-600 in beauty dish camera left
    -White reflector camera right

    Anytime you do a wedding, people want product shots of their rings and etc. I thought that I would attempt to shoot some shots of our own rings. I am glad it wasn't for pay. Everyone came out as soft as this.

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    o hey tyler Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    Do you have a VR lens, and did it have VR on at the time?
     
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    eric-holmes No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    It does have VR but I didn't not have it on at the time. I didn't think it would be necessary with a shutter speed of 1/200.

    Camera Maker: NIKON CORPORATION
    Camera Model: NIKON D90
    Lens: 18.0-105.0 mm f/3.5-5.6
    Image Date: 2010-08-10
    Focal Length: 105mm (35mm equivalent: 157mm)
    Focus Distance: 0.45m
    Aperture: f/14.0
    Exposure Time: 0.0050 s (1/200)
    ISO equiv: 200
    Exposure Bias: none
    Metering Mode: Center Weight
    Exposure: Manual
    Exposure Mode: Manual
    White Balance: Auto
    Flash Fired: No
    Color Space: sRGB
     
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    KmH Helping photographers learn to fish Supporting Member

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    Were you inside the closest the lens can focus, 1.48 feet?
     
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    eric-holmes No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    I had the lens set to auto focus and it was giving me the "beep" so I am assuming that it was focusing.
     
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    TJ K No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Well I would probably shoot around f/11 because the lens will probably be a bit sharper at that aperture but also maybe try to back up a little bit if you were focusing right around the minimum distance. Were you shaky when shooting it or pretty steady? Try the shot on a tripod just to see if the results are the same. GL

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    You might be getting some diffraction at F/14. Try switching the lens to your 50 and bump the f/ to about f/8. You should be good then. General rule of thumb, dont go about F/11 unless absolutely necessary. This gives you a nice cushion...for some lenses...to stay away from diffraction.

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    Robin Usagani Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    Did I make it better or worse?
    [​IMG]
     
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    eric-holmes No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    I was steady. I was balanced on a table. I have since went back and turned on the VR. I also back up a bit so and just decided to crop it more. I think that was the problem. Although it said it was focused, it was too close.

    I really need to update my signature. I sold that 50. Lol. Diffraction? I will have to look that one up. I don't know about diffraction.

    I am interested about bits of your edit. I like how it actually looks like white gold. I like how you smoothed it out (mine is pretty beat up). I could do without the flare. That is just my opinion. Please share.
     
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    Robin Usagani Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    Topaz clean. If you really need help, send me the high res. I will do a better job without the flare.
     
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    eric-holmes No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Is topaz an action? A free one? Let me get a better file together and I will take you up on that offer.
     
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    kami TPF Noob!

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    Have you tried manually focusing?
     

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