The Pen is Mightier... CC PLEASEEEEE

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  1. minicoop1985

    minicoop1985 Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    Pretty please?


    [​IMG]The Pen is Mightier... by Michael Long, on Flickr


    Getting in some practice for the pen shop. This did make me realize I REALLY need a macro lens, as it's really cropped. Anyway, I REALLY need your help here.


     
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    tirediron Watch the Birdy! Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Given that the lid of the pen is often the most attractive part, and the part one sees first, I'm not sure that obscuring part of it this way with the pen itself is the best composition for a product shot. I am very particular about my pens and tend to pay a bit for them ('though maybe not as much or as often as some), and the clip and lid are critical. I would suggest considering a clear or white lucite block to rest the pen on, so that the whole lid can be shown off to advantage.

    Is the 'high key' look what they're after? I can't help thinking that a pen with this much light/silver/white would look much more dramatic against a dark background... That said, the shot itself works.
     
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    mamiya makes a very nice manual focus 80mm f/4 macro lens.
    its very affordable.
    I used to have one when I had my 645 1000s
    the only downside is you also have to have the macro spacer that goes with it in order for it to do 1:1. without the spacer its just an 80mm f/4 lens.
     
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    minicoop1985 Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    SOMEONE GOT THE JOKE!!!

    I wonder where I can get that spacer... Hmm. ;)

    I'll be buying the 80 Macro as soon as I can. I'm a wee bit broke from buying the camera. Anyway, here's a second go with it.

    [​IMG]The Pen is Mightier 2 by Michael Long, on Flickr
     
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    The second one is better.

    It's very common to photo pens posted (the cap attached to the back as if you were going to write). I made a little "holder" out of polymer clay - just a thick disk (like a stubby soda bottle cap), with a recess for the pen. It's not great but it works for now (needs to be leveled). You can see it here.

    Edit: For the product photos, maybe a tiny dab of plumber's putty to keep the pen so the clip is on top while the pen is flat on the table?
     
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    minicoop1985 Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    We have pen rests and the like. Shouldn't be an issue. I was just trying something before I went in. Honestly, I didn't expect to be on staff-I thought they would be clients.
     
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    I'm sure you'll give them what they are looking for. I need to do a better job at photographing my own.
     
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    Very nice; both are good :)
     
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    Nice looking pen. I wonder if it would look better on something other than a stark white background?
     

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