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01/08/2007 06:35:12 PM · #1
hello. me again.

Can any of you beautiful beings help? I'm trying, and failing, to do a set up to take shots like these found on DPC:

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Forget anything I've tried. Can anyone impart some wisdom on how best to setup and light a shot like these?

Cheers all...
01/08/2007 06:51:31 PM · #2
bump
01/08/2007 06:53:18 PM · #3
Maybe it would be helpful if you posted some you've taken so we can see them and where your having troubles. :)
01/08/2007 06:58:10 PM · #4
Maybe this will help a bit:

Gary (' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', '/') + 1) . ' kiwiness) has 2 match photos in his portfolio, and he used the same method for both, as described in the notes here:

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I tried the same but used duck-tape instead of a clamp :)
01/08/2007 06:59:22 PM · #5
Originally posted by justine:

Maybe it would be helpful if you posted some you've taken so we can see them and where your having troubles. :)

You make a strong case justine!

Here's my offering....only lighting is from the matches.

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01/08/2007 07:03:18 PM · #6
Originally posted by ursula:

Maybe this will help a bit:

Gary (' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', '/') + 1) . ' kiwiness) has 2 match photos in his portfolio, and he used the same method for both, as described in the notes here:

I tried the same but used duck-tape instead of a clamp :)


Thanks ursula, that really helps!
01/09/2007 08:18:41 AM · #7
bump....

bend me to your will
01/09/2007 08:24:04 AM · #8
oh hey! my shot! cool. mine was very simple. I stuck the match(A big duraflame match)in a piece of styrafoam and put the styrafoam in a coffe cup for stability. then I used the 100mm macro with three extension rings on it. I focused on teh match head and then put the camera on manual focus. I lit the big match with a small matchbook match. I used the continuous shutter setting. so as soon as I thought it might ignite I pressed teh shutter and took about 20 shots of the ignition. then just used the stage of ignition I liked the most. VERY simple.
01/09/2007 10:15:56 AM · #9
outside of a 20 burst machine gun firing camera. a bit more trial and error might be required ;}


01/09/2007 11:23:37 AM · #10
Originally posted by soup:

outside of a 20 burst machine gun firing camera. a bit more trial and error might be required ;}


as I thought!

I think I may also be limited due to my lens. Seems other favour a longer macro lens...with extension tubes (uh? what are these and how does that work?)...and of course lighting.

I know I'll struggle to get really sharp shots with my kit lens, but I'll keep trying.
01/09/2007 11:29:36 AM · #11
Originally posted by PurpleFire:


I know I'll struggle to get really sharp shots with my kit lens, but I'll keep trying.


Man, you've got some good stuff in your portfolio.
01/09/2007 11:33:47 AM · #12
these arent what youd need obviously but heres just an idea of what extension tubes/rings are for you.extention rings
01/09/2007 11:56:39 AM · #13
Originally posted by jfriesen:


Man, you've got some good stuff in your portfolio.


Cheers mate, that lifted my mood!

still want a better lens.
01/09/2007 12:51:23 PM · #14
try shooting at f:8 - f:11

don't focus at the closest the lens is capable of, instead frame a bit wide, and expect to crop the image down.

backlighting might help bring out the smoke, while the flame should act as ambient light.

a dark studio should also help.

use manual focus and a flashlight if needed. if you're sure the match stick is in focus - the apertures above should give you deep enough DOF, while framing wide will also add DOF

Originally posted by PurpleFire:


I know I'll struggle to get really sharp shots with my kit lens, but I'll keep trying.

01/09/2007 10:27:53 PM · #15
Hmmmm Ive been wanting to try flames...good info here....
01/10/2007 04:32:59 AM · #16
Well this came along at the right time!

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