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Trying a Light Box
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Old 06-25-2014, 01:19 PM   #1
Trying a Light Box

Looks easy enough. Our Walmart is borderline super Walmart and has all sorts of fabrics I could find for backgrounds and figure you could use fancy place mats and such for the bottom (like this bamboo mat he uses).

Thoughts? Seems like this would be ideal for shooting snakes in, if you could keep them still. Get larger boxes for larger snakes, haha.

On another note, my professional coworker/buddy is going to walk me through my wife and I's Nikon Cool Pix camera tomorrow so that I can shoot better until I upgrade (if) to a DSLR (way after my next snake purchase, if at all).

Hopefully, I'll have some quality pics of my snakes in the very near future (within the week), once I get the hang of settings and get this all set up in my living room. Will post in this thread for all to see once I do.
Old 06-25-2014, 03:25 PM   #2
Also, found the manual to my camera and talked to my coworker about good settings for shooting my snakes. Feeling a bit better about the capabilities I have and will attempt to get some shots tonight once the kid is in bed, since the Mrs.'s is on duty at the fire station.

Didn't realize I had so many capabilities such as shutter speed, sports settings, macro, lighting (party/indoor, night portrait, dusk/dawn, sunset, etc.). If anyone else has one of these or similar, what are some of the things you do?

What about lighting in the house hold? How do you angle for different shots, where do you take them (certain room of a house?), etc.?
Old 06-25-2014, 03:33 PM   #3
Anyone know if I should start experimenting with Macro, High Sensitivity (for snake movement), Sports mode (for pics that are not up close)? Auto has just not done it for me with this camera, so.

Also, should I mess with exposure at all for quality color pics? What's the best way to bring out the patterns and color with these guys and my available settings?

Should I use the multi-shot option?
Old 06-25-2014, 04:11 PM   #4
I like multi exposures, sometimes, when I'm trying to get a tongue shot.

I almost always shoot with autofocus, but with multiple "cells" or whatever it's called, areas of focus, not just one. I try to get a good lock on the head, and then frame the photo.
Old 06-25-2014, 04:17 PM   #5
So after you set focus, then you reframe the rest of the photo and take the shot? I do not have any clue what "cells" is, haha. Illiterate with cameras. I'll look up multi-focus or areas of focus on my camera manual.
Old 06-25-2014, 04:30 PM   #6
In some cameras, you can pick either autofocus right in the center, or it "shoots" at the object to focus, and makes some squares of focus over the areas it's focusing on- like two or three or a bunch. Depending on how many of these focus squares I have on the snake, I either take the shot, or release the autofocus and refocus it automatically again. I would say I usually do this multiple times before getting as many focus squares as I want.

Obviously, I don't do camera terminology well, either.
Old 06-25-2014, 07:54 PM   #7
Some shots with my wife's FujiFilm Movie HD

Nikon is not charged. Messed with some macro, natural light features tonight and got the best pics of my Anery cornsnake I've ever managed to capture. Good practice, but still need a lot of work.
Old 06-25-2014, 09:03 PM   #8
You should take some pics of her tail, from the underside, so we can place bets on her sex!
Old 06-25-2014, 11:19 PM   #9
I will tomorrow after work so you all have a day to decide. Good call, didn't think of that.
Old 10-22-2014, 08:12 AM   #10
Looks easy enough. Our Walmart is borderline super Walmart and has all sorts of fabrics I could find for backgrounds and figure you could use fancy place mats and such for the bottom (like this bamboo mat he uses).

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