Welcome Guest ( Log In | Register )

Outline · [ Standard ] · Linear+

> [GUIDE] How to Photograph your Rig, by JoePhoto from OCN

views
     
TSinfernoaswen
post Mar 21 2013, 11:50 PM, updated 7y ago

(╯°□°)╯︵ ┻━┻)
*******
Senior Member
3,753 posts

Joined: Aug 2010
From: subang jaya


Disclaimer: I have stumble upon a great thread in overclock.net that was created by joephoto and I wish to share the information available in there in this forum to help our malaysian modders. I do not own any copyrights in the information posted below as its purely extracted from this following thread: http://www.overclock.net/t/912437/how-to-photograph-your-rig. Credits goes to joephoto from OCN.
********************************************************************************************************************
user posted image


Mission: To improve the overall quality of images found on Overclock.net by teaching some of the core fundamentals of photographing complicated subjects such as black, shiny, led-lit computers.

Why?: Many of us spend countless hours researching, building, perfecting, polishing, and benching our systems. We are proud of them, and want to share them with the world. However, even the best rigs can look like trash when the same care attention to detail is not taken with the camera. To do our rigs and community justice, we should know how to capture images of these machines that are appealing and nice to look at.

I'm going to be using a plain old P&S camera, a Samsung S730:

user posted image

Some key concepts:
1) Good photographs come from people, not cameras. Even a cell phone can be used to take amazing photographs when the photographer has prepared everything else correctly.
Don't believe me? Here's a link to a high-fashion photoshoot done entirely with an iPhone 3Gs:

http://fstoppers.com/iphone/

2) Photography is the capture of LIGHT. Therefore, LIGHTING is everything. Without going into a masters thesis on it, there are a few basics.

Hard Light vs Soft Light: Hard light is undiffussed and direct, like the sun on a clear day. It leaves sharp, defined shadows. Notice how a car with little imperfections in the paint shows it all in direct sun light? Soft light is diffused, like an overcast sky. It creates very little shadow. Getting the right kind of light for you photo is absolutely essential.

Large source vs Small source: A smaller light source creates hard shadows, and a larger one softens them. That's why a camera flash can look so terrible. It's a tiny light source and throws huge ugly shadows. A larger light source (like an open window in a room) makes softer, more appealing shadows.

So, now we translate that to photographing our rigs.

The worst kind of photo that we see on these forums a lot uses the camera's flash straight into an open case, letting huge reflections come back at the camera and destroying all lighting effects in the case. UGLY.

user posted image

The next kind of sub-par image we see is a blurred one. This happens for one of two reasons (or both). Either A) The camera did aquire focus, or B) The photographer moved the camera during the exposure, creating motion blur.

Solution to A: Hold the shutter button halfway down first to activate the camera's focus mechanism. Wait for a focus confirmation, usually a green light or 'chirp', then GENTLY press the button all the way, being careful to keep it steady. If you are too close, the camera will not focus without being switched into 'Macro' mode (usually a flower icon).

Solution to B: Lay off the caffeine, or use a tripod. Photos don't happen instantly. There is a time when the camera is exposing the image. This time changes depending on amount light. Given that our rigs are usually dark and in dark places, the times are long, making blurring the photo easy to do. If you can't hand-hold it, USE A TRIPOD.

Missed Focus:
user posted image

Motion Blurred:
user posted image

There is also the problem that comes along with digital cameras called "Noise". This is a phenomena seen in dark areas in a photo. This can be reduced by turning the camera's sensitivity down, known as the ISO. Images are cleaner at lower ISOs, but they also take longer to expose, which increases the risk of motion blur.

user posted image

So far, this is enough information to take shots of rig in ambient light. 'Ambient Light' means the light that already exists in the area you are taking the photo. This works for showing of your case lighting ONLY. It really doesn't display you system very well, and people will have a hard time seeing your hard work.

So, we need to add a light, one that we can control.

This post has been edited by infernoaswen: Mar 27 2013, 09:03 PM
TSinfernoaswen
post Mar 21 2013, 11:50 PM

(╯°□°)╯︵ ┻━┻)
*******
Senior Member
3,753 posts

Joined: Aug 2010
From: subang jaya


Option 1: Open Window
Window light is generally soft and directional, and you have the ability to adjust the angle of your case to it to control the reflections. This is the most effective cheap way to light up something nicely.

user posted image
Photo above by denydog


Option 2: Reflect Light from a lamp
By aiming a light at a large white surface (like a poster board) you make the source larger. This gives a window-light effect that you have more control over. Reflect the light on to the rig, and adjust as necessary.

user posted image


Option 3: Use you monitor (My personal favorite for a quick, great looking photo)
You can set your background on your monitor to blank white, and then turn your monitor towards your computer for a large, even light source.

user posted image

user posted image

My old 775 system:
user posted image





This post has been edited by infernoaswen: Mar 21 2013, 11:58 PM
TSinfernoaswen
post Mar 21 2013, 11:51 PM

(╯°□°)╯︵ ┻━┻)
*******
Senior Member
3,753 posts

Joined: Aug 2010
From: subang jaya


Helpful Tips:
-Use different angles to position reflections where you want them
-When photographing anything shiny, light up the area around it instead of the object itself
-Use camera angles to emphazize the good and disguise the bad
-Strive to make it look good in camera without the need for editing programs
-If your camera has a mode that allows you to adjust the ISO, turning it down low (100-200) will help get rid of the excessive grain. This will also lenghten the shutter speed, so make sure you're on a tripod.
-Be creative! Show us why your case rocks, give us a reason to look at the pic for more than a second or two

Some of my best shots, using a Point and Shoot:

user posted image

user posted image

user posted image

user posted image

user posted image


Alright, get out there and start shooting!

This post has been edited by infernoaswen: Mar 21 2013, 11:58 PM
unequalteck
post Mar 22 2013, 01:39 AM

Custom member title
*******
Senior Member
2,587 posts

Joined: Dec 2008
From: Kota Kinabalu Current: Wangsa Maju


haha i also saw this few days ago, already tried to use monitor reflection to take a pic
hmwgbworld
post Mar 22 2013, 01:51 PM

Look at all my stars!!
*******
Senior Member
3,370 posts

Joined: Apr 2012
From: Kuching


Really helpful tips rclxms.gif
TSinfernoaswen
post Mar 22 2013, 02:20 PM

(╯°□°)╯︵ ┻━┻)
*******
Senior Member
3,753 posts

Joined: Aug 2010
From: subang jaya


QUOTE(hmwgbworld @ Mar 22 2013, 01:51 PM)
Really helpful tips  rclxms.gif
*
yes bro, I hope mod can pin this thread or move/combine into appropriate section so that it wont get lost overtime.
usop8290
post Mar 22 2013, 02:40 PM

Enthusiast
*****
Senior Member
911 posts

Joined: May 2009
From: Bangi & Kuala Terengganu


nice guide icon_rolleyes.gif
Zzorro
post Apr 2 2013, 10:23 PM

*retirement™
******
Senior Member
1,023 posts

Joined: Mar 2012
From: Land of Malay legendary™

nice tips thumbup.gif
hypermax
post Apr 7 2013, 01:27 PM

Newbie
*******
Senior Member
2,500 posts

Joined: Jan 2003
From: Beneath the starry night


Good tips you have there. Thanks for sharing.
satmerchant
post Apr 12 2013, 10:30 PM

Getting Started
**
Junior Member
154 posts

Joined: Feb 2011


nice guide

tshin810
post Apr 21 2013, 11:21 AM

Enthusiast
*****
Senior Member
984 posts

Joined: Dec 2009

simply amazing guide. And your white casing damn cool!
AaronFPS
post Jul 24 2013, 12:03 PM

Moderator
******
Senior Member
1,633 posts

Joined: May 2013
From: Gay El


thanks
BlackWoods
post Sep 30 2013, 09:03 PM

Dark Knight
*******
Senior Member
2,133 posts

Joined: Jun 2012
Great guide for people who want to take good photo of their good looking rig.
Oh yes don't forget to clean the dust first people!
ValityMental
post Mar 25 2014, 07:33 AM

I live my own life.
******
Senior Member
1,289 posts

Joined: Sep 2012



Thanks for the nice guide ! thumbup.gif
sokiu
post Oct 10 2016, 12:41 PM

New Member
*
Newbie
3 posts

Joined: Aug 2016
I already tried to use monitor reflection to take a pic
Lightning.R91
post Aug 29 2017, 03:07 PM

Getting Started
**
Junior Member
187 posts

Joined: Dec 2013
From: Sarawak Miri <3


Nice, thanks for sharing.
Gonna try this weekend. smile.gif
7cantona
post Jul 19 2019, 08:23 AM

On my way
****
Junior Member
586 posts

Joined: Apr 2019

Great guide for newbie like me biggrin.gif
good work thumbsup.gif

 

Switch to:
| Lo-Fi Version
0.0753sec    1.97    5 queries    GZIP Disabled
Time is now: 24th August 2019 - 10:42 AM