Seth_Leigh Posted May 24, 2005 Report Share Posted May 24, 2005 Hi all. Sorry I've not been around much for the last couple of months. I'm still recovering from my move to Arizona, really. Almost all of my violin stuff is still packed up, and I've had no workspace at all. I'm currently putting together a workbench so I can finish my 2nd violin. I hope to post more from now on, especially as I get my bench done, pull out the tools, and get back into the spirit of things. My grandfather died a couple weeks ago, and I drove up to Utah for his funeral. I brought my 1st violin with me, as my brother has a Canon 20D digital camera, and I intended to experiment with violin photography. My brother had actually bought some studio lights a few months back. He wanted to buy some and asked me for suggestions. I had read Michael's nice article from Soundpost Online about photographing violins , and so I'd recommended to my brother pretty much the lighting setup Michael recommended. So, the night before I drove back home, I set up my violin, four lights, and a piece of the white foam board that Michael recommends as a backdrop. I suspended my violin using dental floss and a piece of cardboard taped behind the instrument from the white board surface to hold it still. My violin spent a number of hours suspended about four feet from the carpet in my parents' living room by a couple strands of dental floss... Anyhow, here's a small sample showing the kind of results I was able to get. The Canon 20D is a digital SLR camera, and it has 8 megapixels. My brother didn't know how to do most of what I wanted to do, so I figured it out. He has a pretty solid tripod, so I used it, a cable release, and I set the camera for mirror lockup. The lens was a Canon consumer lens with IS, I don't remember the exact range, I think it's like 35 to 135 or something like that. I generally shot using around 70 or so, for a 35mm equivelant focal length of 105-110. Sometimes the 35mm equivelent was more like 130mm or so. These pictures don't do justice to the detail you can see in the full-size pics. I'm really not satisfied at all with the way the colors look on screen. My violin isn't nearly as bright orange as these pictures make it seem. I am no Photoshop guru. I used the eye dropper in the Levels dialog to set the white balance to white on the posterboard and a dark spot on the ebony somewhere for the black, and then pushed the slider around for gray. More than that I just don't know how to do. I'm willing to email original RAW files to anyone who can read them and wants to play around with tweaking the colors, or just seeing what kind of detail 8mp can show. I'm sure the lighting can be criticized abundantly. It was my first time. One last comment. These lights are hot. I wouldn't leave them on for more than a few minutes at a time. My instrument got very warm to the touch quite often. I had the lights set up pretty close to the instrument. How far away do you think they should be? In most cases all four lights were within 3 to 4 feet of the instrument. Without further ado, here's the front of my first instrument. Back side: One of the side views (I took from both sides, here's one): I forgot to take shots from the front of the scroll and the back of the scroll. I got shots only from the treble and bass sides. Bummer. Oh well, next time. Here's the bass side of the scroll. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
Join the conversation
You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.
Note: Your post will require moderator approval before it will be visible.