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Re: Keycap & Keyboard Photography
« Reply #200 on: Tue, 04 March 2014, 22:52:35 »
Just get yourself an iPhone :)  Mashby takes some amazing photographs with his!  This is my camera, and it's far from top of the line.  Was a more budget-friendly bridge camera when I got it in 2011.

The most important thing I've found is 1. knowing your "instrument" well (manual + lots of practice), 2. strategic lighting, 3. composition.  You don't need a fancy DSLR to take good photographs.  I think $80-100 can get a "good enough" camera these days, and the rest would be well spent on some lamps and a tripod.

Tried that, it is worse than my current setup.

My current setup: http://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=39675.msg783890#msg783890

Except that one of the legs on the tripod is loose and it won't stand up by itself any more.
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Re: Keycap & Keyboard Photography
« Reply #201 on: Tue, 04 March 2014, 23:08:25 »
Hehe, I mean a "real" tripod.  Something that could be compact or extend when needed to stand on the floor and be tall.  Also for macro photos, it's definitely better to have more powerful zoom and place your camera a bit farther away.  Another note: taking a photograph of an extended object (like a long keyboard) from above and too close results in some curvature distortion: the keyboard will look curved and warped.  Better to take the photo from farther away, zoomed in, such that the focal length >> length of the object.  Example in the first image here.
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Re: Keycap & Keyboard Photography
« Reply #202 on: Wed, 05 March 2014, 01:48:23 »
I think most of you have better cameras than me.
I certainly don't.
I just have a m4/3 I got off of Craigslist for 160 bucks, and a 45mm lens, which isn't very good for taking pictures of keyboards.

Not to mention I'm in dire need of a tripod...
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Re: Keycap & Keyboard Photography
« Reply #203 on: Wed, 05 March 2014, 01:52:50 »
I wish, it's just the 18-55mm kit lens from the d3100.
I want a macro lens though, once I upgrade my camera I suppose  :p

that makes it more amazing then!
well done sir!



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Re: Keycap & Keyboard Photography
« Reply #204 on: Wed, 05 March 2014, 02:04:13 »
Great shot HPE ;D The D3100 kit lens is awesome. It goes real close.

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Re: Keycap & Keyboard Photography
« Reply #205 on: Wed, 05 March 2014, 08:48:51 »
Bored :P

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nice pic! very sharp. are you using macro lens?
Thank you :)

I wish, it's just the 18-55mm kit lens from the d3100.

I want a macro lens though, once I upgrade my camera I suppose  :p

I have a Nikon DSLR as well, and that 18-55mm lens is an excellent all-rounder!  I probably use it more than any of the other lenses I've accumulated.  I even bought a dedicated macro lens, but it's a bit fiddly to set it up, so I use the 18-55 for documenting projects and miscellaneous shots far more than I use the macro lens.

You should check out manual Nikon lenses.  Not sure about D3100 compatibility, but on mine I can use anything that has a Nikon mount, so all the old F-mount lenses work just fine.  You have to use the fully manual setting, which for me means a lot of test shots while I fiddle with aperture and exposure, but it's a lot of fun once it's dialed in correctly.  Just don't forget to set white balance using a sheet of paper or something, auto white balance doesn't work very well with older glass.

The best part is the price to play; old lenses go for pennies on eBay, I've gotten several for the price of shipping plus a dollar.  Pawn shops are eager to move old lenses out of their display cases, usually for ten bucks or so.  My local camera shop has a case of old camera lenses, and I've bought quite a few of the old Nikon Micro lenses from them - no one is interested in them since they think they're just for film cameras.

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Re: Keycap & Keyboard Photography
« Reply #206 on: Wed, 05 March 2014, 09:49:09 »
played around with my new 100mm lens on a cloudy day

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Re: Keycap & Keyboard Photography
« Reply #207 on: Fri, 07 March 2014, 18:42:37 »
SP's "Cherry Replica" set (not my keyboard)

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Re: Keycap & Keyboard Photography
« Reply #208 on: Sat, 08 March 2014, 21:21:23 »
Maybe not the most interesting shot, but I kind of like it.



played around with my new 100mm lens on a cloudy day

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I like it  :thumb:

Maybe a tad bright, on the green/yellow keycap.

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Re: Keycap & Keyboard Photography
« Reply #209 on: Sat, 08 March 2014, 21:24:18 »
Maybe not the most interesting shot, but I kind of like it.
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This is a really cool shot! Is it a Model F PCB?
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Re: Keycap & Keyboard Photography
« Reply #210 on: Sat, 08 March 2014, 21:38:20 »
Maybe not the most interesting shot, but I kind of like it.
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This is a really cool shot! Is it a Model F PCB?
Thank you, yes it is, my kishsaver is in a million pieces right now.   :-\

Going through and deleting pictures from my computer, needed to upload these :)



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Re: Keycap & Keyboard Photography
« Reply #211 on: Sat, 08 March 2014, 21:58:49 »
Wow, that's some great lighting!
That red key in the middle of the 2nd picture looks a little over-exposed, I think the word is...
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Re: Keycap & Keyboard Photography
« Reply #212 on: Sat, 08 March 2014, 22:02:11 »
That's just the light hitting it. Nice photographs.
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Re: Keycap & Keyboard Photography
« Reply #213 on: Mon, 17 March 2014, 16:42:38 »
Though I'd take advantage of the nice fresh powder we got
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Re: Keycap & Keyboard Photography
« Reply #214 on: Mon, 17 March 2014, 18:29:53 »
After many, many shots today, I finally get a nice one! <3
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Re: Keycap & Keyboard Photography
« Reply #215 on: Mon, 17 March 2014, 18:50:06 »
Beautiful, Lastpilot!  Very nice shot!
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Re: Keycap & Keyboard Photography
« Reply #216 on: Mon, 17 March 2014, 18:51:50 »
After many, many shots today, I finally get a nice one! <3
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Wow, that color is awesome! Great pic.

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Re: Keycap & Keyboard Photography
« Reply #217 on: Mon, 17 March 2014, 18:57:26 »
After many, many shots today, I finally get a nice one! <3
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Well worth the time to take it :)
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Re: Keycap & Keyboard Photography
« Reply #218 on: Mon, 17 March 2014, 19:01:29 »
After many, many shots today, I finally get a nice one! <3
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I love the way the blue reflects on the case beneath it. Does that case belong to the board?

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« Reply #219 on: Mon, 17 March 2014, 22:22:06 »
Though I'd take advantage of the nice fresh powder we got
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I really like these keys! Good job, and nice use of a crap bag (I think).
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Re: Keycap & Keyboard Photography
« Reply #220 on: Mon, 17 March 2014, 22:37:08 »
@all thank you guys. It was a bit more than an hour of experimenting with different lighting setups xD

@nuclearsandwich Actually, it is my camera case. I do use a hard attache case for my keyboard but it's not as shiny lol.

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Re: Keycap & Keyboard Photography
« Reply #221 on: Tue, 18 March 2014, 21:49:53 »



everything looks so shiny and yellow  :))
I promise you it's crappy lighting!

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Re: Keycap & Keyboard Photography
« Reply #222 on: Wed, 19 March 2014, 00:52:31 »


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Re: Keycap & Keyboard Photography
« Reply #224 on: Wed, 19 March 2014, 01:40:26 »
After many, many shots today, I finally get a nice one! <3
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everything looks so shiny and yellow  :))
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:D So many beautiful metal keyboardsssssss <333 Makes me kind of wish I had one :P

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Keycap & Keyboard Photography
« Reply #225 on: Sun, 23 March 2014, 19:25:17 »
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Re: Keycap & Keyboard Photography
« Reply #226 on: Sun, 23 March 2014, 20:24:25 »
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Nice!

P.S Let me know if you wanna sell that PCB :))

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Re: Keycap & Keyboard Photography
« Reply #227 on: Thu, 27 March 2014, 16:42:47 »
I got to play around with a ring flash modifier, really nice light for macros:



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Re: Keycap & Keyboard Photography
« Reply #228 on: Thu, 27 March 2014, 17:23:32 »
I got to play around with a ring flash modifier, really nice light for macros:

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Dood.... Absolutely beautiful shots of beautiful keys. Wow. Saved.

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Re: Keycap & Keyboard Photography
« Reply #229 on: Thu, 27 March 2014, 17:24:30 »
I got to play around with a ring flash modifier, really nice light for macros:

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amazing. what is your setup like?

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« Reply #230 on: Thu, 27 March 2014, 17:27:24 »
I got to play around with a ring flash modifier, really nice light for macros:

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« Reply #231 on: Thu, 27 March 2014, 17:28:31 »
I got to play around with a ring flash modifier, really nice light for macros:

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amazing. what is your setup like?

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Re: Keycap & Keyboard Photography
« Reply #232 on: Thu, 27 March 2014, 17:33:44 »
I got to play around with a ring flash modifier, really nice light for macros:

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Looks really nice :D

I love that blue code key.


I just got done messing around a couple minutes ago.








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Re: Keycap & Keyboard Photography
« Reply #233 on: Thu, 27 March 2014, 17:40:07 »
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you took photos of your dyesubs! stunning bro, absolutely stunning

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« Reply #234 on: Thu, 27 March 2014, 18:16:07 »
There's some fantastic shots up there! :)
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Re: Keycap & Keyboard Photography
« Reply #235 on: Thu, 27 March 2014, 18:22:10 »
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Looks really nice :D

I love that blue code key.


I just got done messing around a couple minutes ago.

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Re: Keycap & Keyboard Photography
« Reply #236 on: Thu, 27 March 2014, 18:28:26 »
you took photos of your dyesubs! stunning bro, absolutely stunning

Thanks, glad you like them!

Although I'm not sure I did the dyesubs justice - I haven't even pulled them off the typewriter yet; they should look much better after soaking overnight in denture cleaner (Efferdent tabs works wonders on dirty PBT caps).
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Re: Keycap & Keyboard Photography
« Reply #237 on: Thu, 27 March 2014, 20:52:44 »
you took photos of your dyesubs! stunning bro, absolutely stunning

Thanks, glad you like them!

Although I'm not sure I did the dyesubs justice - I haven't even pulled them off the typewriter yet; they should look much better after soaking overnight in denture cleaner (Efferdent tabs works wonders on dirty PBT caps).

That first photo is absolutely out of the park amazing, and the second one of the dyesubs is great as well. Man I need a macro lens bad...




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« Reply #238 on: Thu, 27 March 2014, 22:17:24 »
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Awesome photos! :thumb: I wish my pics would come out even half as nice as yours!

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Re: Keycap & Keyboard Photography
« Reply #239 on: Thu, 27 March 2014, 23:07:38 »
I got to play around with a ring flash modifier, really nice light for macros:

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Looks really nice :D

I love that blue code key.


I just got done messing around a couple minutes ago.

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Dood. loving the colors on the top row of your 60% <3 Love'm.

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Re: Keycap & Keyboard Photography
« Reply #240 on: Thu, 27 March 2014, 23:13:19 »
I got to play around with a ring flash modifier, really nice light for macros:

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Looks really nice :D

I love that blue code key.


I just got done messing around a couple minutes ago.

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Dood. loving the colors on the top row of your 60% <3 Love'm.
Thanks :D

They made the grab bag worth it for me.

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Re: Keycap & Keyboard Photography
« Reply #241 on: Fri, 04 April 2014, 17:29:03 »
u can make any lens macro.buy adapter and just invert your regular lens and u will get a nice macro shot.
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Re: Keycap & Keyboard Photography
« Reply #242 on: Sat, 05 April 2014, 11:50:40 »
Yeah I got like a 10x zoom lens add on thing for my 18-55mm and it works pretty good. You just need stable hands and/or a tripod.
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Re: Keycap & Keyboard Photography
« Reply #243 on: Wed, 09 April 2014, 17:50:56 »
Picture kinda sucks but these are my favorite keycaps :)

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Re: Keycap & Keyboard Photography
« Reply #244 on: Wed, 09 April 2014, 17:54:39 »
Picture kinda sucks but these are my favorite keycaps :)
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That's a lovely combination of colors. :)

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Re: Keycap & Keyboard Photography
« Reply #245 on: Wed, 09 April 2014, 17:59:54 »
Picture kinda sucks but these are my favorite keycaps :)
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That's a lovely combination of colors. :)
Thanks, I really need a little lightbox or something though.  :p

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Re: Keycap & Keyboard Photography
« Reply #246 on: Wed, 09 April 2014, 18:08:56 »
Picture kinda sucks but these are my favorite keycaps :)
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That's a lovely combination of colors. :)
Thanks, I really need a little lightbox or something though.  :p

I guess people make their own, but I would need to buy a real camera first.  Instead I use either paper wrapped around a desk lamp, or this app on my iPad.  I'm guessing you have something better than my ghetto fabulous setup, though. :)

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Re: Keycap & Keyboard Photography
« Reply #247 on: Wed, 09 April 2014, 18:10:18 »
I got to play around with a ring flash modifier, really nice light for macros:

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Looks really nice :D

I love that blue code key.


I just got done messing around a couple minutes ago.

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What camera did you use?

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Re: Keycap & Keyboard Photography
« Reply #248 on: Wed, 09 April 2014, 18:50:23 »
Picture kinda sucks but these are my favorite keycaps :)
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That's a lovely combination of colors. :)
Thanks, I really need a little lightbox or something though.  :p

I guess people make their own, but I would need to buy a real camera first.  Instead I use either paper wrapped around a desk lamp, or this app on my iPad.  I'm guessing you have something better than my ghetto fabulous setup, though. :)
Well, I get ish done, I made a box already. Learning how to use it right now, pics soon I guess.  :p


I got to play around with a ring flash modifier, really nice light for macros:

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Looks really nice :D

I love that blue code key.


I just got done messing around a couple minutes ago.

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What camera did you use?
D3100

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Re: Keycap & Keyboard Photography
« Reply #249 on: Wed, 09 April 2014, 19:03:56 »
Here, not perfect but I just started using it.