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Author Topic: Amateur Yo-Yo Photography  (Read 127722 times)
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« Reply #630 on: April 08, 2015, 08:26:10 AM »

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« Reply #631 on: April 18, 2015, 08:08:21 AM »

I've always wondered where you guys think the focus of the photograph of a yo-yo should be. Because when photographing people you focus on the eyes (generally speaking, of course), so I was wondering if you guys think that there is some proper place to focus when photographing yo-yos.

Perhaps the hub?
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« Reply #632 on: April 18, 2015, 08:13:06 AM »

I find that if you focus on the hub, then the rim is slightly out of focus and vice versa. So I try to focus on the wall of the cup about halfway between the hub and the rim. For profile shots, the concept is the same. Rather than focusing on the bearing or the rim, I focus on the catch zone halfway between the bearing and the rim.
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« Reply #633 on: April 18, 2015, 08:16:46 AM »

I find that if you focus on the hub, then the rim is slightly out of focus and vice versa. So I try to focus on the wall of the cup about halfway between the hub and the rim. For profile shots, the concept is the same. Rather than focusing on the bearing or the rim, I focus on the catch zone halfway between the bearing and the rim.
Interesting. I'll try that. I have noticed that it doesn't look quite right when I focus on the hub or the rim, the same thing goes for the profile.
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« Reply #634 on: April 18, 2015, 08:21:31 AM »

Interesting. I'll try that. I have noticed that it doesn't look quite right when I focus on the hub or the rim, the same thing goes for the profile.

Cool, let me know how it works out.
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« Reply #635 on: April 18, 2015, 10:49:01 PM »

Unless there's something I want to draw attention to, I set a larger depth of field and focus on the closest point of the yoyo. This means the whole thing is in focus. You can set a tiny aperture if you're using a tripod, resulting in sharp photos of the whole yoyo.

If you don't have a manual mode on the camera (it's a phone or a point and click) just make sure there's heaps of light. The camera will automatically back off on the aperture in order to not blow out the photo. It's hard to get depth of field with those kinds of cameras anyhow. Then just focus on whatever the autofocus wants to grab (usually the front).

Back to the first scenario, though... the only time to do hub in focus, front of rims out of focus is when you specifically want to draw attention to the engraving or hub features. Otherwise it just makes the whole photo kinda weird in my opinion. When in doubt, focus on the front.
 
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« Reply #636 on: April 19, 2015, 07:57:39 AM »

Figured I'll pop these in here, took them the other day. Smiley






I'm not a particularly active photographer, but it's good fun here and there. Smiley
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« Reply #637 on: April 21, 2015, 12:26:32 PM »

Figured I'll pop these in here, took them the other day. Smiley






I'm not a particularly active photographer, but it's good fun here and there. Smiley


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« Reply #638 on: May 01, 2015, 08:26:15 AM »

Turning point Houska and RA yoyo's Chuppacabrah I have no idea how to spell that. Just got these in a trade last night both of these for my OD Valor

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« Reply #639 on: May 02, 2015, 12:11:21 PM »

I need to post some stuff on here. It has been way to long.
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« Reply #640 on: May 03, 2015, 12:01:59 AM »

Wow I forgot to attach the photo LOL

I'll have to try and rmember that later. Don't have the file on me right now
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« Reply #641 on: June 16, 2015, 01:33:55 PM »

Natural soft light... i.e. kinda dark...  Smiley




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« Reply #642 on: June 17, 2015, 11:23:51 AM »

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« Reply #643 on: June 19, 2015, 10:16:33 PM »

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« Reply #644 on: June 19, 2015, 11:43:34 PM »

^ That wood version photographs so nicely.  Great natural light on that shot.
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