Dr. Pabst's photos are in an entirely different league than mine...July 10 2003 at 11:16 PM
ThomasM (Premier Login thepurist178)
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Response to Photos - Question for Thomas P & M
but I am flattered to be mentioned in the same post.
I tend to be a "purist" with my photos - I almost always use natural light (which limits my watch taking time to about 2 and a half hours in the morning, given where I "set up" in my residence) and use minimal amounts of software touchup, except for cropping and sizing.
Basically, I use a Sony DSC-P1 for my quick and dirty shots, and a Sony F505 (first generation) with macro and ultra wide (not fisheye) lens attachments for my "serious" shots. All my optics are Zeiss or Leitz except for my polarizing filter, which is Tiffen.
For me, the key to a great watch photo is lighting - how much, what angles, and the quality of the light. This is the root of nearly all other considerations - depth of field, color saturation, grain, focus plane, digital artifacts.
I do suggest (because I am guilty of missing this point myself all too frequently) paying some attention to the background - does it complement or take attention away from the main subject? Do the colors work? textures?