video for website

Smallshop

KNIFE MAKER
I've been trying to get decent quality photos for my website. I have come to realize that a knife is one of the more difficult things to photograph...the slightest variation in perspective makes the shape look different than it really is...I'v noticed this with most of the home-brew pics on this site...usually a few pics from different angles and we know what a guys knife looks like...but I think our brains are gathering info from multiple pics to compile an understanding of the true shape of the blade/handle...

I don't have the time to put up multiple pics of a knife on a website and cannot afford the "good guys"...so I'm playing with video...I think when I get this "tuned" it will be a quick easy way to showcase a knife...


 

EdCaffreyMS

"The Montana Bladesmith"
Photography of knives is difficult......video of knives is INCREDIBLY difficult. I've done/do both, and can promise you that the videos on the web of knives (that doesn't look like poo) take twice as long to shoot/edit as photos.

Quality photos of knives requires a light box, quality daylight type lighting (5500k+) and at least a decent quality camera. It's not at all uncommon for me to spend 2-3 hours of setup and shooting photos to get 2-3 that I will use on the site.....and even then they get filtered through 2-3 various photo editing softwares. I gave up on video because of the amount of time and effort it consumes, not only to shoot, but again....to edit. If you think you can shoot a video and not edit it......not a wise idea.

Just a bit of advice from someone who's been selling knives for a long time...... whatever you use (photos or video), it has to be quality. If you choose to put up a "so-so" photo or video that's intended to sell your product......you just shot yourself in the foot.
 

Sean Jones

Well-Known Member
It looks good in the window. However if someone were to view it full screen or on YouTube it's a bit blurry. Also I think it might help if you had the tip of the knife in a downward position. Possibly 45 degrees or so. Just a thought. It might be something to play with. You might be able to change that in your editing software without having to re-shoot.

I think the speed is right and the flash off the knife adds a nice coolness factor.
 

KenH

Well-Known Member
I agree with everything Ed said - a light box is a MUST have for knife photos. Until I purchased this: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B005CX9S8A/ for $35 or so my knife photos were really bad. With a light box my photos (while still poor) and much improved. I forget who on this site recommended that light box but it does help lots.
 

Smallshop

KNIFE MAKER
Thanks for input guys!

That first vid was more a proof of concept...now I'll try for some quality. Wish me luck...lol.

One thing that makes setup easy is right now my knives are all the SAME...(well...as close as I can make them...) so a setup that I can swap knives in quickly will somewhat amortize the setup between however many knives I can vid in one go.

Also...just made a holder that grabs the blade a bit farther up...hiding the tip...for me anyways...makes it difficult to really see the blade profile.
 

Bruce McLeish

Well-Known Member
Hey Ted, why not hold the knife with a magnet on the underside of the blade? You know -one of those telescoping deals for picking up parts. Tha way , potential customers would be able to see the whole profile......and wonder " how did he do that?
 

EdCaffreyMS

"The Montana Bladesmith"
I'd recommend buying one of those cheapo battery operated turntables...... they come in all shapes and sizes, are cheap, and with a little acrylic stand, don't cover up any part(s) of your knife/knives.
 

Smallshop

KNIFE MAKER
Yes! That is a big help! He obviously has critical details to show...while my knife is small with subtle contours that I wish to show...I DO like the way he's turning it!!!

Gonna try it!
 
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