I've done several bird mounts and taken photos of them. The pics never look as good as the mount itself. I have a good camera so, I know that is not the problem. I've been using a flash, maybe thats the problem? Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated,
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My camera is a lier jason, because i have the same problem. My customers all tell me my work is very good and they all have gone stuffer shopping to compare work.
I use a 35mm Nikon with flash and the camera doesn't capture the image as my eye does. I did a shoulder mount of a mule deer for a professional photographer and i saw the photo he took and framed of the deer and it looked great.
I'll leave the photography to the photographers!
Try taking the photos outside. Use a plain background. Take them in the morning or evening(best light). Don't take them in direct sunlight. Try not to use your flash. A flash indoors can really wash out the colors. I'm not sure what kind of camera you have but if you have the manual settings try bracketing your shots-one f stop above and below what your meter says. Take the photo that your light meter says than take one above and below. One will be good. I'm sure there will be more suggestions. There are many variables that I'm not sure are applicable to your situation so..... Good luck
I take alot of photography for work and know a little bit about cameras, however when it comes to photographing my birds, I have the same problem you guys are having. On E-Bay there is a guy, Todd Huffman("Birdman"). The pictures of this guys work is outstanding. I called him once to ask who does his photography. He does it himself. He has a nice digital camera and uses the appropriate lighting. Don't ask me what that lighting is because I have no clue. I did try a good digital camera and the last pictures I took of a mallard group mount turned out pretty nice. I used a white wall background and flash. Check them out my section of the taxidermist I do work for. Notice the difference between his photography and the pics I took. The pics I took still don't hold a candle to the work. http://goldleaftaxidermy.hypermart.net/Birds/birds.html
I believe Huffman Mammal Taxidermy is related to the bird master I am reffering to above. Check out their photos.
There is no substitute for natural lighting especially when it comes to us amateur photographers. A slightly overcast day is best so you don't get any major reflections off your subject. And bracket your light meter, 3 photos should be plenty to get a good one. If you're using an autofocus make sure your subject is in the center. And, if you have any type of backdrop make sure it doesn't have any texture. A lot of autofocus cameras focus off of texture in the center of the frame. Most good cameras have override settings so that you can focus manually or auto focus on something off-center but you're going to have to read your manual if you want to get that advanced...
Jim McHale, "Jimmy Juice" is retired from the photo business. Jim spent years shooting food for Krogers, Safeway and others, as well as a lot of hardware products and not a few gorgeous women.
He accompanied me on a number of safaris and never ceases to amaze me with his camera knowledge. He is very active in the shooting sports and will take time to help you, if he can. He shot most of my sculpture pics for our catalogues and publicty.
Basically amateurs (myself included) use single light sources, and have little knowledge of exposure time and effects. Jimmy is a magician, you can tell him I said that. Multiple light sources, to include mylar reflects under subject and....oh.......heck....ask Jim, I am sure he will help.