How I Shoot Porn [Starring Gorilla Glue]

23 days ago


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Hello Stoners!

So a few of you out there in Smokland asked if I could share a little bit
about how I get my pictures? That it must cost a shit ton for the equipment
and such. Well I can assure you, the equipment that I use most of you already
own, with the exception of a Walmart purchase. From the comments of the
last #acloserlook, it sounds like some of you already have that equipment as
well. Maybe it is just the pointers I will include that you need to learn, or rather have some exposure to.


AREA

The area you use to shoot your #nugporn should have some thought behind it. Not the thought of, 'This looks really dope!', more over the thought of space, and lighting.


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This is my shooting area for the most part, yha I know it's a fucking mess, this is my workbench. We can not have it in this condition for the porn, there is just too much clutter...


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There; this is much better. In my opinion, the clutter around the shooting area makes it a little more difficult to capture that crisp image. Each item you see in the first photo of the area, prior to it being cleaned away, emits light energy or think of it as glare to optics. As minimal as it is, if it isn't there, well it isn't there. As with the emitted light energies, objects also cast reflective energy. If we were shooting leaves or flower pedals, probably not such a big deal, but I'm shooting crystals, glass, spherically reflective, for what is worth. I'm sure there are real photographers out there that would say I'm full of shit. That's ok, this is how I shoot the porn, and why I do certain things the way I do.

Notice in my area now is a black board, along with a old cigar box and white plastic container. I can not emphasize it enough, !You can not get awesome nugporn holding the bud in your hand! There are too many things to trick the camera, from the lines of your prints to scabs, skin, dirt, differences in color tone. This is my stage and backdrop. When it is time to shoot, I will put my bud (props if using any) on center stage.


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Lighting

In this area of my house I have a workbench with a white top, this bench has a quad T12 florescent fixture above it with only 2 of the 4 40w Cool White bulbs burning. this fixture is approximately 4 ft above the working surface. For those interested in the lights.

Lighting means a lot, as with the area. Check out these differences when the lighting is altered...


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[This photo taken under normal yellowish tint lighting]


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[This photo taken under cool white lighting]

Both the above pictures were taken with no lens attached to the camera. Both those buds came from the same bag. The lighting is so important.

Even within the same lighting, the placement of the lighting has a drastic affect...


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[Light behind the camera]


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[Light in front-above the camera]


Lenses

First and foremost, cleanliness of the lenses is a must. The camera will blur with any smudges, and have a difficult time focusing if debris is present. Make sure your camera lenses are clean, if you use a phone like I do, make sure your case is clear over the camera. I personally shoot with a iPhone XS Max that is well protected inside a case with a camera cutout. I do not have to remove my phone to take these pictures...

My lenses cost me a whopping $6.99 USD at Walmart. Yep 7 bones, the price of a couple bowls. If you want to check them out on their website click here.


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Porn Shots

Take a lot of photos, I probably get around 40 pictures per post, even though I most likely use 10 or less. I pick the best 10.


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Just like in the industry, trim out the bad looking shit. Notice the unsightly stem in the next photo. It's gone in the subsequent photo. Doesn't that look much nicer? Feel free to take your time to get that perfect shot. Smoke will wait the 5 extra minutes for the post. As a matter of fact, I insist.


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Pay attention to, and use to your benefit, the focal point of the image. Look at the next 2 images, just panning the camera a little bit can change the feeling of the image to a looker.


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I also do a lot of cropping when the image is put on the computer. I make the majority of my pictures 700 pixels wide. The height varies depending on the crop. These are your photos, feel free to manipulate them!


Focus

Using the macro lens is a bit different. You need to get right up close to the bud. You also need to be sure your lens is centered to the camera lens. Look at the next 3 photos. The first 2 are wrong. Alignment is another one of those 'take the time to do it things'...


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The last picture was the best I could get it. The next thing about focus, it works like a magnifying glass. As you zoom in and out on the bud, you sometimes need to move the camera closer or further away to keep the right crisp focus. I do not use a tripod, but i have often wished I had one to use. I normally stabilize the shakes with a bowl and the bench top.

More Shots for ya...


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I guess my last, and maybe most important tip, put some text in you posts! Just seeing one liners with a photo get old fast.

Until next time, toe toe toke it up!


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I am looking at building a little photo box like you see on Wish for doing these shots 😎 after I realized how easy it is to set up a decent "studio" style shot and playing with angles I find the hardest to be the lighting ... always shoot in the dark with one light source seems to be my best bet and the light box I think will help get full light vs direct and bleeding out the colors!

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Lightboxes are nice, the downside is the containment of the box. Unless you get a nice sized box you can get into easily, I like to move the camera around the bud until I see that perfect look, then snap the photo. I suppose one could move the bud instead.

Our marketing guy uses a light box, mind you I can damn near climb into it, but the lighting is superb!

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I am making my unboxing table dual purpose, freezer box with board on top, cutting a hole in the side and top then putting in some white paper for light refraction ... yea it becomes a move the subject instead of the camera type thing but at least ill be able to set up a spot and leave it for next time ... currently the wifey gets pissed with me taking over the rolling area 🤣🤣🤣

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As she should, that’s sacred grounds.

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Everyone takes her side 😝 lol just wait till my next shipments of gear come in 🤣🤣🤣 my living room already looks like a hackers dungeon...

I been playing with my phone since you shared the what you are using and I have it and still can't get the photos I want from my phone, but I do get them from my camera so since my studio will be done soon, I will start taking them with my camera when it is done. It also could be the lighting in here as it sucks.

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I find a window with the sun beaming in at 9:15 am seems to be the best light.