this is 2 off camera flashes fired through white umbrellas, but the same can be achieved with drop lights or bright lamps etc... and put a peice of construction paper in front or white pillow case...something to diffuse the light
I needed these tips. I see all these really nice looking photos and have a damn good camera, but my pictures end up looking like a 5th grader took them. On second thought, I've seen some kids that take better pictures than me. So natural light is one of the secrets.
I am not a photographer, and have not taken any quality gun pictures, but I have taken some really good pictures of pool cues. I use a 8mp camera on a tripod, and only do it outside on a sunny day but not in direct sunlight. My house conveniently blocks the sun in the late afternoon from my back deck, which makes a great place to take pics from.
i actually suck, quite bad still.....but i'm working. the range just sucks for lighting because, while it looks very bright under the roof, the lighting is completely screwed up and much dimmer than the eye thinks
There is a ton more to shooting good pics of anything......besides having good equipment. You can buy a DSLR camera and a $1000 lens, and still take crappy pictures. Just go look at the photography forums online.....you'll find plenty of examples. Lunchbox covered most of the keys.....you need good lighting, and a good general background/scene for the gun itself. There are plenty of things to make your gun pictures standout....many different ways to shoot a picture. Its going to be more on your own taste and preferences though. Here are a couple pictures of my guns, to show what I prefer......
Sometimes firearms in action make for great photos too. This is my Mosin Nagant M44, being shot around 5pm in the summertime.....still tons of light left out.