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    Hey all!

    I have launched my new website if anyone cares to visit www.moonrisegeckos.com

    I am not selling anything yet, but I did want to get some input on photography for the site before I do. I can't afford a fancy setup so I've been using photo software to "highlight" and remove the gray from the white background. This really gives a "true" color in my opinion as I compare the actual gecko to the photo. Is there anything inherently wrong with this practice? Thoughts? Opinions? Thanks!

    Here's an example:

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    Wow, really good!

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    why not improve the lighting in the original shot instead?

    i dont think there would be much problem as long as you stated clearly what has been done to the photo.

    id be careful though...
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    IMO I think it would be a bad practice. A big name breeder recently fell into some troubles on Fauna Classifieds because of this. Try getting better lighting like Compound said. What might look like actual representation on your computer might come out looking like a flourescent gecko on someone elses.
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    Like the others said, it can be a touchy thing to practice. What kind of setup are you using now? You can make a cheap lightbox for about $20-25 or so, which could really help you capture the proper colors.

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    I have been wondering about light boxes... how do you all makes those? Are most home made? Or are they purchased somewhere?

    Thanks in advance for any info!
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    Here's a link to a very cheaply-made one.

    And another Really, just try googling "home-made lightbox" or something similar until you find something that's feasible for you to make. They're not too hard.

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    Thanks--I will look into that. I also saw the thread on BOI and it got me thinking. Thanks for the input!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jennsen View Post
    I have been wondering about light boxes... how do you all makes those? Are most home made? Or are they purchased somewhere

    Thanks in advance for any info!
    I bought my light box on ebay for $20 plus shipping.


    I dont think the way you are doctoring photos is bad IF the final photo looks like the actual gecko. It looks like you are just brightening the picture.
    If someone is doing it to make the gecko look better than it actually is for an easier sale then it would be wrong.

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    I have no problem with doctoring a photo if it is going to be used artistically or in fun (ie.- turing your crested into a 70's-style poster, adding a cape to a "Batman" crestie, or something funkified like that).

    HOWEVER, playing with photos of stock that is for sale, your breeders (trying to look like you have something you don't), or photos that are used for informational purposes (unless it is used to highlight a specific trait [ie- circle the pores on a male for information on sexing]) is a HUGE no-no in my book.
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