The beauty of guitars is something that has always captivated me. I love the fretboards. The intricate mechanical workings of bridges. How electric pickups look against wood. Even simple things like guitar strings wound around tuning posts. This article shares a selection of handheld macro photographs that attempt to capture the beauty of guitars. One thing is certain… my camera does these instruments far more justice, than does my ability to play them!
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The intersection of various body parts, inlaid details, frets and strings, show the complex nature of guitar construction.
The necks on some guitars are quite utilitarian in appearance with only position markers on the fretboard. Others have simple but elegant inlaid details.
The beauty of guitars can extend to very complex inlaid designs that run up the entire neck. In cases such as these, position markers give way to a bold graphic statement.
The bridge on a guitar reveals an array of springs and adjustment screws. The age of my instruments is visible in all of my photographs.
Electric guitars add pickups to the visual mix. To me, these add to the beauty of guitars.
I appreciate the craftsmanship of fine details that can be seen along the edges of pickguards and the body.
The upper bout of a guitar is where a number of elements come together. This area of an instrument often provides some wonderful photographic opportunities.
Changing my shooting angle helped to incorporate some gentle, curving body lines.
When photographing the beauty of guitars it is important to move the instruments around. This allows for the capture of a wider variety of angles. In addition, available light can be better utilized. It also enables more comfortable camera positions when shooting handheld.
The beauty of guitars can be seen in small details like tuning pegs. Complimentary light can add some drama and subject separation.
Even a single steel guitar string wrapped around a tuning post can generate an interesting photograph.
Photographs were captured handheld using camera gear as noted in the EXIF data. All images were produced from out-of-camera jpegs produced by the in-camera focus stacking function of the Olympus OM-D E-M1X. All images were adjusted in post.
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