I have had a lot of people ask me. ”Brent where do you get your photos from?”. I tell them I take them myself. They say: ”but they look so professional” and I say “thank you”. Some even ask “what camera do you use” and I say “the one I have with me at the time” Then they say “WTF?”
Yes, sometimes photos aren’t about the camera at all. You can have the most mega pixels in the world but if you don’t know how to light your subject then what is really the sense?
Here is my rude set up below but it took this great “product” photo in the top photo of this post. I will go into more detail below the photo on how to set this up.
Yes the lights are aimed at the ceiling to bounce the light down and give it a nice gradient soft light!
I do product photography for 1/4 of my full time job. In my job I deal with a lot of goods that are packaged and have shiny, reflective surfaces to them. I need to have photographs with no glare or anything on the product. I bounce the lights off the white ceiling and the light comes down nice and soft on the subject (which is a DK NES Cart illustrated above) and I use Seem-less paper (buy Seem-less paper here) with a transition on it for the base and background. I use a C-stand (buy c-stand here) to hold the paper up. A cheap folding table (you probably have around the house) and two Florescent Soft box lights (buy lights here) The results come out great and I am only using an iphone 4s to take the photos too I could use my other camera but I like to show people what you can do with proper indirect lighting.
I used the lights different than usual to get rid of the shadow. This makes the subject easy to cut out of the white background and give it no shadows at all. If I want to give it a little depth I move the left light more to the right or sometime just shut it off completely. Like other photos I have taken before see Facebook @ www.facebook.com/extendedplayarcade
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With all the hoop-la of all the new/next gen consoles coming out. Xbox one (which didn’t we already have an xbox one?) with its target audience being “the whole center of your entertainment” and not being really geared towards the core gamer or even just gamer in general. We have the PS4 (love sony’s console marketing names LOL) with a new attempt to just follow more trends than actually set any themselves. We already have the Wii U which is a total flop right now and sales and new games are hard to be found. Well with all that being said. The Next Gen “flop” is growing the Retro Gaming community even more. More and more People today are looking back on their childhood. Even when it comes to toys. With a spike in collectibles such as Star Wars figures, He-man, My little Bro-ny, to name a few. Retro Console and game prices are not any different. I been slowly collecting and at some points didn’t even know I was collection (wife says hording) console games and consoles for over 3 decades. I still even have my original C64 which is pictured at the top of the screen. I also have my original in box Intellivision, NES, Sega Genesis to name a few. Every Retro collector has to have an Atari 2600 which (in my opinion) started it all. Yeah yeah yeah the hard cores will say it was Pong but seriously it wasn’t believe you me.
As arcades of 1980′s are dead along with their business models. A few have taken it to heart in hopes to re-live their passion for the video gaming they new as a kid. Places like Funspot still hold onto a lot of memories but it is more of a hybrid of a video gaming place and redemption games (I don’t blame them one bit, it is what people want and they supply the demand). They still have a Retro Gaming room that still holds true to this day as an Amazing Arcade Classic Museum. It totally gets my double thumbs up of approval for anyone any age! You must go there at least once in your life!
Even Seaside (Park or Heights), New Jersey has transformed into a Redemption game mecca! I grew up in that area and lived in Seaside Park (the nicer of the two) for awhile. I also worked on the boardwalk as a kid and spent my lunch hours pumping quarters into new pinball machines and video arcade machines. After the area this past year (fall 2012) has been devastated by Hurricane/hybrid/superstorm Sandy. Even more and more of these arcade machine video games have been destroyed and probably will never be replaced. It is just completely heartbreaking. With all that being said the Business model in the “Arcade” world had to change. It is more of a Dave and Buster’s type of deal which is basically a modified version of Chuck y Cheese for adults that want to get drunk. They even have a place or Had a place in Seaside Heights, NJ called “Captain Hooks”. Don’t get me wrong I am no prude and have enjoyed a few times at D&B but the more and more I hear about it. The more it is just a bunch of 20 and 30 year olds shooting hoops at a record pace and getting tickets for some sort of something. It just isn’t what it was like growing up at an “Arcade” A handful (and i am sure there are more) have adapted to that same Business model to help keep their passion for Classic Arcade machines alive. Places like Barcade, Yestercade, 1up to name a few. Sell alcohol to make a profit and give the arcade gaming away to drawn in business. Nice and simple model that seems to work well. The only issue with that is. You need to do what the Arcade did in the past. GET NEW GAMES IN… Well seeing there hasn’t been a new Classic Arcade game made in Decades (unless you are the over the top Extreme being like Richie Knucklez and his “Wreck it Ralph” arcade Machine Build see photo here) You are just going to have to rely on the nostalgic feel of old games and cycle them in and cycle them out to keep customers actually interested. Because there is a reason why the arcades died… peopled got bored with them…
With all that being said. Is this where the Console gaming industry is headed? I mean if you look back on the History of the Arcade machine… The console industry bounced back from the disaster but I believe it is headed in that direction again. It might open the doors for a new competitor Ummm Well looks like I’ll just be plugging in my C64 and bringing back those good old memories…
After trolling ebay for some games. I found this great ebay listing from @ Digital Press Videogames I got all these for like 12 bucks or so complete in box with manuals. Some even have the original unused posters in them. Score! I know not everyone thinks sports games are worth collecting but I remember playing all of these as a kid (well teens) and LOVE UM! Thanks to Digital Press for letting me pick up my 10 items on my way home from work to save me on shipping. Double Score! Love that place! visit their website http://www.digitpress.com/
I saw a review of this on Classic Game Room and thought to myself. “Wow I remember this game! Now do I have it?” The answer was “Yes”… I loved this game as a youngster. I really dug the plane part of the game. Triple Action actually includes three separate games—racing, tank combat and flying—where two players compete against each other for the best score.. Obviously not the first to game to bundle three games in one but it is definitely one of the better ones for the time (1981 to be exact!) The biggest flaw of this game is. YOU NEED 2 Players! Which back in 1981 wasn’t a big deal because everyone wanted to play Atari 2600 or Intellivision. Now in 2013 (THE FUTURE) not so much.. You will have a difficult time even forcing your kids to play this game. (try bribing them with lots and lots of candy).
My only suggestion is to have a “Retro Themed 80′s Gaming party” You might be able to trick people into playing this game if they are drinking “Pepsi Free” and eating “Pizza hut” pizza. Just a thought… Just saying…
Well anyways if you can actually find a friend or force your kids to join ya for a game. It is definitely one of those games you and the whole family can enjoy for a whole 5 minutes =)
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Congrats to Nolan Bushnell and Ted Dabney! 40 years later. I wish I still had that original home console pong machine. It didn’t make it from one of the moves as a kid but I still own two Atari 2600. The original model and the Sears model. Great stuff. Still works to this day. They don’t build um like they use to.
Keith Apicary is in an official Flo Rida music video for his brand new song Let It Roll. Check it out above. This video is no joke. Keith is a Retro gaming god! Check out his documentary that is coming out soon. Follow Keith on facebook click here Watch some of his work click here. Big ups for getting the Classic gaming community heard! I wonder who is next? Walter Day the new host of the Price is Rite? Billy Mitchell in a Godsmack music video? Steve Wiebe in the next Spiderman Movie? Hank Chien the King of Kong (oh wait he is the current King of Kong) The possibilities are endless!
Sega Genesis Control Pad complete in box! To me this always look like something “Batman” would us. What a great controller. It broke free from the boxy controllers in the consoles a generation before the Genesis. The curved bottom even gave it a nice grip =)
“Mega Drive controllers are notable for being one of the first control pads to be ergonomically designed for the user’s hands. Though improvements were made in the coming years, previous systems had cornered edges with their controllers, meaning they were often uncomfortable to hold after several hours of play. The Mega Drive controller is rounded, and has its buttons placed in easier to reach positions.”
I totally agree. I notice even the consoles of today such as Xbox 360, PS3 and even the Pro Wii U controller have that kind of style today. You can actually still buy this controller today. Click here to see prices but I am sure they are all used and not as in mint condition as the one I am lucky to own =)
Check out the link above from Record Setters for full article. Also make sure you Click the Arrow button UP! To help him get more exposure!
I watched the live feed around the 1st hour and it was awesome. Ed was on and talking to everyone that came into the chat room. It felt like I was right there in his living room. Who would of known that a Thunderstorm would be the “kill screen” 56.50 hours later. Still with Mother Nature against him. Record Setters claimed Ed’s action as the “Longest Attempt At A World Record Cut Short By An Act Of Nature”
Pretty awesome stuff in my book. Great stuff and Congratulations to Ed Heemskerk on the Qbert World Record.