Amateur Yo-Yo Photography


Removed my photo, really diggin that one posted by BokehJeremy!

After thinkin about it why not, first time photographing anything like this. Weather has been really lame here in south Texas, cold and rainy so I setup some stuff in the room the other night.

#622 by The TotalArtist, on Flickr


I really need to get my new camera soon. I just hate carrying around my dslr everywhere.


Bang Bang…

Pocket Cannon and KLR…

by Jeremy Oh!, on Flickr


Some BVM
by Jeremy Oh!, on Flickr

(Erik Kerber ) #627

Nice lookin pic there


Just a quick picture of my collection!


This needs a bump

(Erik Kerber ) #630

No way! I haven’t seen you in forever. Anyways nice pic of those 2 Diamond backs

({RTD} alecto) #631 by Alecto42, on Flickr

(Owen) #632

I’ve always wondered where you guys think the focus of the photograph of a yo-yo should be. Because when photographing people you focus on the eyes (generally speaking, of course), so I was wondering if you guys think that there is some proper place to focus when photographing yo-yos.

Perhaps the hub?


I find that if you focus on the hub, then the rim is slightly out of focus and vice versa. So I try to focus on the wall of the cup about halfway between the hub and the rim. For profile shots, the concept is the same. Rather than focusing on the bearing or the rim, I focus on the catch zone halfway between the bearing and the rim.

(Owen) #634

Interesting. I’ll try that. I have noticed that it doesn’t look quite right when I focus on the hub or the rim, the same thing goes for the profile.


Cool, let me know how it works out.


Unless there’s something I want to draw attention to, I set a larger depth of field and focus on the closest point of the yoyo. This means the whole thing is in focus. You can set a tiny aperture if you’re using a tripod, resulting in sharp photos of the whole yoyo.

If you don’t have a manual mode on the camera (it’s a phone or a point and click) just make sure there’s heaps of light. The camera will automatically back off on the aperture in order to not blow out the photo. It’s hard to get depth of field with those kinds of cameras anyhow. Then just focus on whatever the autofocus wants to grab (usually the front).

Back to the first scenario, though… the only time to do hub in focus, front of rims out of focus is when you specifically want to draw attention to the engraving or hub features. Otherwise it just makes the whole photo kinda weird in my opinion. When in doubt, focus on the front.


Figured I’ll pop these in here, took them the other day. :slight_smile:

I’m not a particularly active photographer, but it’s good fun here and there. :slight_smile:

(Erik Kerber ) #638


(Erik Kerber ) #639

Turning point Houska and RA yoyo’s Chuppacabrah I have no idea how to spell that. Just got these in a trade last night both of these for my OD Valor

I’m pretty happy with this trade


I need to post some stuff on here. It has been way to long.