Small miracles: Negative display photography

Taking a picture of an LCD display is challenging and it turn to a nightmare when it's a negative display. I usually have to juggle both watch and camera to find the one angle at which the display doesn't appear like a murky black slate, but today I decided to cheat amd use a polarizing filter which made everything easy, or to be more honest: a bit easier.

It's still not easy peasy because I have to hold the camera and rotate the filter until I find the best contrast, and then I have to be careful not to move too much. It's also a good tool to use when dealing with too much reflection bouncing from sapphire crystals.

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I wish that in real life the screen would "pop" like it does in this picture taken under artificial light. It sometime does but somehow it's never when I have to read the time in a hurry.

I could naturally decide to wear a different watch today and that would solve the problem of legibility, but I like my GM-S5600. It's really the only option there is if I want to wear a small square G-Shock that is still a true G-Shock and the GM-S5600 is basically a scaled down version of the DW-5600E, clad in shinny metal that is starting to show some serious scratches.

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Thanks for the filter tip! I have only one negative display watch and I have never taken a picture of it.

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Looks nice. 

Mine is pretty visible under most lighting conditions but I still have to angle it sometimes. Still not as good as a positive display. I think the glass not having AR coating hurts the negative displays the worst. 

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CitizenKale

Looks nice. 

Mine is pretty visible under most lighting conditions but I still have to angle it sometimes. Still not as good as a positive display. I think the glass not having AR coating hurts the negative displays the worst. 

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Ah, but this is one of the newer MIP displays that are highly legible. I wish that all G-Shocks used this technology.

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Catskinner

Ah, but this is one of the newer MIP displays that are highly legible. I wish that all G-Shocks used this technology.

Yeah they really need more models with this. 

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I’ve used my polarised sunnies to take pics of my watches a few times. It usually helps to knock out the unwanted glare.