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Title: How to - Photography
Post by: fishmilkshake on October 14, 2010, 09:39:27 pm
Welcome to the Action Figure Blues "How to - Photography" thread. The purpose of this thread is to try and take the knowledge our forum members have regarding the above topic and share it with others.

The index below will be added to over time as different products, techniques, ideas, etc become available. If you'd like to have something added to the thread, then please contact the moderators for details and they will ensure it gets added to the index too.

INDEX - Photography


01          Basics (by Errex)

Title: Re: How to - Photography
Post by: Errex on February 14, 2011, 05:00:56 pm
Photography Basics.

Let's start with a list of equipment:

1.- A digital camera. The camera doesn't have to be state of the art. All it needs is a decent Macro function. Ideally, you'll also need a tripod, but as long as you find a way of keeping the camera steady it's not mandatory.

2.- White light lamps. Most desk lamps come with incandescent bulbs that produce yellow light instead of white, and even some fluorescent desk lamps of questionable quality give off light that is not really white. Unless you don't particularily care about color fidelity, it is advisable to replace these light bulbs with true white lamps.

3.- A background. Any action figure benefits from having a nice background to shoot it against, be it an elaborate diorama or simply a solid color. The materials most commonly used for plain backgrounds go from fabrics to sheets of heavy white paper. Experiment and see what works better for you.

The single piece of equipment that provides all of the above elements, is known as a Lightbox. A Lightbox can be either purchased as a set, or be homemade using materials you have available at home.

My own photo set up is rather crude compared to ready made sets, but it gets the work done for the time being.


The screen on top is translucent and it's purpose is to diffumiinate the light from the lamps so the shadows are not too stark.

Title: Re: How to - Photography
Post by: Scotty on February 14, 2011, 08:22:49 pm
Wow, Errex. Thanks for showing us your setup. Great to see how different people approach this.

I got my mini-tripod from eBay very cheaply and it works fine. I realllllllly need a new camera, but Christmas is a while away.  :'(

Title: Re: How to - Photography
Post by: fishmilkshake on February 14, 2011, 08:34:16 pm
I like it Errex. I've added you to the index on the first page too.

Title: Re: How to - Photography
Post by: FB on February 15, 2011, 05:21:26 am
Good one Errex and you prove the point well that you don't have to go ultra-fancy and buy all the high end gear to achieve really great pics.The proof in all the great pics in your Reviews.

As for Lamps,if you're using Fluorescent then go for Colour 84 or they can be referred to as Daylight Lamps.I actually use these to paint my stuff under as they are the most natural light to work under and bring out blemishes and not trick your eyes on your Paint Colour applications and they don't tire your eyes.

 Also Tri-phosphor fluorescent Lamps you have 4000k which is a natural daylight Colour,5000k is a tad yellow or 6000/6500k which produce the whitest light of all.Problem i find with the super white lights like these is they can wash out your pics a bit by just the sheer flood of whiteness[if that makes sense].

Dichroic Halogen Lamps are also a good,clean white light as well although they do generate a fair bit of heat.I use a Halogen on my Spray Booth light cause if you're working in thin coats then it brings up the evenness[?!?]of your Spray applications really well.
And i'm just looking into some new LEDs on the market i have discovered that can replace normal Lamps.Will let you know what they're like once i've had a play.