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New Photography Equipment!

Hello MFC!

So over the past month I've been taking a lot of photos of my figures. A LOT.

So far I've had to make do with a video camera that takes excellent video while capturing sub par stills, and natural lighting (waiting for the sun to come out and using the optimal time of 12-4pm). Not ideal.

I've looked at a few DIY tutorials for light boxes and other figure photography methods but didn't really want to have to spend a bunch on new full size study lamps and cool white bulbs. Not to mention having a bunch of large boxes laying around my tiny 3mx3m space.

My father and ally in online purchases listened to my complaints and checked online to see what sort of other options I had. Amazingly enough on eBay we found a heap of cheap lighting equipment. For $40-60 Australian dollars (less 20% for you Americans add two zeros on the end for Japanese yen) I could get two stands, two bright cool white bulbs, attachments, and 2-4 umbrellas to clip on to the attachment section in either reflective, translucent white, or both. So I bought one (which came with two of each kind of umbrella).
They're not professional grade, high quality equipment (duh, it was dirt cheap of course it's not) but it is more than suitable for my amateur use.

Expecting them to arrive today or tomorrow I borrowed my friend's (really expensive) good quality camera.
Here's some examples of the result of the combination of both good lighting and good camera.


http://s1.tsuki-board.net/image/600/Drkvixn911426134975.jpeg

http://s1.tsuki-board.net/image/600/Drkvixn911426134816.jpeg

http://s1.tsuki-board.net/image/600/Drkvixn911426134558.jpeg

http://s1.tsuki-board.net/image/600/Drkvixn911426135933.jpeg

http://s1.tsuki-board.net/image/600/Drkvixn911426135931.jpeg

http://s1.tsuki-board.net/image/600/Drkvixn911426135927.jpeg


As opposed to...


http://s1.tsuki-board.net/image/600/Drkvixn911425453067.jpeg

http://s1.tsuki-board.net/image/600/Drkvixn911425452985.jpeg

http://s1.tsuki-board.net/image/600/Drkvixn911422749930.jpeg

http://s1.tsuki-board.net/image/600/Drkvixn911425969967.jpeg

http://s1.tsuki-board.net/image/600/Drkvixn911425451439.jpeg


That's a big difference. Shame I'll have to return the camera...
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    Hey man. I'm happy for your purchase of equip! Awesome! Tho, I'm interested in what camera you, yourself have? Not the Canon you borrowed? Cause mirrorless shooters is really gaining foothold in the starters areas. (As big sensors as DSLRs and a huge range of settings options + interchangeable lenses!) They come a bit cheaper and you can shoot approx the same sexy images. No matter what, you need to get rid of the noise on the images with lower ISO and such.. But you know.. I would just like to give you the Sony NEX and Alpha line. Those are some really, really good starter shooters. Most of them shoot 1080p video also so.. I would really recommend them as starter cams. DSLRs are nice and all and I have one myself, but that was in another era where that was the thing to get also for amteurs. But they are not all the rage for beginners anymore since the mirrorless has gotten so good. Anyways, here: store.sony.com/...

    I really like your images and you should look into the ISO and light intake to get those super crisp images without the noise. :)

    Once again, grats on your equip purchase! :)
    2 years ago
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    I'll be getting my camera this saturday or beginning of next week ... finally be able to take pictures than.
    My camera itself will already cost (for me) enough so hopefully I don't need to much extra lighting to get some decent pictures of course if you want to use shading and such it'll be another story.
    2 years ago
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    Drkvixn91 (2 years ago) #2791667I'll try to remember to borrow a book on photography for beginners. XD And maybe an online guide to the camera itself.
    i.imgur.com/4za...

    Take only 30sec in Preview (OS X). Can't do barrel-distortion and chromatic abberation correction
    And please if you use Photoshop don't remove EXIF information.
    2 years ago
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    Katto (2 years ago) #2791774I recommend the Photo Nuts series by Neil Creek :) He's an Australian photographer and is a pretty good teacher. The books are digital and pretty cheap imo
    Sounds promising. I'll check it out. =)
    2 years ago
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    KattoSHSLlv30 SHSL Magical Girl
    Drkvixn91 (2 years ago) #2791667I'll try to remember to borrow a book on photography for beginners. XD And maybe an online guide to the camera itself.I recommend the Photo Nuts series by Neil Creek :) He's an Australian photographer and is a pretty good teacher. The books are digital and pretty cheap imo
    2 years ago
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    DonkeyBlonkey (2 years ago) #2791622What kind of camera did your friend lend you.
    And the photos could use a little more exposure

    I'll try to remember to borrow a book on photography for beginners. XD And maybe an online guide to the camera itself.
    2 years ago
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    DonkeyBlonkey (2 years ago) #2791643Ah same one I have.
    I thought by really expensive you were talking about the 5D Mark II or III lol

    Lol not so expensive I guess, but significantly more expensive than what I have been working with.
    2 years ago
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    ponnie (2 years ago) #2791627It would be even better to process the quality images to bring out the colors and lights/shadows in the pictures. Even the most expensive digital equipment requires basic post-processing of images unless you really go pro with set-up and lighting.
    For example, in your fresh pics you could fix the white balance so that the white of the backgroud was really white. You can't imagine how flexible RAW-images are when it comes to procesing. However, be careful with colors because uncalibrated monitors tend to not be objective with colors and what you see is not really what you get. There are specialists who calibrate monitors for a humble fee but you can also find a manual and do it yourself if you have a right tool.
    P.S. Lightroom is probably the most powerful tool for image post-processing :3

    Yeaaahhh... I live at home and am working in my bedroom (the only space I have to work with) which I tetris-ed furniture into, using the top of my tallboy as the "set". >,> The computer I can work with but there's little more I can do with my actual space.
    2 years ago
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    StephieHerbert (2 years ago) #2791558Very nice!
    My nicer camera keeps getting some sort of lens error when I zoom so I've switched to using my phone. I'm a really poor photographer anyway though.
    Your pictures look great. I'd love to see a picture of your set up too. Even if I got the proper equipment, I wouldn't know what to do with it. They have those folding light boxes too that help save space.

    I'll try to remember to get a shot of that when I take some more tomorrow. =)
    2 years ago
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    Rapture_Shadow (2 years ago) #2791640It's a Cannon EOS 600D DSLR.Ah same one I have.

    I thought by really expensive you were talking about the 5D Mark II or III lol
    2 years ago
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