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How do you take and edit your photos of your figures?How do you take and edit your photos of your figures?

kaityleekaitylee9 days agoAsk MFC
I've been really interested in trying to take photo shoots of the figures I have and am just curious about how everyone else does the same.

Do you buy backgrounds and accessories for photos? Did you buy a special kind of light? Or do you just whip out a camera and snap away? Do you use photoshop?

Probably really silly questions but I just want to see how everyone does their shoots:)
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1pt
kaitylee Kawaii Mistress
mashedpopoto (7 days ago) #57221231Nothing much else to add here that hasn’t already been said, but I’d like to reiterate the importance of lighting (and perhaps more importantly, understanding how light works and it’s different qualities).
Tier’s lighting guide over at his site is a great resource for this and I’d highly recommend going through all of his posts.
www.tentaclearm...
One more thing to note: your camera doesn’t matter! (As much as many would like to believe). The only reason to ever go out and buy a new camera is if your current one can’t achieve something you’re after.

Appreciate the article, I have been looking for something like this for a while so this helps a lot!
7 days ago
3pt
Nothing much else to add here that hasn’t already been said, but I’d like to reiterate the importance of lighting (and perhaps more importantly, understanding how light works and it’s different qualities).

Tier’s lighting guide over at his site is a great resource for this and I’d highly recommend going through all of his posts.

www.tentaclearm...

One more thing to note: your camera doesn’t matter! (As much as many would like to believe). The only reason to ever go out and buy a new camera is if your current one can’t achieve something you’re after.
7 days ago
2pt
kaitylee Kawaii Mistress
EXkurogane (8 days ago) #57172705I've written some photography tutorials over time, but my tutorials can get a bit too technical some times. As a starting point I'd suggest learning to set up good lighting if you plan on shooting indoors on your desk / in your own room. Here are some links that may help.
profile/EXkurog...
www.facebook.co...
www.facebook.co...
You can modify or use any kind of lights including table lamps, bulbs or LEDS and so on. But do take note that some cheap LEDs have a bluish tint that will ruin photos. And then you need to soften the light of the lamps you use with diffusers, which can be as simple as covering the lamp with a piece of tracing paper, or white cloth / tissue. And then there are indirect methods such as using reflective materials (aluminium foil, mirrors) to reflect a lamp or any light source onto the figure so that the lights don't look too intense.
Backgrounds are entirely up to your own preferences. You can buy them, you can make them on your own, you can shoot portrait style and have a plain or abstract background. And yes, I always edit my photos, to bring out the full potential of the photos. I shoot raw format on camera, and then edit them (making adjustments) in Adobe Lightroom or Photoshop.

I love your photography!
And thanks for all of those tips about lighting, I will definitely be experimenting for the next few days.
7 days ago
4pt
I've written some photography tutorials over time, but my tutorials can get a bit too technical some times. As a starting point I'd suggest learning to set up good lighting if you plan on shooting indoors on your desk / in your own room. Here are some links that may help.

profile/EXkurog...
www.facebook.co...
www.facebook.co...

You can modify or use any kind of lights including table lamps, bulbs or LEDS and so on. But do take note that some cheap LEDs have a bluish tint that will ruin photos. And then you need to soften the light of the lamps you use with diffusers, which can be as simple as covering the lamp with a piece of tracing paper, or white cloth / tissue. And then there are indirect methods such as using reflective materials (aluminium foil, mirrors) to reflect a lamp or any light source onto the figure so that the lights don't look too intense.

Backgrounds are entirely up to your own preferences. You can buy them, you can make them on your own, you can shoot portrait style and have a plain or abstract background. And yes, I always edit my photos, to bring out the full potential of the photos. I shoot raw format on camera, and then edit them (making adjustments) in Adobe Lightroom or Photoshop.
8 days ago
3pt
First things first, I try to take good pictures, but when you don't have a camera (only a tablet) and have two left hands...

My modus operandi is really basic: I put my figures in front of a white wall, with good enough natural lighting (since the room faces East, I do this in the afternoon, when there's no more direct sunlight), and that's all.
8 days ago
2pt
=.= I am a noob and I never capture what I imagine. All my photos end up shabby. LMAOL.
That aside, my weapons are Nikon Coolpix P900, Kodak PixPro SL25 and OPPO N1 (phone). Depending on the space constraints or other factors, I use one of them.
Recently I have graduated to using laser printouts on photopaper for the backgrounds and tiny accessories ( food, etc ) from aliexpress. That ended up being expensive though TT_TT. P.S My figures are 1/8, 1/7 and 1/6.

So I stick to onsen/hotspring themes. Easy to do, with blue gatorade and bowl of water + some
kind of floor and photoshop.
8 days ago
1pt
Background: I glued three squares of plywood together to make a diorama with two walls and a floor. I stick scrapbook paper to the walls, and glued popsicle sticks to more scrapbook paper to make floors. Since none of the walls/floors are permanent, it can be as many rooms as I want it to.

Props: Oh god. All the room I saved by making that diorama? Completely absorbed by dollhouse furniture in shoe boxes. I can't quit and I don't even want to. Every time I think I'm done, a new idea comes along that needs more furniture!
8 days ago
1pt
kaitylee Kawaii Mistress
Aimathyst (8 days ago) #57102942I primarily photograph Nendorids which I use DIY dioramas for! You can see them in my room sitting on a cart on the right-hand side in front of the window here:
https://static.myfigurecollection.net/image/Aimathyst1532823408.png
Here are my three differently themed dioramas as used in my photos:
https://static.myfigurecollection.net/image/Aimathyst1532753175.pnghttps://static.myfigurecollection.net/image/Aimathyst1533776617.png
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DSFrAjnXcAAa7aB.jpg
As for lighting, I just use the natural lighting that my room provides and then I edit them further in Photoshop and Lightroom to get the desired affect! I typically add effects like light particles and light leaks to add more color and texture. Here is a before and after comparison of my picture of Rem and Ram from above for example:
https://static.myfigurecollection.net/image/Aimathyst1555429367.jpeg
As for cameras, I use a Canon EOS Rebel T6i. I then edit my photos on my MacBook Pro with Photoshop and Lightroom as I mentioned above. I then export it to my phone and make further adjustments there before posting it on social media! I used to use my old iPhone camera for photos which honestly worked fine, and then I upgraded to a simple point and shoot camera, and more recently got a DSLR which has been working wonderfully for me.
And not to rudely self-promote myself, but if you are interested in seeing any of my other figure photos and before and after processes I post primarily on my Instagram: www.instagram.c... - I also have some uploaded on MFC as well!
This was a fun question to answer! I hope you find my answer to be helpful! :)

I found this extremely helpful and insightful! Thank you so much for the details, I'll def follow you on insta. I love your photos! ♡
8 days ago
9pt
Aimathyst TOM Affiliate
I primarily photograph Nendorids which I use DIY dioramas for! You can see them in my room sitting on a cart on the right-hand side in front of the window here:
https://static.myfigurecollection.net/image/Aimathyst1532823408.png

Here are my three differently themed dioramas as used in my photos:
https://static.myfigurecollection.net/image/Aimathyst1532753175.pnghttps://static.myfigurecollection.net/image/Aimathyst1533776617.png
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DSFrAjnXcAAa7aB.jpg

As for lighting, I just use the natural lighting that my room provides and then I edit them further in Photoshop and Lightroom to get the desired affect! I typically add effects like light particles and light leaks to add more color and texture. Here is a before and after comparison of my picture of Rem and Ram from above for example:
https://static.myfigurecollection.net/image/Aimathyst1555429367.jpeg

As for cameras, I use a Canon EOS Rebel T6i. I then edit my photos on my MacBook Pro with Photoshop and Lightroom as I mentioned above. I then export it to my phone and make further adjustments there before posting it on social media! I used to use my old iPhone camera for photos which honestly worked fine, and then I upgraded to a simple point and shoot camera, and more recently got a DSLR which has been working wonderfully for me.

And not to rudely self-promote myself, but if you are interested in seeing any of my other figure photos and before and after processes I post primarily on my Instagram: www.instagram.c... - I also have some uploaded on MFC as well!

This was a fun question to answer! I hope you find my answer to be helpful! :)
8 days ago
4pt
I think what you end up doing really depends on how much time and money you can / are willing to invest, and also what expectations you have for the outcome.
I know some (figure) photographers are totally in the hobby and just go crazy and build dioramas or travel to certain locations to take photos there. But not everyone has the time / money / motivation or lives in an area that offers unique photo locations.

So my advice would be, especially if you're just starting out, to be modest with your goals and try to experiment with the stuff you already got.
For example for my photos I've often used my pc screen displaying a photo as a background, and for lighting I used any kind of portable lamp I could scavenge (desk lamps, bike lamps, flashlights etc). Also one thing I wanna recommend: There's no need to buy actual colored lights. Just use colored translucent paper or plastic in front of your lamp and you're good to go lol
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