Customs: Camera Help

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  1. PorkChopKB

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    Hey everyone.. I have a canon 4mp camera A520. Was looking for some help on settings to use when taking pics of my customs. I can't get it right.. either too bright, too dark, etc. What type of background should I use. White, Black?

    thanks for any help.

    Ken
     
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    Here's my suggestion.
    http://www.tfw2005.com/boards/tutorials-how-tos/267391-poor-mans-photo-shooting-101-a.html

    And Nemesis Predaking's links are also recomended.

    As for the backdrop, poster board is cheap and works well. I also picked up a sheet of hard-backed poster board, cut a straight line across the back, but not all the way through, about 1/4 of the length from the end. This allows me to fold it to set up a background, then straighten it out to put it away.
     
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    thanks for the helpful links! I appreciate it.

    Ken
     
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    What kind of lighting are you using?
     
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    I can take them in either natural outside lighting, most of the time I am taking them inside under soft white bulbs.. sometimes 60w 75w.

    I take pics of my 75gal aquarium and I learned the settings for that from someone having the exact same camera.

    If you can guide me that would be great.
     
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    This is a very typical setup for me. Mainly, I want to make sure my customs have enough light on them. Also, a tripod is one of the best investments you'll make regarding shooting toys. Aside from that, knowing your camera and its setting is paramount. Other than that, the tutorials speak for themselves. Many Radicons have learned to shoot their photos through our tutorials. :) 
     

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    Almost forgot to mention. The type of light bulb will make a difference. Regular incandesant bulbs will tend to photograph more amber in color, while fluorescent tend to give more of a green tint. The best you can get are either the GE Reveal, halogen, or best of all, sunlight.
     
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    Agreed. I typically only use Reveal bulbs for my lights.
     

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