Figure photograhy

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  1. Gir

    Gir I want to be a mongoose

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    Hey guys, anyone have any good sites or tips on action figure photography? I've seen alot of really good closeup pics with nice pure white backgrounds and I'd like to know how that is done. I'm ok with getting decent lighting and setting my exposures and what not, just could use some pointers.
     
  2. e3nine

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    well, I had some lighting issues, so I decided to make a picture box. This was all made from Wal-Mart materials (under $20) and really helps my picture taking.

    Cost of materials:
    PVC based laundry hamper = $13
    2 yards of white cloth = $3.50
    3 posterboard backdrops (red, blue, white) = $1.50
    GE reveal bulbs (100w x 4) = $2

    Optional:
    2 lamps = $8ea

    setup of rig:
    http://i38.photobucket.com/albums/e130/e3NiNe/Transformers%20Personal/GhettoBox2.jpg
    http://i38.photobucket.com/albums/e130/e3NiNe/Transformers%20Personal/GhettoBox.jpg

    before
    http://i40.photobucket.com/albums/e227/e3NiNe02/TF%20Knockoff%20Prime/TF-BootlegPrime-Front.jpg

    after:
    http://i38.photobucket.com/albums/e130/e3NiNe/Transformers%20Personal/GhettoBox2-Test01.jpg

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    When comparing to what RitzCamera offered for $110 , this completely beats it.

    Also, these pictures are not photoshopped at all. Straight from the camera, resized, and that's it. The white background came from the white posterboard with lots of light on it.
     
  3. Gir

    Gir I want to be a mongoose

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    that's a pretty neat setup. Do alot of people use the same type of system?
     
  4. e3nine

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    My company is retail based, so I was able to see their product photo booth. It was almost the same thing as what Ritz offered for $109, but was a bit larger ... think of it as prom pictures for merchandise.

    By setting up the photobooth, you retain light and remove the bulb's hot spots ... most of it that is.

    I was messing around with Skids last night ...
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    The blue posterboard is seamless. It doesn't give odd shadows cloth does.
     
  5. Edgewise

    Edgewise updated homage

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    That's awesome, I'm going to have to make a setup like that.

    Thanks!
     
  6. Nightscream

    Nightscream JP TF Master Collector

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    Me too! Now where do I get a suitable frame...
     
  7. e3nine

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    shoot, no Wal-Marts in Norway? :( 

    The laundry hamper looks like this
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    it comes with all the joiner pieces you need. You can even use some of the other rods to adjust the size of your picture area. You can get creative and cut the extra poles to make more area sizes.

    The other alternative is to buy PVC from a hardware store. This requries alot more work because you need to custom cut everything.
     
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    Nightscream JP TF Master Collector

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    nope, no wal-marts unfortunately. I tried checking IKEA's website, but they had nothing remotely similar. How tall is it? Perhaps somebody could buy it for me in the US, disassemble it and ship it to me. I'm guessing it's not too heavy.
     
  9. e3nine

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    out of the box, you get

    (4) 16 inch tubes (need 4 for legs)
    (4) 30 inch tubes (need 2 for the width of the box, cut 1 in half to make the depth of the box)
    (4) 32 inch tubes (all extra, could be used for longer legs)

    (4) joiner pieces (all used)
    (4) joiner pieces with wheel adapters (not used)
    (2) net clips (used to hold up the posterboard)
     
  10. Chaos Muffin

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    Really likiing your setup e39. Your pics are looking great!
     

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