MY first try at fancy white background photos.

Discussion in 'The Toyark' started by Dark_Convoy, Apr 10, 2006.

  1. Dark_Convoy

    Dark_Convoy Old Bastard Veteran

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    Didn't know where to put this, but I am looking for feedback and tips to get better.
     

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  2. CdnShockwave

    CdnShockwave The Prince of Poses TFW2005 Supporter

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    Not bad, a couple of things though.

    1. Lighting needs to be adjusted, particularly with brightening up the toy since it's a little dark. I prefer trulight 100 watt bulbs in three lamps. Place one above, one to the right, and one to the left of the subject. Also, it looks like you've used photoshop. I highly reccomend using "auto levels" or if that doesn't get you the look you want try "levels" and manually adjusting them. Also fiddling with brightness and contrast can help.

    Keep it up!
     
  3. Chaos Muffin

    Chaos Muffin Misadventure Veteran

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    Those look pretty good, just needs some lighting in the front.
    Even though they look pretty good dimmed like that. Not sure if it's your style or not.
    They're cropped well.

    The shadowing around the feet looks pretty natural. Can't tell if you used a blur tool on it.

    Liking the poses you have em in.

    Cdn's pretty much covered the basics. You can always use the diffuse glow tool with white being in your pallet

    Hard to believe it's your first shot at it man those look pretty damn good. All's left to worry about are minor tweaks here n there.
    If you get an itching for photography, you're going to fall in love with their car modes again.
     
  4. Orodruin

    Orodruin @deathformer TFW2005 Supporter

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    The background is great, but the bots are a bit dark. For what it's worth (I'm not too good at Supah-clear stuff myself), what I usually do it take the pic without flash, bring it into photoshop, auto-levels, auto-colors, crops, and finally adjust the contrast and brightness.
     
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    Cobra_Commander Master of tactics TFW2005 Supporter

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    looks great for your first attempt man the bots are lil dark though, thats the only thing i can see thats not to good
     
  6. e3nine

    e3nine Poop.

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    a bit more light and you'll be done. :) 

    I built a ghetto light box out of a Wal-Mart laundry hamper, budget white cloth, and GE 100w Reveal bulbs about 6 weeks ago.
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    There was absolutely no retouching in Photoshop. These were directly off the camera and resized.
     
  7. Dark_Convoy

    Dark_Convoy Old Bastard Veteran

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    Thanks guys!

    I basically taped a piece of white poster-board to a chair, put my camera on a tripod and took pics, I'm thinking if I get a few of those goose neck office lamps and sticking 100w bulbs in them it should work for the extra lighting I need.
     
  8. pinoy78

    pinoy78 Shoji Kawamori having FUN

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    VERY nice (and budget minded) step up.
     
  9. Wreckgar

    Wreckgar Anthony Stark Veteran

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    Great job man. Now just play with photoshop a bit and you'll get some better definitions.

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  10. Chaos Muffin

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    That's an awesome little setup man, and the pics look great!
    Reminds me of those lite igloos. Always wanted one of those, but your method looks just as effective.
     
  11. Orodruin

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    What do you use for the background? I can't tell if that's cloth or paper or something (the blue part).
     
  12. Dark_Convoy

    Dark_Convoy Old Bastard Veteran

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    How did you do that???
     
  13. soundwaveCA

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    If you have Photoshop (or similar program) fiddle with the brightness and contrast and or levels, that’s what I do :) 
     
  14. e3nine

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    Thanks man! Those light boxes are sooooo expensive. I visited a Wolf / Ritz Camera store looking for one. Not only was it a mere 12in by 12in by 12in, it was $100+.

    This setup is waaaaylarger than that. You can play with the PVC tubes to come with all sorts of configurations too. (more wide than tall, more tall than wide, just as wide as tall, etc)


    Wal-Mart to the rescue! $0.58 posterboard held on with binder clips.

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  15. Joe Moore

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    If you have Photoshop CS or CS2, then you can use the levels in combination with the Shadow Highlight adjustment to get this.

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