Minor/Repaint: Ecto Prime Photo Test: Customs and Photo Questions

Discussion in 'Radicons Customs' started by SwittCraft, Feb 24, 2020.

  1. SwittCraft

    SwittCraft Pop Culture Custom Creator ️ TFW2005 Supporter

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    Here's a test shot of my Ecto Prime. My wife is an actual photographer, were as I'm totally not. This shot was "professionally" lit, then the background was composited out and replaced.
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    My question to you is, how much planning do you do to show off your custom work when you're totally finished? To you have a style or theme you use? Seamless background? Photoshop the crap out of it? Add effects? Etc...
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    I'm hosting a panel at the upcoming TFCon and wanted to "upgrade" my presentation so I thought new photos would help!

    We don't have a ton of space, and this is our first go at doing photos better than I do myself (doesn't hurt to ask for help!). We're still figuring out the photo side.
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  2. WEEGEE

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    Did it scare you?
     
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    Honestly, I prefer to let the work do the talking. Backgrounds are a distraction. I like using decent lighting on a basic stage. As long as the subject matter is in focus and your work is showcased, backgrounds are unnecessary.

    Here's my "trade secret":
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  4. SwittCraft

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    K.I.S.S. eh?
     
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  5. Dachande

    Dachande MULTI-QUOTE- USE IT. Super Mod

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    Yeah, kind of.
    I've found that detailed backgrounds lead to questions about the scenery and not the subject.
     
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    Personally it's outdoors, natural lighting if possible or led at night and keep the pose as natural by making sure that if the left leg is behind the right leg, the left arm should be rotated out in front of the body and the right arm is rotated behind.
     
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    I keep the background simple. I bought a photo tent, which came with 2 lights. I try for daytime to add an overhead light. I like white as it allows for all the details of the creation to be observed. After the initial shots, go for some photo shopped or background pics for fun. Really, just see what's out there. See what you like, then emulate it. Imitation is the highest form of flattery after all.
     
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  8. Chefprime

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    I take horrible pictures lol. But like the others i do try to keep background plain. I do use a small white light to help lessen any yellow from regular bulbs.
     
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    I'm definitely an amateur photographer, but I like to take outside photos: just preference.
     

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    jmannrock Failed Knight of Primus

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    Not a professional photographer by any means, but i do a lot of photos of my bots. Since it is an "in the moment" thing for me, the only things i think about are; what pose matches the character the best, and what color beat compliments their own palette. From there i go outside and work with what i got. (MP Acid Storm walking through my overgrown backyard because of all the green, AoE Grimlock in bot mode eating a flower because it's silly, or Quantron in an action pose before he goes on display....)

    i also usually keep whatever distant background there is either vague or indistinguishable. So super blurry in contrast with the sharper image of the bot
     
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    Personally I use a white background and try to get a good pose. And say a little prayer that I can get it in good focus.
     
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    Love the slime green you used on the windscreen windows!
     
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