TF Photography Tips & Tricks

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  1. artimus prime

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    Thanks for posting these! Everyone interested in photographing their TFs should check these out if they don’t already have this equipment or something comparable.
     
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    here are some additional tips for posing. So one thing that I see from people is that there are pics that make the toy look like toys: all stiff and unnatural. You can see this in this first pic. 20210730_140412.jpg
    At the basic, there is the museum pose, which is the toy doing an idle pose. There is more to doing an idle pose otherwise you end up with what is above. Essentially you have to remember what a natural pose is. When you see anything idle, be it humans or robots, they will never be stiff, and when they are, you know it is unnatural. Kinda why some people look awkward in pictures. You want to have some movement or flexibility. You can start by moving the limbs away from the body but not too exaggerated. You also don't want the knees locked. Even rotating the waste were possible is desired to invoke life.
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    What you also want to avoid is symmetry. In movement, symmetry is unnatural most of the time, there are exceptions. This is what this idle pose looks like from all sides.
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    For another pose, you've probably seen some pics from users with the figure shooting from the side, like pic related. You can see that the figure once again looks stiff, toylike, and unnatural.
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    When I will do any pose where the figure is shooting, the last thing I want is doing what is above. I incorporate the tips at the beginning where the last thing I want to do is provide symmetry. Think that when someone shoots a gun, they do various things like position their bodies to the side to anticipate recoil, torso turning, etc. With movies, you have more freedom to do dramatic poses...factor in robots that are more powerful to be able to shoot doing something action related, you are able to explore more.
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    As for camera, you can have a relatively cheaper camera and it will still do the job for the most part. I know some people can have expensive, state of the art cameras but have crappy shots. What matters is lighting. The lighting that you want to get is white LED as a start since it emphasizes the figure. Flash is a big no-no. Sometimes you see people share photos with the use of flash, and it makes the figure look terrible and exposed (and thus unnatural). You can also explore different angles to tell the story you want to tell. Another thing that helps is photo editing software or apps such as Lightroom and Snapseed. Those help you add more oomph to the photo or tone down certain colors (like make a yellow light from a lamp more white). One thing I like about the movie designs are the jagged edges that create great shadows. 20210730_142908.jpg 20210730_143528.jpg 20210730_145306.jpg
     
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    Things to consider are also image resolution sizes which can change the feel of the picture. Also where you crop the picture can alter the image where in the following images the image can invoke a larger presence where the head is more cropped. 20210730_150338.jpg 20210730_150407.jpg 20210730_150414.jpg

    To return to my comments on the poses, when you do dynamic poses, they will tend to give you more cool views from different angles, sometimes you just need to do as little as turn the head and figure.
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    Even action scenes change slightly from a different angle.
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    Don't be afraid to also rotate the camera itself!
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    And you combine all those tips and you can experiment even further to find your style. Remember that you are not a slave to one style either, you can adopt from various talented photographers! 20210730_145106.jpg 20210730_150538.jpg 20210730_150721.jpg 20210730_144720.jpg 20210730_151345.jpg 20210730_151603.jpg 20210730_151648.jpg
    Also just practice, practice, practice! Take any feedback, both good and bad, to improve. Remember that there is no such thing as a perfect photograph, but you can strive to get as close as possible if you try! Hope these tips help!
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