Home photo studio
Posted 16 November 2010 - 01:01 PM
While browsing the thread on here about the home photo studio at Maplins and taking on board the comments regarding how peoples photos were improved I was interested... but
comments were that it was not big enough for 1/32 scale planes and I'm rather keen on this scale, especially WW1. So I found this which looked the same sort of thing but bigger, now I have 2 lights and a tripod so this is all I need, so the question is does anyone have any experience of this item and more importantly will I become David Bailey overnight.
Posted 16 November 2010 - 02:29 PM
Will you become David Bailey overnight? Well, as the actress said to the bishop, "it's not the size of your equipment, it's what you do with it that counts"! Before you splash out on this light tent, you might want to see if you can do a DIY job by rigging up a white bedding sheet (suggest nylon as they are thinner - or cheap cotton) to achieve a similar effect (albeit a bit darker) and see if that makes a difference worth paying for with the real thing. You can also try painting the inside of a big box white and bouncing your lights into there. Paint the back and bottom a different colour (blue /grey). A bit Heath Robinson maybe, but a lot less than £40.
There's some hints on this thread as to help you might improve things. If you sort out the light (the more even the better), put the camera on a tripod and use timer (reducing camera shake) and pick a sensible focal length (to get the correct perspective - wide angles make things nearer the camera bigger than things further in the distance - hence why you shoot real-life models from a low angle to accentuate the length of their legs - don't go there for any other thoughts on anatomy!), force the focus where you want it (to maximise depth of field - 1/3 in front, 2/3 behind focus point) and then you'll be doing well enough to show off your masterpieces on BM. I assume you are using digital, so experiment, record the "best" settings and then you have a repeatable set-up for every future model.
Do I practise what I preach. Probably not, but then hypocrisy is so much more fun
Posted 16 November 2010 - 03:09 PM
You're correct my camera is digital albeit a point and click rather than a SLR, it's the light I find I struggle with the most.
Posted 16 November 2010 - 03:19 PM
You're right that the Maplins "eBay Photo Studio" could struggle size-wise with anything larger than a large 1:48 modern fighter, or 1:72 WWII bomber, but it was defo worth the £19 I paid for it just for the lights. I have a larger 80cm2 pop-up tent that I use for the really big stuff, so as you have the lights already, that "tent" you showed first seems a good one (and easy to pack away too).
As the first responder said though, a tripod and shooting on a timer will make for much better photos, with or without the light box
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