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post Oct 19 2006, 09:24 PM
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Alright, hoping this gets stickied...

Post your photo tricks here.

Mine...I always use Macros mode. I never adjust the zoom after I'm about 6" from the figure/subject. If you want to zoom in, back away, zoom in, than move to 6", and let the camera's processor focus the image before taking.


Ash mentioned a small tripod...I balance my foreamrs against the ledge of the countertop where i take my pictures. Either would stabelize/balance.

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post Oct 20 2006, 09:21 PM
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I learned a lot from seeing Rebelscum's photo booth in Dan Curto's room at C3.

1) Multiple lights at different angles to prevent shadows.

2) Use a stiff piece of posterboard or cardbaord as a floor that can bend up, without creases, the form a backdrop. This creates a monolithic backdrop for your custom. Remember, the focus of your picture should be the custom, not the surround desk, table, workbench, or whatever.

3) Tripod. Mine is extendable to about 3.5 ft and has all the tilt, turn, etc. that you need to stablize the camera.

4) Turn off your flash. Use the lights to get the proper illumination.

5) If you use digital, most cameras have a two step button. 1/2 press for focus, full press to shoot. This can allow you to focus specifically on a part, like a chest or head, instead of the closest part like a weapon. This method will keep those customs in focus and let us see the figure detail.

6) If you use digital, use the highest pixel detail and size. Zoom in as close as possible. Once you're downloading the photo, scale down the DPI but keep the pixels. This effectively sharpens the picture even more.


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post Oct 20 2006, 10:04 PM
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QUOTE (Delaton @ Oct 20 2006, 08:21 PM)
6) If you use digital, use the highest pixel detail and size.  Zoom in as close as possible.  Once you're downloading the photo, scale down the DPI but keep the pixels.  This effectively sharpens the picture even more.

That's a good one. What's the optimal viewing size for a forrum like FFURG's?


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post Oct 20 2006, 10:11 PM
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My pics are 8" high at 100 DPI, or 800 pixels high. How do they look? Do they make your screen pan or scroll?



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post Dec 3 2006, 08:29 PM
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QUOTE (pbarny @ Oct 19 2006, 10:24 PM)
Alright, hoping this gets stickied...

Better late than never. I actually start searching Google for tips on how to build a photo booth and started ending up with returns for a real, full-sized, in-the-mall photo booth. I turned to FFURG quickly to see what I could find. This topic deserves to be pinned, but as well as looking for tips I'm looking to build a small area to light and take photos of the individual pieces of my collection.

Other things I'm wanting to learn more on is how to take good quality pictures with my camera without the flash on. I guess I'm going to have read up on some articles there because I'm sure it's going to require changing of shutter speed and all that. I'm missing my remote control I had on my last camera. The slightest movement if you're shooting without a flash will blur the picture somewhat.


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post Dec 4 2006, 12:43 PM
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QUOTE (Delaton @ Oct 20 2006, 09:11 PM)
My pics are 8" high at 100 DPI, or 800 pixels high.  How do they look?  Do they make your screen pan or scroll?

On my lap top, no. On some other computers which aren't ideal to visual settings, yes. But that's a whole other issue.

And thanks Tim for pinning this topic.

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post Dec 10 2006, 04:45 PM
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Been seeing ads for Stanly Tripod Flashlight. Anyone know how good it is at throwing light? I've seen 3 distinct models at www.stanleytools.com, 2 full sized ($25 and $30) and one mini ($10). Or would it be better to use lights with poseable necks if one wants to save money on photography studios? I would have other uses for it beyond photography.

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post Jun 3 2007, 09:05 PM
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Have one to add since it is a feature of the new camera. There is a stabelizer mode that sort of acts as a digital gyroscope. This allows you to shake, but the focus of the image to be centered and vibration free. Leave this on or see if your camera has this feature.

This is more a photo finishing thing...

For those who want to add lightsaber effects but don't have/can't afford photoshop. I found this free program.

http://lsmaker.uw.hu/page.php?main=lsmaker.html#lsmaker

It works for both movies, so you can do your own home fights, pictures, it also has related text and audio editing capabilities. That means you can do your own opening crawl or snap hiss.

The picture editor also has the ability to do several affects such as light saber clashes and H1 Marksman training remote insertions. IT has a fairly low learning curve, and this is just what I did with 15 minutes of playing around. Sure, Photoshop and the like are probably better, but in a pinch, this would do.




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post Jun 4 2007, 03:34 AM
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Wal-Mart sells this lighting set-up in-store for about the same price as on-line...

http://www.walmart.com/catalog/product.do?product_id=5030889

...I'm hoping I can grab one of those next payday. Someone on another board that I frequent found on-line instructions for making one with PVC pipe but I can't find the thread anywhere and I guess I didn't bookmark it -- I know I made a hardcopy of the page, but I've been cleaning and can't find that either... If/when I do find the link again, I'll be sure to post it here.


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post Jun 28 2007, 03:12 PM
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http://www.wikihow.com/Create-an-Inexpensi...graphy-Lightbox

Saw this as my How to of the day on my google homepage. Since we talked about Curto's Rebelscum set up, here's a down low version.


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post Jun 29 2007, 06:04 AM
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Thanks Jim and Paul for those links. I'm so close to building one of those for myself. I'm getting ready to photograph my entire orange card collection. I was planning on building one myself since I need one big enough to accommodate the Falcon box. I was planning on using white poster board, but the matte suggestion in that article was one to pay attention to. Since my site's background color is white the images will just blend in. I'm looking forward to getting started on this project since I've been wanting to find a decent way to catalog my collection online for about a year.


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post Jun 29 2007, 10:10 AM
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QUOTE (pbarny @ Jun 28 2007, 02:12 PM)
http://www.wikihow.com/Create-an-Inexpensi...graphy-Lightbox

Saw this as my How to of the day on my google homepage. Since we talked about Curto's Rebelscum set up, here's a down low version.

Thanks for the link, Paul. That's a lot cheaper way to make one than the PVC version I'd seen. The one thing I do remember was that the guy was using the $5 (or so) clamp-on flood lights (2 of them) with the spiral florescent bulbs -- gotta be a lot cooler than the blue-white bulbs I used to use to photograph my Joes...


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post Jun 29 2007, 10:12 AM
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QUOTE (savrip @ Jun 29 2007, 05:04 AM)
I was planning on building one myself since I need one big enough to accommodate the Falcon box.

Well, Tim, you're enough of a handyman to be able to build one of these right using lumber and all. Heck, you've got enough space in the laundry part of your basement you could leave one set up permenantly (just be sure to put a door on it to keep it from becoming a cat perch! laugh.gif )


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post Jul 10 2007, 04:42 PM
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QUOTE (Jim_Abell @ Jun 29 2007, 11:12 AM)
...just be sure to put a door on it to keep it from becoming a cat perch!

No worries Jim they're all dead. Thanks for bringing up a sensitive subject. cry.gif

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post Jul 11 2007, 01:49 AM
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[quote=savrip,Jul 10 2007, 03:42 PM] [QUOTE=savrip,Jun 29 2007, 05:04 AM]No worries Jim they're all dead. Thanks for bringing up a sensitive subject. cry.gif

laugh.gif[/QUOTE} [/quote]
Um, sorry I think I missed something somewhere... sad.gif

Not sure if you're serious here or not... unsure.gif


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The Gimp, is a great photo editing tool(exactly like photoshop). The names of the tools are a bit odd, and don't really tell you what it does, so you kinda have to read the online manual.

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I just made this handy lightbox. Thought I'd share.



It can be folded up neatly like this:



And here's a shot of Ordo-in-a-box:



Here's what I needed to make this:

Ikea Dröna storage box (about $6);
A white blouse that needs to be replaced anyway or any other piece of thin white (cotton) fabric;
Double sided tape (the stuff you use to tape carpets and such on the ground);
Three desktop lights. I used two (from left and from above), because I don't have a third yet, but as you can see that too gives a nice effect.

Before taking this shot of Ordo, I manually set the white balance on my camera (the 2nd from the top in this pic by pointing the camera at a sheet of white paper in the box. This way the camera know what is white under these particular lighting circumstances.

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Looks great man. That's a very sharp photo.


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post Jul 20 2008, 02:11 PM
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QUOTE (IncomT65 @ Jul 19 2008, 02:34 PM) *
I just made this handy lightbox. Thought I'd share.


Nice set up. And thanks for putting out the materials/how to as well. Would it be better to add some blue painted or fabric overlaid stryofoam or cardboard so you didn't have to rely on the cd case? Or does not using the CD case cast too large a shadow?


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QUOTE (pbarny @ Jul 20 2008, 09:11 PM) *
Nice set up. And thanks for putting out the materials/how to as well. Would it be better to add some blue painted or fabric overlaid stryofoam or cardboard so you didn't have to rely on the cd case? Or does not using the CD case cast too large a shadow?


Yep, a little box for your figures to stand on, in the same colour as the surroundings is much better, but I just threw this setup together real quickly for a little demo. It's not so different from other lightboxes, but I think one major plus is, that you can fold it up so it doesn't take up that much space.

Here's another "mighty" nice shot (plus some PSE alterations thumbup.gif )



I think I'll go out and buy different colours of A3 cardboard sheets. That way I'll loose the line of the bottom side and rear side too.


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