Note: all photos in this post are linked to my flickr. Click on the images to see larger views
It’s Silver Week in Japan and Mikuru decided that it’s a good time to go sightseeing — and it seems that she has set her sights on Korea!
Well… no, actually, Mikuru’s just practicing her “Tourist mode” if she does go on a vacation. This is another photoshoot experiment. This time, I’ve taken in most of what has been suggested to me from my previous photoshoot experiment. The backdrop isn’t an LCD monitor this time around — found some nice looking paper fans my dad brought home from… Korea XD
For my lighting setup, I mimicked what has been done in Happy Soda‘s figure lighting tutorial — it’s a pretty great tutorial for figure photography. ^^ I’ve also read about white balance from this tutorial — which is also great and very much in-depth, this tutorial is quite technical though — and so I skipped some parts of it ^^;. I dug out my brother’s giant tripod from the depths of his stuff — but I need to find a smaller tripod, as it is quite impossible to take close-up photos with the tripod attached.
I just realized after post processing the photos that I forgot to take photos of my actual setup! *fails* but basically, it’s similar to what is shown in Happy Soda’s tutorial. I did, however, take “step-by-step” (they’re not really step-by-step… but moving on…) photos so you can see the differences — and they’re quite noticeable if you compare the photos.
In this photo, I turned on one of my desk lamps (which is on the left). The shadows are pretty obvious here and they have quite sharp edges too. The light hits quite hard on our cute subject and it looks like she’s blinded by the light.
I then placed a makeshift diffuser — in a form of a cardboard box with a huge rectangle cut out in the middle, that’s covered in tracing paper — in front of the desk lamp. The shadows now have soft edges, and the light is “softer” as well.
Placed a makeshift reflector — a normal white folder — on the right side of the setup. Now the shadows and the highlights have softened a bit more.
This photo was taken after I turned on the other desk lamp where the light was placed directly above the ‘photo studio’.
After finishing the lighting setup, I tweaked the white balance. I used Auto White Balance when I was setting up the lighting, and starting from the above photo, I changed the white balance to custom white balance — using the folder (in the background). The colors became more vivid when I switched the white balance! ^^
Moar photos! ^_^ I particularly liked how Mikuru seems to be promoting Seoul Tower here. XD
The motorcycles that are in the shoot were just lying around in the room. I thought they’d be big enough for Mikuru to ride on, but they’re not, so I just had them as props XD
Last photo of the set. ^^ Is there any improvement? Please don’t hesitate to give comments and critiques about this shoot!
TLDR; version of the
details equipment in this photoshoot:
Subject: figma Asahina Mikuru (fighting maid ver.)
Camera: Canon IXUS 750
Backdrop: White folder and Seoul Tower cardboard fan (straight from Korea! LOL)
Props: scale Motorcycle replicas lying around the room
Lighting: Two desklamps
Diffuser: Cardboard box with tracing paper
Reflector: Another white folder
Manual; Macro; ISO 50 (lowest there is); Auto White Balance (and custom white balance in the later photos); No flash; Used zoom in most (if not all) of the photos