Today we are going to see what we will need to compose the scene and the place we will use a photography set. You could see the past entries dedicated to that topic: Taking photos to miniatures part 1, where i show you the different and best known camera typologies of nowadays; Taking photos to miniatures part 2, where i explain how to configurate all the options to get the best pics posible; and Taking photos to miniatures part 3, where y analize whole photographic material we could need.
First we will need is a table or another clear place where took pictures, it has to be big enough to allow all elements properly.
Background: Here we have multiple options, from colored cardboard, cloth, profesional photography background, background done and printed by ourselves in photoshop… Almost any thing that serves to put behing the figures and doesn’t distract from what is important, the figure. Personally i used to use colored carboard, they are cheap, easy to replace, and i have plenty colour options. My prefered one is the grey, it doesn’t change colors as may happen with white or black and shows very well the piece. I use several times coloured carboard when the figure has a predominant colour that works well with the background tone.
Lights: The most comon are two that highlights the scene from both sides and a bit above of the scene. I use two from ikea, easy to find and cheap. I have that model but in a silver grey colour: Lamp tertial.
Bulb: We have to had an enough powerful light sourse, as i said we have to configurate the ISO feature withn a 100 value, that is, as i said, the real light value in our scene. We could see that the light is too dark, then we have to programming the other parameters to allow the most similar light we see, and as less as we “force” them better results we will had. It is important too, that buy bulbs of the same colour that we use to paint, doing that we will get a more realistic colours in our picture.
A note of the lights and bulbs topic: In front of the bulb it is highly recommended to put a piece of paper atached to the lamp body, the we will get a difuse light that neither will burn the colours nor will create sharp shadows. With a normal office piece of paper it will be enough, you only have to atatch it in front of the light source and you will see the difference.
Reflector: That is something i don’t recommend at all in my own experience, but several people who has experienced with that are happy with the results. The name seems to be something great and expensive but with a piece of white cardboard or any other white material could be simulated. That will be put in front of the figure from below higlighting the bottom parts of the figure with a reflexin on the ambience light. That is something that i do not like because puts light on what you have painted in shadow changing the final result.
Light box: That is an element i don’t use but is so practical even more if we haven’t had a stay photographic ser. That usually is a box made by whitish traslucent plastic in which the background and figure are displayed inside, the light are put outside giving automatically the difussing light effect, having with that a perfect ilumination. There are buyable options and DIY (do it yourself) tutorials in internet, what makes a perfect option.
I let you here the photography in big resolution which opens this entry, in it you will see my own photography set: