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Photo Help needed and appreciated...

August 5 2009 at 8:40 AM
Jeff Brown  (Login jagdtiger007)
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Hi, I used the white foam board (two pieces as you can see) and my pictures still turned out weird. Any tips and suggestions are appreciated. This is my Tamiya 1/48 VW in the photos. I am using a regular pair of lights as the lighting. (Nothing fancy, just two cheap wal-mart lamps).

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Fernando Cuenca
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Couple of things

August 5 2009, 12:09 PM 

Is the light white or yellow? Best is to use fluorescent lights. The pictures are dark (underexposed) in general, that means that there's not enough light reaching the sensor.

If you have a camera that has Auto setting as well as aperture and shutter priority ditch the Auto and shoot in aperture priority with a tripod. Set the aperture to F4.0 minimum and let the camera compute the exposure time necessary for good pictures. Also keep the white balance in auto for now, you can play with that later.

If your camera only has auto the only solution is to get more powerful lights or shoot outside in day light.

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Jeff Brown
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Good tips and some more questions...

August 5 2009, 12:44 PM 

Right now they are old fashioned plain light bulbs. I can turn off the Auto, I have a Canon Power Shot and it has all kinds of features I have never even used. What is a good background? I have seen people on here with black, red, blue, etc. (Is it just colored paper?)

I do have a tripod, do I set the timer, or do I press the button myself?

Any more tips are welcome. Thanks for the help so far.


 
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Val Bueno
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Use the tripod and set the timer....

August 6 2009, 9:58 AM 

...that way the camera doesn't move with the shutter open as you release the button.

Another thing you might want to try is change the EV value. When I shoot on white, I usually set the EV at +1.

Experiment and see what happens when you shoot pics at -1, 0, and +1 and +2 on you camera. You should end up with something like this:

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Also play with the white balance settings. You should end up with something like this:

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This is what a photo shot on white should look like:

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Alternately, when shooting on black backgrounds, go to EV=-1:

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I hope this helps,
Val
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Owen R Auer
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Looks like....

August 10 2009, 8:23 PM 

..... your white balance may be off. Read your camera manual, it should tell you how to adjust it for the different types of lighting.

Owen

 
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Chris Grove
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Light values

September 3 2009, 6:16 AM 

Yes, but experiment. I was using fluorescent lamps, but the pics looked weird when I set the camera for fluorescent light. When I set it for incandescent light it worked much better!

Chris

 
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