I hear some people compliment my lighting/pictures (much thanks to Busterbeam, Sonar and other members of GAF) so I thought I would make a post about it since my setup is incredibly ghetto but still manages to net good shots despite this.
First up is my lamp. Yeah, the singular lamp I use to light my room up. While it doesn’t look very bright in the picture, the bulb is a three way which means it goes between 50-100-150 watts, depending on how many times you turn the switchy. When taking pictures, I remove the shade (since sometimes it causes the picture to come out too yellow- recently discovered this) and then turn it all the way up to 150w to make sure that all the details are properly illuminated (and to capture that metallic shine for the models it applies to) but will go to 100w if it’s casting too much of a shadow. Sometimes it’s required that I hold the lamp in one hand and the camera in the other to get good results, but the camera I use has a setting to negate the shakiness.
Next up is the cloth you see under the models in all the pictures. Truth is, this isn’t actually a cloth…it’s a white t-shirt. The reason this is needed is because..
The area where I take pictures of my gunpla is the top shelf of my stand, where the perfect grade models reside. The pictures wouldn’t come out nearly as nice if you could see the models below, right? Of course, all if this info, while maybe insightful, is missing one thing.
My weapon of choice is the Panasonic DMC-FX01 Lumix, which is apparently a somewhat dated but very capable camera. The funny part is for all the settings and options it has, I use it almost exclusively in ‘simple’ mode. There aren’t any special dynamics or settings I use, just point and shoot. If it’s not good enough, repeat. Another rule of thumb, pointed out by Busterbeam in this post: NO FLASH. The cons are very blatant, so I don’t think I really need to go in to them…
We hope this post has been at least somewhat informative.