Well now that I have finally posted the photo-shoots for the five figures (4 and one group) up I figured I would take a look and reflect upon how this indoor photo-shoot was done. Overall, I have to say that I suck at taking indoor photos. Iâ€™m no expert by any means but even the pictures I took years ago with less knowledge, when taken outside they were just so much better. I donâ€™t know how some of these people like Super Rats do it. I had a reflector, diffuser, two lights, hell the top one was even an expensive natural light lamp (I didn’t buy it for this shoot, Iâ€™ve always had it) but a majority of them still came outâ€¦blah. On one hand I think itâ€™s partially my camera to blame. Although itâ€™s a nice camera for taking pictures of people on fascination or at a party, with the lens always inside the body of the camera I canâ€™t get any good focus with it. I think even a cheaper camera then what I have but just with a different type of lens would serve my figure photos far better. I also couldnâ€™t seem to get the light right. The colors seem all messed up on my Horo shoot even though a gold background was the color used on the box when it showed pictures and it obviously worked there, complimenting the figure. I would say my best one is by far the Kannu shoot. I thought that one actually turned out really well. Iâ€™m kind of proud of that one, but the others werenâ€™t so great.
In the future Iâ€™m definitely going to try and do more figure shoots outside, however the main problem I run into is that figures these days are just getting more and more complex. I mean, my god the Alter Nanoha StrikerS one that is going to be coming out (the one revealed at the Hobby Festival a while back) is HUGE and has little parts every which way, I would be scared to death to take something like that outside, or even my Alter Hayate outside considering how big she is with some delicate parts like her skirt-cape and wings. Iâ€™m probably going to be forced to take more indoor pictures. Hell, I would even be afraid to take my Nendoroids outside considering all the small parts that can easily be lost. (Also considering I spent more money on the discontinued Fate/Stay Night Lucky Star Nendoroids then most of my full 1/8 scale figures)
On the plus side if I get a slightly different camera, I think some of my future shoots will be much better. I just have to pick my colors a little better, ala Horo, and things will work out good like Kannu. Itâ€™s unavoidable that Iâ€™ll have to take more indoor pictures. I just hope I can better myself. The five I did here are at least far better than my first attempt at an indoor shoot which sadly consisted of placing table next to a window, with a screen, and a horrible whittle power board behind it. These five are thousand times better than those and there’s a good chance Iâ€™ll redo those pictures, and if I get even better I may redo some of these even.
Overall they didnâ€™t turn out as horribly as I thought, but Iâ€™m still nowhere near where I would want them to be. They arenâ€™t even close to my outdoor pictures, and I donâ€™t take the most perfect outdoor pictures either. Still, shoots like my Kannu one give me hope.
On a small note, anyone have a good camera they may recommend I should try? Right now Iâ€™m using a Nikon S50c and while itâ€™s a nice camera, the lens when zooming or in macro mode doesnâ€™t actually leave the body of the camera so it has HORRIBLE focusing. I couldnâ€™t get any close up shots I wanted and even some of the pictures I have now of the face where bigger pictures cropped down, which appeared blurry. I need a camera with a lens that sticks out. Iâ€™m not looking to spend 70 thousand dollars on a top of the line camera, I just need something reasonably priced that takes good close up pictures.
For a quick link to each of the posts in this installment of indoor shots, they are below.