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Shooting finished models

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  • Member since
    November, 2009
  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Shooting finished models
Posted by Don Stauffer on Saturday, March 02, 2019 7:00 AM

I notice that frequently people post final pics of completed models with the model sitting on the building bench surrounded by tools and supplies.  To me this detracts from the model.  I recommend either cleaning the bench, putting supplies and tools away, and then shooting the model on that bench.  I personally put it on tables in the house that are ordinarily kept empty (especially ones with a decent clean finish).


Don Stauffer in Minnesota

  • Member since
    July, 2004
  • From: Sunny So. Cal... The OC
Posted by stikpusher on Saturday, March 02, 2019 8:20 AM

Aim center mass... sight picture, breathing, trigger control...

just kidding....


I agree though about the background. A simple piece of poster board on any flat surface works wonders for improving the appearance of finished model photos. Or even just a simple solid color bedsheet or pillow case will work as well. All the background clutter in many people’s photos detracts from their build. Even something as simple as those blasted cutting mats with all the lines upon them.... Not to mention it gives their camera something else to focus upon in auto focus mode.


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  • Member since
    December, 2002
  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Saturday, March 02, 2019 8:31 AM

Last year i bought a pop up photo booth that came with 2 LED lights, only £20. Made a real improvment to my finished build pics. I don't use it for progress pics but i do clear the bench and use a piece of A4 white paper for smaller parts.

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  • Member since
    March, 2015
Posted by JohnnyK on Saturday, March 02, 2019 10:31 AM

Amen to getting rid of tools, brushes, paint bottles, etc.  when photographing models. I put a light grey or dark grey foam core board on my workbench when I photograph models. Behind my workbench is a blank wall that is painted a neutral color. 

  • Member since
    May, 2011
  • From: Honolulu, Hawaii
Posted by Real G on Saturday, March 02, 2019 12:15 PM

...and please stop using paisley bed sheets/sofas in grandma’s dark house.

Fill the camera view with the model.  The classic “tiny bug on a bedsheet” makes the model hard to see.

Finally, focus.  We want to see everything!

  • Member since
    July, 2003
Posted by disastermaster on Monday, March 18, 2019 9:08 AM


 Yeah, I've shot a few models from time to time back
when I was a 
young boy. I always used the side of the
carport for a shooting backdrop.
 I had fun with my Red Ryder 
BB gun and an occasional
too (when Mom wasn't around).


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