SEARCH FINESCALE.COM

Enter keywords or a search phrase below:

Portable Photo Setup

4402 views
18 replies
1 rating 2 rating 3 rating 4 rating 5 rating
  • Member since
    January, 2013
Portable Photo Setup
Posted by jibber on Thursday, November 13, 2014 3:35 PM

I'm probably like a million other modelers who suffer from bad picture taking. I know the biggest tool is the camera itself but almost as important is the setup like backdrop lighting etc. Does anybody have a thought about these "portable" setups? They seem large enough (25" X 25") with 4 lights and camera tripod for $79. 

Terry

  • Member since
    November, 2009
  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Friday, November 14, 2014 9:44 AM

I had one, but misplaced it quite awhile ago!  it folds into a small box, small enough I can't find it!

When I do that kind of photo (I usually do the backdrop method in sunlight) I just use a piece of posterboard, draped against something so it acts as both a base and background, and use it in a room with a sunlit window but not in the direct sunlight.  The walls of the room diffuse the light to make it soft enough.  Since I don't use that commercial apparatus anymore, I guess it was not worth the light.  However, I am restricted to a fairly bright day for taking pictures :-(

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

  • Member since
    January, 2013
Posted by jibber on Friday, November 14, 2014 10:16 AM

I've been using white paper as a backdrop with a couple 100 watts bulbs, but thats just not working. I know I need to diffuse the light, maybe add some additional ones. This just looked like it had all of it?

Thanks Don.  

  • Member since
    November, 2009
  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Saturday, November 15, 2014 9:40 AM

If you have have a white or neutral ceiling in the room, try a spotlight bulb in a lamp, turned up to shine directly on ceiling.

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

  • Member since
    May, 2013
  • From: Indiana, USA
Posted by Greg on Saturday, November 15, 2014 11:42 AM

My 2 cents is I think one would soon find the box is too small.

But never worked with one, so this is just a theory.

-Greg

  • Member since
    January, 2013
Posted by jibber on Saturday, November 15, 2014 2:02 PM

You're probably right, thanks all.

  • Member since
    November, 2003
  • From: Virginia
Posted by Mike F6F on Wednesday, November 26, 2014 9:27 AM

ecx.images-amazon.com/.../31cadeL4BLL.jpg

Here's the simple set-up I use. It costs about $40.  It won't handle many things above 1/48th scale however.

It is quick and simple to set up and folds away and can fit behind a work bench.

I'm a pro photographer and made my living from imaging for almost 40 years.  While I have access to a very good studio, transporting models was more of a hassle than acquiring this simple rig.

Set ups like this allow you to get the diffused lighting you need and with a few simple camera techniques any one can start taking good shots of their work.

I recommend something like this.  A decent photo of a good model is better than a bad photo of a great model.

Mike

 

"Grumman on a Navy Airplane is like Sterling on Silver."

  • Member since
    November, 2009
  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Wednesday, November 26, 2014 9:45 AM

Yeah, that is the set I bought but lost!  My wife and I have searched the whole house but cannot find it.  If you get one and pack it away, but a long red ribbon on it so you see the ribbon even when the box is stored!

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

  • Member since
    October, 2008
  • From: England
Posted by P mitch on Wednesday, November 26, 2014 10:23 AM

I've requested the below for Christmas, should be big enough for most things

www.amazon.co.uk/.../ref=sr_1_3

Phil

"If anybody ever tells you anything about an aeroplane which is so bloody complicated you can't understand it, take it from me: it's all balls." R J Mitchell


  • Member since
    November, 2003
  • From: Virginia
Posted by Mike F6F on Wednesday, November 26, 2014 10:25 AM

Don,

It does fold up to a compact unit.

I like your idea of using a red ribbon.  Dropped bread crumbs just don't work as well!

Mike

 

"Grumman on a Navy Airplane is like Sterling on Silver."

  • Member since
    November, 2014
Posted by BLACKSMITHN on Thursday, February 12, 2015 4:54 PM

It looks like something that could be readily scratch built from foam board. In fact, I think I might cobble something together this weekend! Does it really need to be white, or could the interior be painted a light color of some sort? And, if so, what colors photograph well?

  • Member since
    November, 2009
  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Friday, February 13, 2015 8:53 AM

The sides need to be translucent, so the lights will shine through, but be diffused.  A fine cloth is better for the sides than anything completely opaque.

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

  • Member since
    November, 2014
Posted by BLACKSMITHN on Friday, February 13, 2015 8:58 AM

That sounds pretty easy. I could probably find some sort of cloth-- maybe a dish cloth, or something-- at the local dollar store. If not, fabric is pretty cheap and easy to come by.

  • Member since
    November, 2003
  • From: Virginia
Posted by Mike F6F on Friday, February 13, 2015 11:21 AM

I'd recommend you only use pure white.  Any other colors will cast their color onto the model.

An old white sheet would be better that a dish towel.

Mike

 

"Grumman on a Navy Airplane is like Sterling on Silver."

  • Member since
    November, 2014
Posted by BLACKSMITHN on Friday, February 13, 2015 1:43 PM

Actually, I found a white fabric shower curtain liner. Gotta love the dollar store!

  • Member since
    November, 2003
  • From: Virginia
Posted by Mike F6F on Saturday, February 14, 2015 9:25 AM

That should work.  It might "soak" up some of the light passing through it and force you to increase exposure somewhat, but the diffusion of the light should be OK.

Mike

 

"Grumman on a Navy Airplane is like Sterling on Silver."

  • Member since
    April, 2005
  • From: Piscataway, NJ!
Posted by wing_nut on Thursday, August 13, 2015 10:05 AM

Nice to have found what I was looking for without having to pose a question that was asked and answered.  

 

Also very happy to hear these are a good option.  I ordered 1 from amazon with 12" & 30" collapsible tents lights tripod etc for $106.  The larger tent should be good for some larger models...I hope.

Marc  

  • Member since
    March, 2003
  • From: Illinois
Posted by wjbwjb29 on Sunday, August 16, 2015 9:08 AM

I have that setup also, What i dont like about it is those lights get very hot. Makes working with it uncomfortable.

 

bill

On the Bench:   Trumperter Tsesarevich on deck Glencoe USS Oregon

  • Member since
    November, 2015
Posted by The Migrant on Sunday, December 06, 2015 3:56 PM

wjbwjb29
I have that setup also, What i dont like about it is those lights get very hot. Makes working with it uncomfortable.

I also use a light tent, and it works great. Providing your camera has manual white-balance adjustment, pretty much any kind of lighting can be used to achieve accurate colour. Tungsten lights do get really hot, so they need to be a safe distance from the sides of the tent (especially if you've built your own from a shower curtain...). LED and fluorescent lights are much cooler.

Mike G

Western Canada

JOIN OUR COMMUNITY!

Our community is FREE to join. To participate you must either login or register for an account.

SEARCH FORUMS

SUBSCRIBER-ONLY CONTENT
FREE NEWSLETTER