Following are recent photos of my F-86 Saber Jet. I would like to share with everyone how I made this photos. I used to take photos of my airplanes outside, but I the results never looked very good. So I decided to use photo editing software instead.
You will need the following:
1. Digital camera
2. Camera tripod
3. Display base
4. Photo editing software
5. Images of airport aprons (you can get these from the Internet)
Step one is to make a photo of the model on a base that looks similar to real pavement. I used a base that looks like asphalt pavement. Here is a link showing how I made the base.
My camera setup is pretty simple. I use a point and shoot camera mounted on a tripod. A tripod is a must to eliminate camera shake which results in a fuzzy photograph. The lighting comes from ceiling incandescent lights and an old pole lamp with an incandescent bulb. I use the pole lamp for highlighting certain parts of the model. It is important to not mix bulb types or else the color of the model will be incorrect. I set my camera for incandescent lights.
I took a number of pictures of the airplane at approximatly human eye level and picked the best one.
Import the photo of the airplane into the photo editing software and erase the background. I use either Photoshop Elements or Microsoft Photo Draw 2000.
Import a photo of an airport apron into the photo editing software. I found this image on the Internet. As an alternative, you could take photos of aprons if you live by a small airport. I live by O'Hare airport and there is no way that I would be allowed to wander around that airport taking photos!!
Combine the two photographs and adjust the size and location of the airplane. I used the photo editing software to soften the photo of the apron to make it look like it is out of focus.
Make sure that the vanishing points (horizon) of both images are at the same vertical location. In the following photo the vanishing point of the airplane is lower than the vanishing point of the apron. It looks odd.
Have fun !!!!