One of my other interests for when it is dark and the weather is miserable involves constructing and painting models. I belong to a couple of modelling forums and often start a thread on them, using photos to show the progress of the builds.
I thought that it may be of interest to the photographers here. Most of the time I use a 'quick and dirty' setup as I don't have lighting permanently in place (must get a bigger house). I use a couple of Canon 600ex-RT flash guns, both screwed onto spring clamps using the supplied small stands that come with the flashguns. One is clamped onto the radiator in the modelling room, and the other clamped to storage shelf. They are both pointed up to the white painted ceiling for bouncing the light. The Flashguns are set up and fired with a canon st-e3rt mounted on the camera. I always take a shot of a whibal card so that and colour imbalance can be corrected in post processing.
Depending on the type of shot required, I either use a canon G12 or a full frame SLR with a 90mm TS-E lens. The compact camera gives plenty of depth of field for close ups and the image quality is plenty enough for web forum use. The SLR is used when ultimate quality is needed, TS-E lens gives me control of the perspective and plane of focus.
The backdrop is vinyl graduated grey sheet. The set up can be used for many types of product shot and ideal for showing items to their best effect if you are selling on eBay for example.
This one is a Corsair F4U-1D in 1/48th scale. A kit by Tamiya. The model is around 7 inches long, the figure about 1.5 inches tall.
This shot was taken with the G12. Even when using macro for close-up, the small sensor gives plenty of depth of field. This is a Dornier DO335-A2 in 1/48 scale, the cockpit being less than an inch long.
Here is one for the bikers.
A BF109-e again in 1/48 scale.
let's finish with a well worn Spitfire. 1/48 scale.
Thanks for looking.