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Dec 30, 2013 10:17 |  #601

What's the general consensus, What would be the bare minimum set up most would recommend for this, and what is the ideal set up??




  
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Dec 30, 2013 15:56 |  #602

monkeyBob wrote in post #16564090 (external link)
What's the general consensus, What would be the bare minimum set up most would recommend for this, and what is the ideal set up??

What do you mean by "this"? You mean lighting?

You can set your camera up on a tripod and just use a desk lamp (or two or 3), possibly some white paper as diffusers/reflectors and get the same results.

As far as action figures/toys... well, that would be between you, your local toy store, and/or your kids (if you have them). :lol:


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Dec 30, 2013 22:50 |  #603

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Jan 01, 2014 18:22 |  #604

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Jan 05, 2014 01:31 |  #606

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Jan 08, 2014 15:30 |  #607

Wow, Mr Clean, haven't been here for a while, but your posts still amaze me!
You never answered that guys question about your setup, he asked about how you get your bottoms so black...scroll back a few pages and see, I'm curious to know too.




  
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Jan 08, 2014 15:33 |  #608

mrclean08 wrote in post #16365701 (external link)
Sorry for the late response.

I use a Smith Victor FLB-3 flourescent light set up with light box. I use 5500k daylight temperature flourescent bulbs. I shoot with a Canon 5D II and 100mm f2.8L Macro lens.

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Is this the setup?
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Looks like you have a different soft box, what is that one you're using?
And how do you do the black background look, is there an all black box?

Do you know the difference in the FLB-3 and FLB-4?




  
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Jan 10, 2014 07:41 |  #609

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You can set your camera up on a tripod and just use a desk lamp (or two or 3), possibly some white paper as diffusers/reflectors and get the same results.

Yes thats what i ment by the set up. Just the ideal way to take high quality images for your (or someone elses) figures.

So basiclly your DSLR (or whatever camera), backboard, tripod, 1 or 2 anglable lights or diffusers/reflectors?

Thanks mrclean08 for listing your setup, pretty impressive. Have you tried basic setups didnt work?

I do have *cough* rather a few too many, <looks away> even a few still in packaging *cough*

But have friends that would love some quality works done with use of their own items.




  
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Jan 11, 2014 03:45 |  #610

Here's one I took about 5 years ago with my (pathetically comical, yet equally effective) light box:

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40D, f/2.8, 1/15s, tripod and live view shooting, set on timer so that my finger pushing own the shutter button doesn't produce vibration that would be captured in the final image.

Here's the setup:
Just a cardboard box. I cut slits on the side and taped a sheet of white paper to act as a diffuser. Got two lamps from ROSS or some place cheap,threw in some CFL, and there you have it.

It's nice to have fancier lighting, it'll be faster, you won't need to worry about ground vibrations if you're shooting at lower apertures f/11-f/22, where you end up shooting extended shutter (bulb so speeds longer than 30sec) to catch sufficient light. But if that's not in the budget, you can still get great results. Just make sure you shoot in RAW so it's easier to correct white balance later.

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Jan 18, 2014 18:14 |  #611

ChrisMc73 wrote in post #16588825 (external link)
Is this the setup?
http://www.bhphotovide​o.com …42631&Q=&is=REG​&A=details (external link)

Looks like you have a different soft box, what is that one you're using?
And how do you do the black background look, is there an all black box?

Do you know the difference in the FLB-3 and FLB-4?

Sorry for the background mess; I'm busy shipping out stuff for eBay. I use a different light box as the stock one that came with the FLB-3 was too large. You can still get the same results though, it's just a matter of preference.

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The black background is just a velvet background just like the white velvet background posted in the pic above. I think the only difference between the FLB-3 kit and FLB-4 kit is the size of the included lightbox. The FLB-4's lightbox is huge!

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