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    Photographing your Figures

    Greetings,

    An interesting side-effect of my new hobby of collecting 1/6 scale figures has been that I am also enjoying taking photographs of my collection with various backgrounds, lighting, and of-course poses. But my setup is pretty make-shift and all my camera is just my cell phone (Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge).

    So I'm wondering what other people are using for their photography. What cameras, tri-pods, lighting rigs, etc... I've bought computers and peripherals from B&H Photo and as such I have one of their very thick catalogs of cameras and photographic equipment. But if there's another source people frequent I would love to hear about it.

    Thanks in advance!

    --Foligatto

    Here's a few of my back-yard attempts at photography using my Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, various laser pointers and lights, and my Star Wars LEGO collection in the background (which is yet another hobby of mine).

    Wade heard Wanda was in town.


    Took this image with Captain America - Civil War playing in the background on my tablet. Shined a laser pointer in Wanda's hands to give them the glow.


    Nat heard Deadpool was in town looking for Wanda and wanted to make sure he was kept in check.


    Nat and Wanda both heard that Thor was in town promoting his new Ragnarok trailer. So they all decided to pose for the paparazzi.


    Tony heard that Nat and Wanda were partying with Thor. So he slipped into his Mark III Stealth to crash the party. (Mjolnir gets a blue laser pen.)


    More harmless posing for the camera.


    After a few too many libations, Tony and Thor fight over who's better: AC/DC or Led Zeppelin.


    Whoa looks like this fight is getting serious!


    Where's Cap when you need him?

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    Re: Photographing your Figures

    Well your phone is quite up to the task i think. If you want a stand for it look for the iZound tripod stand or something similar.

    https://www.walmart.com/ip/Portable-...oX0143tKMAPYu4









    One is bigger than 1/6 scale, but that does'nt matter !

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    Re: Photographing your Figures

    For serious photoshoots, particularly outdoors I use my Canon 400DSLR with or without a tripod depending on where I've got them set up. I tend to only use that if I have them on my desk though...





    ...but for everyday shoots I just use my iPhone 5, often with Instagram to jazz them up a bit.



    J

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    Re: Photographing your Figures

    Very impressive, all of you!
    You are
    What you do
    When it counts---The Masao
    - Ryan Bonaminio lived his life this way -

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    Re: Photographing your Figures

    Thanks for the tips, everyone.

    Quote Originally Posted by Lynkhart View Post
    For serious photoshoots, particularly outdoors I use my Canon 400DSLR with or without a tripod depending on where I've got them set up. I tend to only use that if I have them on my desk though...
    I've been a big fan of Canon since the 80's when they first introduced their EOS line with the 650. I was able to play around with it but back then I was a high school kid who simply couldn't afford a high end camera like that. They sure have come a long way since then, and I'm definitely not a broke teenager any longer...though my wife still thinks I'm 13 at times.

    With all the myriad of models currently out there, does anyone have any recommendations on a specific EOS model...or it's current successor?

    My wife uses a Sure Shot which actually produces some really good photos. If the features and quality were good, I'd also consider a Sure Shot or even a (Nikon) Cool Pix...if anyone out there had recommendations on specific models from those product lines.

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    Re: Photographing your Figures

    As a pro I'm tempted to enter in a deep and prolonged debate that will surely be an overkill: I'll spare you all about it!
    All the DSLRs have double standards: pro and consumers, particularly on their lenses' quality...
    At the moment my fav camera for taking pictures is the FUJIFILM X line, especially if you buy a model with interchangeable lenses: these are very fine lenses and their line has a constant quality. You can also mount vintage or modern Leitz or Zeiss lenses, and their X sensors are a notch above even on quite costly cameras.
    And here I leave you: think about it.

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    Re: Photographing your Figures

    what a useful topic, another interesting site for photographers Old Picture Restoration | Photo Restoration Services | Restoration Photo Especially if you are fond of old photos!

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    Re: Photographing your Figures

    I use my standard Canon Powershot (close-up), then Adobe PhotoElements to enhance imagery. LED lighting & diorama's definitely add to the photographs and figure diplays.




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    Re: Photographing your Figures

    I'd be interested in hearing some recommendations for other EOS models as my Canon 400D of ten years has finally reached retirement age, after one too many incidents of failure.
    *not a dude*

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    Re: Photographing your Figures

    Quote Originally Posted by Lynkhart View Post
    I'd be interested in hearing some recommendations for other EOS models as my Canon 400D of ten years has finally reached retirement age, after one too many incidents of failure.
    For still photography, any DSLR will do the job. Since you already own a Canon (and Canon lenses...) so go ahead for one Canon model that fits your budget. And also think about future use if you want to shoot sports go for a better model. But as I said, for still photography, any DSLR will do the job. Mount your camera on tripod for clear images with low iso in low light in case you don't shoot with strobe light like the pros.

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    Re: Photographing your Figures

    Well yeah, obviously. XD
    I was meaning did anyone have any recommendations for specific models, as I've not been in the camera buying game for a while.
    I'd mostly be shooting dolls/models and landscapes, with the occasional equestrian event.
    *not a dude*

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