Here is what I use nowadays for most of the shots :
1) A lightbox: (to eliminate shadows and harsh lights)
Unless the toys are extremely big, most pictures are taken within a lightbox that I built with plastic square profiles of 2.5 x 2.5 x 50 cm. and connecting pieces. I use metal pegs at different heights and a white or black K-line foam board of 50 x 70 cm. to adjust the height of the object.
|General layout of lightbox (built from scratch)|
|The black connecting pieces allowing to make my "cube"|
These white plugs are originally child-protection plugs for electrical outlets.
I use them to fix the vertical part of my backdrops (colored cardboard)
Metal screw-in eyelets at 12.5 and 22 cm. from base so I can raise
or lower my foam board - background is heavy colored cardboard that
is clipped to foam board to have a seamless transition.
|Unit with white drape and tripod for camera|
Lighting comes usually from only one side or top - with Ikea TERTIAL
work-lamp and "white" 100W low-energy lightbulb. I can work shadows and
make light-effects on my background by positioning the light before, on top or slightly
behind the object
I use a CANON EOS 600D with a 18-55mm lens (the standard one you get when you buy such a camera)
Usually, all pictures are taken using tripod, remote control (to avoid any movement - you can also use the timer function - this allows for longer apertures without the blurry effect) and no flash whatsoever.
Settings used are :
1) no flash
2) Macro / no flash with UV-light setting
I have a LED light-ring and I did some experiments with this, but since most toys are shinny plastic this tends to bounce back right away on the pictures.
I re-work all pictures in Picassa before posting them on the blog - with crop / straighten functions and other light and some other artistic effects. I do find that the "LOMO" function on Picassa has a great effect to warm up the colors when needed.
For example :
|Lomo - effect|
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