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Old May 20, 2005, 3:59 PM   #1
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These guys here are the treasuresof my Transformers collection. This is one of the original characters from the 1984 show. I'm hoping to collect all of the figures and statues that has something to do with this character. I know it doesn't interest a lot of people, so thanks for looking.




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Old May 20, 2005, 5:39 PM   #2
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Hi, Alphie. Good composition and layout. I think the lighting is a little harsh and contrasty. You might try adding a little side or back lighting to fill in the dark shadows.

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Thanks Calr. Unfortunately I only have two lights to use for photography and there not the best kind, desk lamps. This is the best shot out of five that I took. Sucks not having any money. Hopefully I'll be able to get some good lamps in the future.

Thanks again for the comment. :-)
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Alphie, with one mat knife, one cardboard box, and one bed sheet you can make a light tent for diffusing your two lamps. Just cut the box so it stands like a table, then
drape a bed sheet over it but leave one end uncovered (for shooting through, of course), put in a backdrop such as poster board in any color of your choice, and shine one or two lights through the sheeting. The fabric diffuses the light, softening it and reducing blown-out highlights.

You can also use flashlights as if they're spotlights.

No need to spend lots of money.

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Thanks, definitely have to try that out!
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i'm with you alphie...i can't afford spending 500 bucks on studio lights...

i found a little technique...that has served me well

i just use a flashlight...with a long exposure (usually used 8 second :-p )

and literally 'flash' the subject..

when you change the direction, how long you flash, where you flash from, that sort of thing will change the way the light shows..

this usually works well, for blacking out the background, and giving nice sidelighting..

i'd go with barbara's idea for low contrast lighting though

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Old May 21, 2005, 1:32 AM   #7
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Wow, I'm getting so much suggestions. This is awesome! Thanks Vito, I'll try that.
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i just use a flashlight...with a long exposure (usually used 8 second :-p )
Vito, it's called "painting with light." It's an extremely old and wonderful technique, but Alphie, be warned that it takes practice and requires enough patience to take multiple shots of the same thing.

Also, Alphie, you can "bounce" the light by reflecting it off a piece oflight-colored board, cloth, or who knows what. Thus, the lamp isn't directed at the object but at the board, which is angled so the reflected light falls on the subject.

Vito, you can soften the light from a flashlight. Cover it with thin fabric.

And while I'm here blathering on: lighting the subject, then switching off the light during the exposure and moving the subject, then switching the light back on for the rest of the exposure is the digital equivalent of a double exposure. Requires very good planning and well-oiled joints.

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Barbara,

Wonderful shot of cut-out cardboard box. I can see why you treasure it.

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Old May 21, 2005, 3:07 PM   #10
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I'll have you know that I'm the reincarnation of Picasso. You obviously don'tappreciate cubistic genius.

:blah:Back atcha.

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