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Discussion in 'Commercial/Product photography' started by Hooligan Dan, Jul 18, 2008.

  1. Hooligan Dan

    Hooligan Dan No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    When I'm not taking pictures of city council meetings, fires, and sports for work, I love sitting down and relaxing with an action figure shoot. Haven't seen anybody else here doing it, so I thought I'd share. If photojournalism doesn't work out for me promo shots for a toy company is me other career choice.

    Here's one I took today. C&C welcome.

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    Nikon D300
    ISO 200
    f/5.6 @ 1/10 sec
    SB-600 with green gel at 1/32 power
    Smith-Victor 200w continuous camera right w/shoot through brelly

    Thanks for looking guys. I'll post some more if anyone is interested.
     
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    I like that - the pose speaks of action occuring and there is mystery in the hand we cannot see. The overall green effect on the shot works well at creating a wooded area with canopy filtered light.
    Sharpness is spot on - though I wonder about the depth of field - I am getting this niggle that the arm in front would work better in focus rather then very slightly out of it - a smaller aperture possibly solve this? Course I understand the need to keep the background in this well blurred
    Very good shot and yes - lets see more! :)
     
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    Hooligan Dan No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Thanks! And looking at it I agree I could have used maybe a stop more dof. I try not to get much dof though when I shoot these because most of the time the backdrop, such as the trees in photo, are printed on matte paper and can look kinda funky if they are sharp.
     
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    Yah - I suppose you also cannot compensate by moving the screen back too far or else it won't blend with the foreground as well - a tricky area, but I can very much see the appeal to this sort of shooting - one where you have total control over camera, subject, lighting and background
     
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    I'm not sure how I feel about the forearm chopping, but honestly, the lighting had me so mesmerized, it took me a while to even see his arm. I really think you did well with the lighting here, and the green tones really carry this image. The only quibble I have with the lighting is that it seems to be a tad bit brighter in his midsection than anywhere else, but that could well be the action figure itself and its coloring. But yes, really nice work here, well done.
     
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    Thanks!

    The forearm cropping mainly comes from the printed backdrop not being wide enough to include the hand in the shot.
     
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    Josh66 Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    I guess that tells you what you're next project should be (...wider backdrop), lol.


    Love the green lighting!
     
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    Ooo... Love the setup and lighting! Very kewl!!!
     
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    Nice picture, you should give a shout to McFarlane toys. :)

    Notelliot...how did you find Caeser Lima? very interesting!
     
  11. Hooligan Dan

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    They already know about be. Todd himself has asked me for my portfolio. :D
    I don't want to live in New Jersey though. ;)
     
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    Haha!! Nice!
     

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