Welcome to Part 1 of a 3 Part series concentrating on photography. I will be exploring problems encountered by myself from what is a less than amateur start, to what will hopefully evolve (article and through photo evidence) into something decent that anyone can emulate. What i am hoping is that these articles give insight into the thought process of someone with zero previous photo experience, and how improvements made within this mindset...
Improving my photography is fast becoming my number 1 obsession for 2010. When I started this blog at the start of 2008 I was limited to very bad lighting (usually the main room light), no lamps or was at the whim of seasonal changes i.e I could only photograph during summer…in the U.K..
As you can imagine, early pictures were very grainy or filled with shadows (at the time I did not even know these were issues to look for!), and as 2009 rolled in I re-shot a lot of the existing galleries, taking the coloured cardboard background approach. While this style of photography helped me to learn, it did not solve lighting issues as again I was limiting myself to seasonal sunshine and inconsistent photographs Examples below:
Hellgirl is a much later photo shoot and in my opinion better than Igunis, however one point of contention is the fact that both photos were taken at the same time of day (both of which were sunny) in the outdoor conservatory. Now whilst background has a great deal to do with the results, my point is the lack of control over the lighting.
In a bid to control the conditions in which I photograph, I invested the Tamiya Portable studio which at the time was the cheapest solution to indoor photography. The clip on lamps are using day light bulbs but with a lack of light shades, I think the bulbs area of light projection is not being used properly and that most of the light is escaping the light box (if someone could verify this I would appreciate it!)
Last weekend I picked up some supplies for new and more stylish photo shoots, but my main worry is that despite the new materials, my lack of being able to control the lighting is going to make the photos turn out poor. I am debating the use of Spot bulbs and the existing mini clip on lamps, but another option is to go ahead and order 3 new clip on lamps with Spot bulbs…choices, choices. At the end of the day it is a case of cost and efficiency, while it’s all to easy to say “buy” professional spot lights, at £150+ per light and the need to keep everything as portable as possible, suffice to say this is not an option. Or perhaps the problem itself is not the bulbs but the light box? does the box allow too much light to escape the trapping area? There are still many questions that are unanswered for me but I feel these are things I will pick up as I progress and not something I read from and apply.
So thats it for part 1 of my 3 part analysis of Photo Woes. In part 2 I will be concentrating on how to take steps from clinical looking photos to exciting prop filled dioramas using ideas and influences from ym model making experience.
As always comments are welcome, thanks for reading