I'm sorry this took me so long to put out. Just the usual, got busy/distracted etc. What I want to do today is continue our discussion of camera settings and using backdrops with your figure. For this experiment I used regular pieces of 8.5" x 11" paper (Letter size in the States) as it is the kind of thing most of us have on hand. I just used some cheap 20Lb. (75g/m.sq.) For the white background. Some Parchment colored specialty paper that I used to use for printing out belt rank certificates and then 110Lb. (198.9g/m.sq.) card stock to print out some backgrounds I downloaded.
Camera and Settings
I chose to use my Nikon D5100 for this experiment. The things that remained constant were 18-55mm lens set at 55mm, Auto focus mode, VR stabilization on, A (Aperture Priority) Setting f16, Remote shutter control, on a tripod.
As mentioned above I used Plain White paper (Brightness 92), Parchment (not actual animal hide, but paper) and the Backgrounds from Wirelizard and Massive Voodoo. In fact it was at Massive Voodoo that I found another guide to photography that I, somehow, hadn't seen before. It seems that I could have saved myself a lot of work and just linked you guys to this series. Part 1, part 2. It looks like part 3, on post processing was never done, or at least I can't find it. Anyway more advice from some guys who appear to know their shit (as the saying goes). Perhaps a little contradictory of my findings in places, but interesting none the less.
I mainly used our old friend Nar. For the white background I also used Mr. Ouch, a Bretonnian man at arms I painted up for the challenge. I wish I had figures with a little more technique on them to show you, but I shipped those off to Curt. Let's pretend that the figures are world class painted and full of stunning detail. This experiment is more about the effects of the backgrounds on the image. To a lesser extent it is also about the camera settings.
Enough yakking, on to the pictures.
|HTC One X, WB: Incandescent, EV+1|
First experiment: Setting the White balance.
|All the same white piece of paper for background.|
Second: Exposure Value Test
|EV 0, +1, +1.3, +1.7, +2.0|
Third: Comparison with brighter colors.
|Again EV 0, +1, +1.3, +1.7, +2.0|
Fourth: Tan backgrounds
|White Paper, Parchment, Wirelizard Tan Gradient|
|Wirelizard Sea Blue, Blue and Blue Grey|
|Wirelizard Light Grey, Grey, Dark Grey, Black to Grey|
Seventh: Massive Voodoo Backgrounds
|Massive Voodoo Warm: Bright, Medium, Dark|
|Massive Voodoo Neutral: Bright, Medium, Dark|
|Massive Voodoo Cold: Bright, Medium, Dark|
I also played around with putting the "bright" spot behind the figure.
|Massive Voodoo Warm Bright Background upside down.|
Final Note: Post processing.
On all of these pictures I scaled the original down to 20% of its full size and stitched them together. The resolution was reduced from the native 300dpi to 72dpi to help display them on the web a little easier. The last photo was reduced to 20%, but left at 300dpi.
So, what do you think? Have I exhausted this topic for you? Are you keen to look into more staged/ diorama type shots? Post processing, interviews with other hobbyists who take good pictures? There is always more I could do, but I don't want to bore you or fill your head with so much info that you are worse off than before. Goodbye for now.