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#1 OFFLINE   acisne

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Posted 16 June 2011 - 09:42 AM

Some have asked to see my photo booth and here it is. I tried the PVC-pipe/white sheet set up, the Ikea laundry hamper... but this has given me my best results and the cheapest cost to do.
It is a white construction paper sheet curled up on a wall, a cheap clip-on light with a bright-white fluorescent bulb, a tripod, and a white construction board that I move/angle around to give the model the best light possible. Really low tech and cheap!

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Posted 16 June 2011 - 09:48 AM

Nice, thanks for posting. I have to figure out how to do a similar backdrop because I want to post pics of my collection.

What is the deal with the headlight lensing? It looks like machine guns sticking out of them. ; )

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Posted 16 June 2011 - 01:49 PM

Nice one Al, your  pics are always so clear....  just goes to show that simple is often best!!   :icon_scratch:

Being cheeky now. give us a clue.....I see the camera mount is up really close, do you use macro mode, or 'super-macro' or aperture priority, timed release or what??  I can never remember what works for me on my camera, so have to take several pics to get an acceptable one....  :giggle:

Even then I always have to lighten the pic in PhotoDeluxe....  :occasion14:

Oh, and also, what camera do you use?  :10:

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Posted 16 June 2011 - 02:15 PM

Eddy, I have an old camera that is for "diecast-only" use, an Olympus C-5500 Zoom. It is only a 5.1MP. I use the manual mode on S-mode, at F8 stop and 80 iso. The lighting is set for white fluorescent. I take the pics at 2592x1944 and reduce them in IrfanView down to 1000x800, but do not play with them at all besides reducing them.   :giggle:

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Posted 16 June 2011 - 02:30 PM

View Postacisne, on 16 June 2011 - 02:15 PM, said:

Eddy, I have an old camera that is for "diecast-only" use, an Olympus C-5500 Zoom. It is only a 5.1MP. I use the manual mode on S-mode, at F8 stop and 80 iso. The lighting is set for white fluorescent. I take the pics at 2592x1944 and reduce them in IrfanView down to 1000x800, but do not play with them at all besides reducing them.   :giggle:

Well it certainly does the biz IMO...   :10:

Thanks for the tips/info....I think I'll try messing with my F stop and my 'white' settings a bit more!   :icon_scratch:




Just one more question tho'..... you GOTTA let me know where you got that yellow/red V-rod!!  :lol:   :occasion14:

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Posted 16 June 2011 - 02:39 PM

I bought it while on vacation at the Orlando/Downtown Disney Harley Davidson store about 4 years ago. It is a Maisto and not an Ertl.
Don't know if the store has a website, but they were stacks of them and I wish I would had bought more as I have never seen another one.
http://www.sharingfl...town-disney.php

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Posted 16 June 2011 - 02:51 PM

View Postacisne, on 16 June 2011 - 02:39 PM, said:

I bought it while on vacation at the Orlando/Downtown Disney Harley Davidson store about 4 years ago. It is a Maisto and not an Ertl.
Don't know if the store has a website, but they were stacks of them and I wish I would had bought more as I have never seen another one.
http://www.sharingfl...town-disney.php

Well congrats on the find Al, she sure is purdy!!  :giggle:

(sorry to hijack your thread (!) but this one has made me see the 'V' in a different light...oops...slippery slope!!!  :icon_scratch: )

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Posted 16 June 2011 - 02:53 PM

Anything I can do to help you spend money!   :giggle:

Here is a thread on the bike:
http://www.diecastxc...d-maisto-v-rod/

I don't think it was an exclusive to them, but I have never seen it anywhere else.

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Posted 17 June 2011 - 04:19 AM

Your laundry bag set-up worked wonders for my photos, but this is even simpler so I'll give it a try. Thanks for sharing!

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Posted 17 June 2011 - 04:46 AM

Cool photos dude
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Posted 17 June 2011 - 09:24 AM

View Postcarbonsigma, on 17 June 2011 - 04:19 AM, said:

Your laundry bag set-up worked wonders for my photos, but this is even simpler so I'll give it a try. Thanks for sharing!
Thanks!   :occasion14: I think it is all in the light bulb. The bright white bulb matched to the correct setting on the camera is what did it for me. The regular fluorescent bulbs were too yellow.

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Posted 17 June 2011 - 11:06 AM

View Postacisne, on 17 June 2011 - 09:24 AM, said:

Thanks!   :occasion14: I think it is all in the light bulb. The bright white bulb matched to the correct setting on the camera is what did it for me. The regular fluorescent bulbs were too yellow.

Hmmmmm... interesting tip....I've got a few of the 'blue' daylight bulbs.....i'll give 'em a go.... :mad2:

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Posted 17 June 2011 - 11:14 PM

Here is a picture with a solar blanket as a background. What ya'll think?

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Posted 18 June 2011 - 02:33 AM

Interesting idea Al....

I am feeling the relative chaos manifested in the creases and reflections of the unusual substrate accentuates the solid form and therefore enhances the identity of the model...and thus is a celebration of mankind's mechanical achievement versus the organic diversity of mother nature..... :mad2:

Know what I mean - IMO it works well!  :occasion14:

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