I’ve only been taking pictures for a few months, so I’m not all that expert at photography. My photoshoots are mostly trial and error (a lot of trials and almost as many errors) as I shoot off a few pictures, change a setting, shoot more pictures, and then transfer them to my computer to examine what’s different.
I’ve wanted to experiment with a light-colored background as an alternative to the black cloth that I use for most of my pictures. I tried using a sheet of white muslin as a backdrop in some of my earlier pictures, but the results were so poor that I’ve stuck with the black background. Years ago, I read an article detailing how to build a lightbox, and I tried it out then and it didn’t work too well for at least a couple of reasons: one, I only had one lamp, and two, I had no idea what white balance and exposure were.
Meronpan wrote of his struggles with getting a pleasing white background, and that reminded me of the lightbox I had improvised for my Kaguya Nanbu pictures. I wasn’t sure if I liked the lightbox photos, but I only had 60 watt bulbs available, and I wondered if more robust lighting might improve my pictures.
I had to go take my car for an inspection today and as providence would have it the gas station I went to was next to a Lowe’s, so I picked up some new light bulbs. Equipped with 100W bulbs, I took some more pictures of the two figures I most recently reviewed and subjected them to an unhealthy amount of Photoshop.
I like how the details of the figure are easier to see on the white background than the black cloth, but I’m equivocal as to how the white background actually appears. It looks remarkably like a sheet of off-white posterboard, which is of course what it actually is. I wonder where I can find a large sheet of sturdy, high-gloss white paper.
I used the box to take a bunch of pictures of Griffon’s Kanu Uncho, which will be my next figure review. Here she is in a pose of regal dignity and comportment. Classy indeed.