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Tuesday, April 9, 2013

New Photo Setup

Since starting Gunpla by Goodguydan photographing my kits has become really important. However photographing my kits has also been really problematic because I hadn't found a photo setup that worked for me. After some prodding from more skilled/knowledgeable photographers I decided to pick up a soft light box. I purchased this soft light box from Amazon.com. 

I purchased this light box for four reasons.
  • It was cheap ($35), so if it didn't work out; I wouldn't be out too much money.
  • It's collapsable
  • It's very large; this is the 30 inch version
  • I could get it quickly with Amazon Prime
This is how it came packed. The black case is maybe the diameter or a basket ball. It comes packed with four different colored backdrops: black, white, blue and red. 


Hit the jump for the setup and photos.


Here's how my setup looks with the new soft box. I'll be the first to admit I have no idea what I'm doing...


I'm using 8 60W light bulbs with the soft box: 5 on a stand behind the box, 1 on either side of the box and one just below the light box. I setup a glass shelf as the base of the soft box.



Believe it or not that's the PG Strike + Aile Pack in the box. You could probably fit two PG Strike Freedoms completely stretched out in Extreme Burst Mode without a problem!



Here are some comparison photos taken using my old setup and with the new box. 

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The soft light box practically eliminates blown out surfaces on glossy paint.

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Overall I'm pretty happy with the new setup. I still need to find a less creased background; but otherwise I think the light box provides a better environment for photographing my completed kits.