Trying to figure out how to take decent pictures of toys high quality anime figurines so I can be a right proper camwhore has been bugging me.
Here’s a couple of examples, in this case using a “Shadow Lady” statue. I really don’t remember much about the Shadow Lady manga… there was something about a shy girl with a magical compact, who could use it to transform into a not-so-shy thief who also liked to wear a lot of skin-tight outfits and had a little devil sidekick. Also, I think she may have been in a love triangle or two, depending on which form she was in.
We’re not talking high concept literature here, but I remember it being a pretty fun read, and of course it had that glorious Masakasu Katsura (I”s, Video Girl Ai, Wingman, so on and so forth) artwork.
I got a bit off track there. Anyway, it was a nice looking figure and had lots of detail to it so it seemed like it would be a good test subject.
Here’s the Shadow Lady figure using the camera’s built-in flash:
This turned out kind of washed-out. I feel like I lost details, and it casts a really harsh shadow. It LOOKS plastic. Of course, it IS plastic, but that’s not the point.
And here’s the figure without using the flash, but with putting a light behind the camera aimed at the figure.
Much less washed-out and I’ve lost the harsh shadows, but at the same time, there’s a lot of grain and the figure is trying to blend in to the background.
So I’m a bit stuck. I think that losing the flash was definitely the way to go, it might just be that I need more ambient light to make that work.