Photography: Not my strong point.

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.

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3 Responses to Photography: Not my strong point.

  1. LianYL says:

    Take figurine shots under natural light, sunlight that is. Shoot from different angles and not just adhere to the front side bus, I mean front side and back. Use white sheets of paper to reflect the sunlight onto the figurine and you should get some pretty nice results.

    This is a site with beautiful figurine pictures:


  2. baudattitude says:

    That makes sense. The next time we have a sunny day here, I’ll give that a try. Thanks!


  3. David says:

    I prefer available-light photographs almost all the time, and for more than just figures and objects, for people too.

    The ideas in the first post are great, and there’s one other, Fill-in-flash. When your background is bright and your figures/family are in shadow or otherwise lit from behind use the flash or the fill-in-flash setting to knock out the shadow like using the reflectors in the first post above, it balances the light and gives a lovely look.

    The best examples I have to hand is of a model in her knickers, so sorry about that, but you can see the backlighting and the result of the flash:

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