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My latest Robotime kit DIY video is up :squee:

I finally have finished Ada's Studio - which I bought in preparation for the Rapunzel nendoroid, due out this month :love:
I had a few questions about the latest 'Ballroom' background I have used for my Belle nendoroid.
So I have put together a quick video of how I did it :rose:

I have finished my latest DIY Kit "Millers Garden". It's a charming little kit - which I have already decked out for Halloween! Now to look toward Christmas decorations :santa:

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I've uploaded my latest DIY video; "Sam's Study" from Robotime :squee:

It's a super cute little kit, perfect for nendoroids and Cu-poche photos :love:
DIY 'Jasons Kitchen' kit is up on YouTube now Ouncey Bouncey Shmouncey 

This kit suits nendoroid and cu-poche (Cu-poche a little better, as they are taller!)
Its a great little kit to make, and very user friendly!! Please have a look if you're thinking of creating dioramas for your toys :blowkiss:

Behind the Scenes: Still Life

Thu Apr 26, 2018, 12:00 AM
Dear all,

Welcome to a new CRPhotography project wherein I will be shedding light on the behind the scenes process of your favorite photographs here on DeviantArt! Each month the series will sync with CRP's monthly theme. This month we are focusing on Still Life photography. We hope you enjoy this special insight into these amazing images!


barananduen 

Un Matin au Jardin by barananduen

1. Can you tell us how you determined the best location and the props for this shoot?

I started off with the macarons, and wanted to make some photos that gave the viewer the idea of having a dainty snack while sitting outside, in a flowery garden. You’d probably have some tea in such a scenario, so I took a look at my tea sets and selected one with colors that would complement the macarons. I had one with blue flowers, but I liked that this one would give it more color contrast, as well as pull in any reds from the background. The hydrangeas were selected to make a third instance of the purple/blue-ish tones.

Which brings me to the setting... The best way to show this “flowery garden” idea, given what I had available, was to bring the shot down low, as I found no tall, blooming plants, nor an outdoor table or sitting area, but there were some beautiful purple flowers blooming close to the ground, which would bring out the color of the macarons. Some pink flowers were growing on the ground, too, which you can see in the background on the right, and I thought they would work well with the design on the tea set.

Other than that, it was a matter selecting placement and angle, and waiting for the clouds to move so I could get the dappled lighting. XD

2. Could you tell us about the equipment you've used? 

My camera is a Canon EOS Rebel T5i / 700D, which I chose precisely because it has a nice little flip screen that makes taking on-the-ground photos so much easier. The lens is the Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM, which is actually one of the kit lens options for this camera body. That’s it for equipment, really. I don’t own a tripod, sadly, and although I wouldn’t have needed it for this particular photoshoot, when I feel like I do need one, I set my camera on a pile of boxes and books, whatever’s handy, and tilt the camera by sticking an eraser underneath the camera body - an eraser has a good grip, so the camera doesn’t slide. I normally shoot photos full manual, and this one was taken at 24mm focal distance, f/4 aperture, 1/100 sec. speed, and 200 ISO.

3. Could you briefly take us through the post-processing?

The first thing I did was crop it. The composition was essentially the same before cropping, and the percentages of teacup vs. greenery vs. background remained unchanged, as well; there was just more “bleed margin” around everything, so to speak. Once that was done, I used curves and then a little color adjustment, because it had turned out a bit too cool overall.

4. What would you say is the most challenging aspect of still life photography and how do you overcome these challenges?

Personally? Finding the props I need! Laughing Sometimes, I’ve even had to make them myself, which is fun, since I like sculpting and painting as well, so I do like to mix media like that when I have the chance. It can be something that’s just a detail, like “this scene could use some of this color,” and I have to make something for it; to something bigger, like creating the whole scene and all the props. However, this method takes a while, and sometimes I have to work over several days to prepare for a photo. This is especially true when I have to wait for paint layers to dry overnight, and then, when it’s all ready, wait for the time of day with the proper lighting conditions. In those cases, there’s not much that can be done to speed up the process. There are some scenes that I’ve had in my head for a couple of years, but that I still haven’t been able to create, due to not yet being able to get all the props for them, or getting them to work properly.



OrchidDolls 


Random thoughts . Anna and Elsa - Hanami by OrchidDolls

1. How did you acquire the props for such a beautiful miniature scene? Did you need to make them?

Some props were made by me, like the stone path, which was my first experience with porex (here you can see a 'making of' picture: www.instagram.com/p/BSYWsKiA6T… ), and some props were bought and customized to fit the scene, like the trees.

2. Could you tell us about the equipment you've used?  

I took this photo with my Canon EOS 5D Mark III, with my Canon 24-70mm f2.8 lens. Shutter: 1/400; Aperture: f/4.5; Focal Length: 70mm; ISO: 100.

I don't usually use a tripod because I feel more free when choosing the perfect angle for my photos


3. Could you briefly take us through the post-processing?

The first thing I did in this picture was adding more blurred flowers on the right, so Anna and Elsa would look more embraced by the trees with this "arch of flowers". This is the big secret in this picture!

The rest of the post-processing were color and temperature adjustments. The original shoot was taken during a cloudy day, which is great because the shadows look nice and soft, but on the other hand I had to intensify the colors and work to get some spring tones in the picture.


4. What would you say is the most challenging aspect of still life photography and how do you overcome these challenges? 

Making the figures stand on their own! Just kidding XD 

I think the most challenging aspect is to make the subject look alive. We know they're just toys but, in my opinion, this is what makes this kind of photography special, that a story is told with still objects. 

How do I overcome this challenge? I look at the pictures of my hobby fellows constantly. I do it because I really love this kind of photography, but also I learn a lot. 

Then, when I'm doing a photoshoot, I look all the photos in the camera and if I'm not happy with them, I go and take some more. I repeat this process until I'm done and then I clean the scene. This help me to relax and think "Ok, is this what I want to tell? And how I want to tell it?", and this is how I focus on the story and (try to) make the toys look alive.

zir0photo 


Apples for Hestia by zir0photo

1. How did you acquire the props for such a beautiful miniature scene? Did you need to make them?

I used to make most of my scenarios with my moms help. She has worked with arts and craft for many years already and she helps me with more detailed props. I also like to buy small objects like Nendoroid playsets or even use the props that come with the nendoroids already :) (Smile)Sometimes I have repainted wooden props or sourced props from the flea market/dollar store :)

I like to use a little bit of everything on my dioramas.


2. Could you tell us about the equipment you've used? (camera model, lens, filters, tripod, anything else?) 

I've used a Nikon 5300 with a 50mm 1.8 Lens for a year now. I rarely use tripod in my pics. 


3. Could you briefly take us through the post-processing?

I prefer to use editors like Lightroom and Photoshop. Normally I enhance the saturation and brightness of my photos, I’m still learning about editing techniques. Therefore I prefer to set up the photo and not rely to heavily on post processing.


4. What would you say is the most challenging aspect of still life photography and how do you overcome these challenges? 

One of the most challenging things with the scale is to bring the objects to 1:12 scale if we are talking about figmas or close to Nendoroid scale. It’s always a challenge but I prefer to look to anything in the real world and think about how to bring that to Figma/Nendoroid size! 



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ThePrincessRobotRoom Featured By Owner 2 days ago
Thanks for the Llama...an important part of life
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superalexapple Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2018  Student Digital Artist
sorry, i'm late to say
happy new year!!!!!!
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Ziecoco Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2017
Thank you for the llama! :3
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Luna1282 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2017  Professional Photographer
Thanks for the fav!  It is greatly appreciated.
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You're welcome :highfive: 
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Vorkad Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2017  Hobbyist
Are these 3d printed figures?
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Awesomealexis1 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
No these are figures from companies based in Japan :)
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superalexapple Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2017  Student Digital Artist
happy Halloweennnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn
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Awesomealexis1 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
I hope you had a lovely halloween dear!
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Redatomisk Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2017
I dont want to come off like I'm hating and i dont think what you do is adorable. I do. But i cant help but take a step back and realize how much time you must spend taking your figurines on scenic walks and beach trips.

It's probably more romantic than me and my wife.
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