Toy Photography - Test

Posted: Sunday, June 24, 2007 by Shaun in

Tried William's tips on toy photography and here are the results of my experiment so far.

Still seeing some noise in my photos. Learnt that it's necessary for my cam's exposure to be left at '0' for close ups and at least '1.0' or '1.5' for full body shots. Will be experimenting with different distance of light sources later on.

Many thanks to William for the tips!



  1. Picture 2 looks rather ok.
    The rest are a tad overexposed with background too distractingly bright, its the white from the light tent material?
    You used overhead lighting?
    Try both as side lighting.

    You have got rather correct exposure, but the background should be changed to grey.
    About overexposure, do not adjust the exposure compensation value too much, else your whole image will look too washed out. Try manipulating the intensity of the light source by moving the lamps slightly further away. The hair should look dark grey or black. The bright spots nearing the parting of the hair suggests overexposure and is rather distracting.

    I have grossly edited your pic (without permission) to demonstrate how it will look if the background is not too bright and when the light intensity is not too strong, thus the hair looks accurately dark. The whole idea is to make the figurine looks less 'plastic'. Try manipulating the direction and distance of light to get the 'right' effect (like picture 2 which had good shadows and highlights). Viewing the preview on your camera LCD might not be the most acccurate, but it gives a good idea of the how it will turn out.

    Edited picture 3

  1. Shaun says:

    thanks my Pro Bro for the detailed explaination and the example provided. Will try the tips you recommended at the next shoot. Thanks!

  1. jes says:

    heyy!! i dreamt about you and wp!! i dreamt you had a baby girl and you named her DONITA!!!


    anyway she was rather cute and intelligent.

    btw, give some thanks for the tent man!

  1. Shaun says:

    Donita! what nonsense!

    She's gonna be named Isabelle and it goes without saying that she'd be cute and intelligent like her God Ma!

    Eh I did give thanks in on of my earlier comments lah, God Ma.

  1. Laurens says:

    looks like im getting another pro

  1. Shaun says:

    I will whup your candy ass. There can be only one pro bro