Happy New Year guys!
I haven’t updated since last year November. Wow.
It’s not that I’ve forgotten, I’ve been too busy last December. 🙁
Since I promised that I’ll be posting how I made my last shoot (No Face), here it is!
I first made the diorama itself starting with the ground.
It’s just an illustration board, then I paper mache’d it to add texture!
Next is the gravestones, they’re just made of styrofoams and then paper mache’d.
There are 27 of them in total, I think I made too much. D:
Once they’re dry, I just painted them with gray poster color.
I don’t have a photo of the setup for the first day so I’ll just describe it. I tried to make it look like a graveyard by placing the gravestones randomly then used warm white LED christmas lights as a light source. Sometimes I would use a white lamp but it didn’t work with the xmas lights so I opted for just the xmas lights as a light source.
I placed ice miku as the test figure first. Also, I make a lot of test shots. I tend to shoot the same pose at different angles then choose what I like most at the post-processing stage.
I then tried a different white balance, opting for a “cool” tone. Changing the white balance of a shot can greatly affect the final JPEG image. I’m a RAW + JPEG shooter so it doesn’t matter much to me but I still like to see what White balance is better.
The cooler white balance wasn’t good though so I returned to using a warm white balance.
Here are the shots for Day 1.
Click the image for the flickr HQ resolution. I wasn’t satisfied with how the photos turned out. I didn’t like the light given by the Christmas lights themselves, so I did a re-shoot the next day.
This time, I used a combination of candles and Christmas lights as light source. Here are the first few test shots. Click the image for the flickr HQ resolution.
Along the way I would change the placement of the Christmas lights, either making them further away or nearer or making them clump together or spread.
The last few shots shows the result when I opened the lights on my room. It overpowers the Christmas lights and candles so I opted for the later. You’ll see that along the way I also changed the white balance to a warmer tone; which, in my opinion, greatly enhanced the test shots. It shows the importance of good white balance!
After that I loaded most shots to my computer, chose the ones I liked, and post-processed them.
If you have some more questions, don’t hesitate to comment below. 😀