Hello Friends.
By NO stretch of the imagination am I an actual photo-expert.

However, I have experimented with ideas my wife and father had
each shared with me a few years ago.  And lately ... with some of my
most-recent "Kuztomz" project-threads, I've been offered some further
imaging help ... information I didn’t have earlier.  I had also been sent a
a couple of PMs asking how I lighted my subject(s) while imaging them.

So okay ... I’m very happy to help (as best as I can), and share information.

... And away we go ...

If you have access to Halogen fixtures, you can hunt down (a bit hard to find)
"SOL-LUX" (very bright white), or "LUMI-LUX" (blue-ish white) MR-16 bulbs.

When you mix either (or both) of those with normal "pure white" Halogens, you end up
with a subtle blend of full-spectrum light.  Almost like sunlight.  But ... if installed within
track-light fixtures, you're able to "pin-point-direct" the light-beams where you want them.

... Below ...
An image taken within the glow of that Halogen mix, mentioned above ...

Sunlight ... the best.  Hard to beat.  But be careful ...  glare and reflections can cause
depth-of-field light-to-dark contrast issues.  No matter how good your camera might be.
Other than that, it's awesome, with most any paint color, or any amount of chrome detail.
(( Be aware of sunlight-heat ... it helps to shade your subject while making set-up changes. ))

... Below ...
An image taken within the glow of direct late-morning sunlight ...

LEDs ... absolutely wonderful.  One nifty, in-expensive trick ... use LED Christmas light strings.
When you mix cool-white sets (blue-ish white, again) with multi-color sets ... *ZING* ... you get
full-spectrum-true-color lighting.  While choosing any multi-color set, try your very best to locate
"Christmas House" or "LED Forever" brands.   In some of their newer sets, you might find the
ultra-rare but very-effective 7-color LED rainbow ...
(yup, a true Yellow)
(honest, a true Pink)

... if you want more of a bright moon-light effect, use an extra set of cool-white LEDs.  Possibly
a set of blue LEDs, too.  You'll be able to set up the light-sets in any "array" which works
best for your particular photo session.  Strung up in layered "light-rings" over- head ...
or strategically located where you you need them ... best-placed, for desired effect.

Also ... cool-white LED flashlights work well as "spots", to pin-point the light-beam
where you feel it would offer the most profound "spot-light" illumination.

... Below ...
An image taken within the glow of LED "light-rings"
and a cool-white LED flashlight, as mentioned above ...

NOTE ...
Unless you're creating an image with a specific background-effect (as in a diorama),
you might also find this to be very very important ... your chosen background color.

I almost always choose bright-white.  I also prefer some small bit of glare-reflection,
 for a dazzle-effect.  Guess what I use.  White tall kitchen trash bags.  SURPRISE !!
Some of them, taped up as the vertical back-drop.   Three horizontal layers for the
surface and 'surround' ... securely weighted or taped-down at the corners.

It's best to use a tri-pod ... no shutter-shake when the system opens to take the image.
Especially when capturing meticulous detailing, by using an up-close 'macro' setting.
It also allows for hands-free operation, to hold lights and pin-point them, if needed.

As you take each image, check to see which light-setting on your camera brings you
the most-preferred image-result ... I usually take images with various light-settings,
then I'll delete all but the specific images I like best.  Best color.   Best detail.  Best
overall image-quality.  (( At least, as "best" as I currently know how to achieve. ))

... Below ...
An image showing the results of the reflective white background / 'surround'
color-effect I’ve mentioned above.
As well as the results of using a tripod ... (in 'macro' setting, with direct sunlight) ...

I hope these ideas will be helpful to you.  They're working well for me.
If any of you have some other helpful photo-ideas (or questions), PLEASE
feel free to share (or post) them within your replies to this discussion.

Thank You for your valuable viewing-time.
... CHEERZ ...







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Hey Everyone ...

I was reminded of something else.

Another helpful idea (and  information),

kindly offered by a good friend.



If your camera has a Timer-Delay (10-20-30-second,

for example) it can prove very useful in various ways

when taking your images.   Also, you might still be able

to see the image on its built-in screen, depending on

where you wish to stand once your set-up is ready.


hands-free ...

... in case you want two 'spot' lights,

holding one in each hand.


... in case you want to hold your subject,

while  the image is taken.


... in case you want to make quick final

pose-changes to the set-up.


no shutter-shake ...

... since no one is touching the camera

when its image-systems open.


no shadow intrusion ...

... since you can move aside from the

system set-up; if by accident (standing too

close) you might cast a shadow over your subject.




Some new-generation cameras have cool features,

which allow you to use your computer's larger screen

as your real-time photo monitor.   Some use a USB cable

for their link-up ... more-advanced cameras may have the

ability to link-up via a BlueTooth wireless signal.

I imagine the wireless link-up is also intended

for the newer “cloud”-based computers.




Best success to you, with your imaging-endeavors.

... CHEERZ ...








Friends ...

On another forum site,

another customizer posted a reply

to the duplicate of this thread, recently created in that site.


He offered 2 other ideas ...

white poster-board, curved from horizontal-to-vertical,

supported by available secure surfaces.

Plus ... white cloth "filters", placed very carefully

in between the photo-light-source, and the subject(s)

set-up to be photographed.




Two excellent ideas ... the curved poster-board

works amazingly well. It can also be employed

as a "support" for the large white trash bag.


Those cloth filters can be strategically used to

"diffuse" the light ... which could be very helpful

with improving contrast-balance.



... CHEERZ ...



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