I have recently taken an interest into figure collecting. After taking some pictures of my figures I realized that I need to have proper lighting in order to take good pictures. With this said, I decided to build a set for taking pictures of figures or small items.
After doing some research I came to the conclusion that I would need the following items in order to build the set:
- Primary Light Source
- Secondary Light Source
- Various Backgrounds
For the table I am using the Lack Coffee Table from IKEA. The dimensions on this table are as follows:
Length: 35 3/8"
Width: 21 5/8"
Height: 17 3/4"
Though this table is only 17 3/4" high, it does provide adequate surface area for setting up the background, diffuser, reflector, primary light source and secondary light source. Additionally it has a shelf, which can be used to store backgrounds.
A diffuser is needed to soften the primary light source. In made a cheap diffuser by taping tracing paper to a 15 1/4" x 11" x 9 1/4" box from an AmiAmi order.
For the primary light source I wanted a bulb that would emit a natural color temperature After doing some research I found that a bulb would need to have a color temperature of 5000K-6000K in order to have a natural daylight appearance. Additionally, I wanted the bulb to be a compact fluorescent lamp to avoid generating heat that could cause damage to the figure. I chose a 60 watt equivalent, 5000K CFL from EcoSmart as it was the highest wattage 5000K CFL I could find.
For the lamp I chose the Gooseneck Desk Lamp from Room Essentials based on price, and light positioning flexibility.
The secondary light source is needed to reduce shadows caused by the primary light source. I chose a 40 watt equivalent, 5000K CFL from EcoSmart so that it would not be brighter than the 60 watt equivalent used for the primary light source. For the corresponding lamp I picked up the TERTIAL from IKEA. I highly recommend this lamp as its positioning and height can be adjusted on the fly with minimal effort. Furthermore as the lamp vices the table top, it does not have a base that will occupy space.
A reflector is needed to reflect light onto the figure to fill in and/or transition any shadows. I made a cheap reflector by folding a 22" x 28" white dry eraser poster board in half, using the glossy side to reflect the light.
I picked up various colors of 22" x 28" poster boards from Hobby Lobby for the photo backgrounds.
I am happy with how this photography set turned out and the lighting it provides. I will be using this set to for future blogs.
The following is a summary of details and prices for this items I used to build this photography set:
|15 1/4" x 11" x 9 1/4 cardboard box
22" x 28" Poster Board
|22" x 28" White Dry Erase Poster Board||262832||Pacon||Hobby Lobby||2.59|
|LACK Coffee table||000.950.36||IKEA||IKEA||19.99|
|TERTIAL Work lamp||203.703.83||IKEA||IKEA||8.99|
|tracing paper pad||-||up & up||Target||2.19|
|Gooseneck Desk Lamp||-||Room Essentials||Target||9.99|
|60W Equivalent Daylight (5000K) Twister CFL Light Bulb (4 Pack)||ES5M814450K||EcoSmart||THE HOME DEPOT||6.97|
|40W Equivalent Daylight (5000K) Twister CFL Light Bulb (2 Pack)||ES5M809250K||EcoSmart||THE HOME DEPOT||4.97|