There is a saying in the modeling industry: “A good model is worse than a good shot.” This is actually quite ironic, because the truly professional manual model making requires a series of extremely cumbersome operations such as nozzle polishing, washing parts, spraying, brush washing, dry sweeping, matting, and water stickers. The construction period can be as short as one hour. One month or longer, and the relatively simple model element group is only the element group, generally as short as 1 day or as long as 3 days. But you never expected that the final photo presentation, it is likely that the effect of the simple element group process far exceeds that of professional spraying. Where is the problem? If you just compare photos, professional spraying may only lose in the photo shooting step. As an ordinary player, Mr. S often beats professional players by “deception”.
Many model players complain that the model is well done but the photos are not good, because they are always naive to think that the mobile phone can take a random photo, which can be compared with other SLR cameras. It’s 2020. Everyone must clearly realize that SLR always ranks first when it comes to the professionalism of photos.
The above two pictures can be enough to explain , A quick shot indoors, a mobile phone is never better than a SLR. So a good camera is a must for model players. I have been using Nikon D750 to take pictures of models.
Recently, the Nikon D610 has a big promotion. There is no doubt that the overall performance of the D610 is also very good, but compared with the D750, the most unbearable thing is that it does not have a folding screen or a flip screen. Because I personally don’t like taking low-angle photos while squatting or lying on my stomach, a camera that supports overhead and vertical shooting is the foundation of the foundation. I also fancy this advantage when I bought D750.
The Nikon D750 SLR can really be described as classic, and its performance is not lagging behind. The full-frame SLR has a 24.32 megapixel sensor and a 51-point autofocus system equipped with a Multi-CAM3500II autofocus sensor module. The native sensitivity is ISO 100-12800, which is very reliable for shooting models, and it is more than excellent.
The back of the fuselage is ready, so what lens do we use? In fact, I would recommend AF-S 24-120mm f/4G ED VR. This is the D750 kit lens and one of the most versatile Nikon golden circle lenses. Of course, there are good camera lenses. I will use another on-camera flash when indoors. Nikon SB-900 or SB-910 are a good choice. If the budget is lower, you can buy a domestic flash.
as shown above, this is the final rendering Model photos. Choose a clean background as much as possible. I usually use F/8 aperture for parameter adjustment, because this will get the best picture quality and fineness. ISO 100 and shutter 1/160 or slower, remember to use 1/1 full light output for the on-camera flash, as long as there is a white wall in the home, just flash the lamp head towards the white wall. If you still don’t understand, you can take a look at the picture below.
Do not think that the indoor light seen by the human eye is sufficient, and you should mistake it for the camera to have sufficient light. This is why we need to fill light. And fill light does not need all kinds of lampshades, the white wall in our house is the strongest softshade. Therefore, the final model photos are very soft under the diffuse reflection of light, and the overall texture is greatly improved.
The above are general shooting methods. If you are bold enough, you can also use the off-camera flashing method to add a little light effect to the model photos. Let’s take a look at the renderings first——
The creative idea at the beginning of the shooting was to simulate the impact of the glare when the sun was rotating on the left in the universe. I used the bracket to prop up the model, put it in a pose, shot the model directly with a flash on the left side, and filled light with a reflector on the right side. Still a single light condition can get a good rendering. Of course, glare can be added later, but it is far from real light sources. Add an idea map below.
One of the important reasons why I don’t need a mirrorless camera to shoot a model is that the battery life of the SLR is very strong, so many studios choose SLR cameras. Although the D780, an upgraded version of the Nikon D750, is now on sale, I still adhere to the principle of buying the best machine at the cheapest price and taking the photos I want most. Nikon D750 has been with me throughout my modeling career and is a very good helper. I also hope that the above simple and practical shooting model methods can help everyone.
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