Friday, July 18, 2014

Racing along...

Here's another comparison set of the Hangar 18 backdrops, using the Tomb Kings chariots as examples.  Starting out with the blue/white fade on the large backdrop...

The only way I could shoot this unit in the past was to tape together some pieces of larger drawing paper and retouch out all the irregularities.  So cool to just place the unit and snap the picture!

I have also noticed that I don't have to go through the same color corrections in the middle tones and highlights as I always had to... even though I am using the same camera and settings.

And this was certainly not possible before!  Having Settra right there with the Cavalry unit.

Comin' at ya!

One last view with the fade.

And then the same brown backdrop that I used in the last post.  It makes the same dramatic difference.

It does bring out certain colors and shade more.

It's also interesting to have the light color be behind the unit, instead of at the bottom.

That really changes the effect when you look at it from above like this.

The banners and weapons are more silhouetted, and the edge of the movement tray is now lighter.

This also seems to bring out the purples more.

So, more experiments to come!!


  1. I'm interested in your comment about color corrections! What kind of corrections do you usually have to do? Do you have to do other kinds using these backgrounds?

    I find photography fascinating, but I'm no expert. My understanding was that if all of your lights were the same colour temperature, and if you adjusted the White Balance properly on your camera, that your colours would appear correct in the final photograph.

    Or if using Auto White Balance, that the camera does its best to get the picture to average "grey". So unless there's a fluke, I would expect that you'd still have to correct the new images as well, just in a different way.

    1. The photo backdrops I used to use forced me to lighten the lights, as I mentioned. Since they were just printed paper, rather than the special texture of these photo backdrops, that is probably why.