Photo setup 1 – a simple plain background

This topic is posted to support a current thread on the Maine On2 Yahoo! group.

One of the things that makes preparing pictures for this blog easier is if the subject has a simple plain background.

Take this picture as an example;-


This is an example of what we call a “model documentation” type picture, where the aim is to show the model and it’s details. Note how a plain background does just this.

Note also the dust spots shown by the yellow arrows – which only appear when the DSLR that took this picture is used in aperture priority mode and takes pictures at f/32.

And here’s a picture showing the wider view of how that was achieved;-


Note that the background and base to the model are clean sheets of white paper, as used by the computer printer. The background sheet is held in position by Scotch tape and a cardboard box (on edge). The base sheet is held in place by the weight of the model, supported by a familiar box from an SRCS kit, and drapes down to the table, giving a soft rolled over edge.

The lighting is simple summer sunlight, as shown by the garden behind.




2 thoughts on “Photo setup 1 – a simple plain background

  1. Even better: use a single, larger sheet of background paper which curves behind the model as well. And use a piece of white cardboard to reflect light under the car, to show off the trucks and other details. This is always a problem area in railroad photos as details are dark to begin with and then hidden in shade..

    • Hi Lennart,

      Your comments are quite valid, and maybe anticipate the next posting(s) in this topic.

      As my aim of the thread on the Yahoo! group was to try to encourage those members harbouring older models and kits who appear reluctant to take and share pictures for publication here, then a subsidiary aim is also to show how I use simple ready to hand materials to take my own pictures. I am no photography expert, but have developed my own methods to suit the recording of models, kits and other items for this blog.

      My personal experience has shown that the use of standard size paper (A4 in Europe, Letter in USA) is simpler than larger sheets, and is easier to obtain.


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