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Old 07-26-2021, 07:23 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Background color for my plane model pictures

In my most recent reviews, especially the last one, I think my photos are too dark. Especially the wheels of the DC4 are hardly visible.
This is not caused by a lack of light. The photos are taken in a "studio box", so just a big cube with silver paper on the inside and a lot of led bars inside, which can be dimmed to get the desired amount of light. During the foto sessions, there is really a lot of light in it.
Because of the short distance between the object and the camera, and the fact that I want the pictures to be as sharp as possible, the solution cannot be to open up the aperture of my camera (to get more light on my CCD), because that would reduce the depth of field.

However, when I bought the studio box I got three background colours with it: black (the one I have used until now), white, and light brown.
Using white is out of the question. Many aeroplanes are completely or partially white, and I see too often in photos you see in online shops that a white background is not a good choice in those cases. The photos are often overexposed, and you can hardly see the "dividing line" between the fuselage and the background. In fact, you can see the same phenomenon with my photos taken on a black background, but then with regard to the underside of the fuselage of the aircraft.
Despite the fact that I personally also notice, that the photos look much better when I view them on my tablet (it is my PC screen on which they are so dark) I decided to do a small test photo session with the brown background. You see the fotos below.

Personally I do not like that brown/caramelish colour. However, it is probably interesting from a practical point of view. Few planes are painted in this colour, which in most cases will result in a nice contrast between plane and background.

I also thought about buying the "GeminiJets 1:200 Airport Runway/Taxiway Mat". The advantage is, that it is very large (about 1 by 1.2 metres if I'm not mistaken), which in itself is sufficient for photos taken from above. It would make an interesting bottom-background, but then I would still need a matching background for pictures that are taken more horizontally...

I am interested in your opinions. Do I stick with black, continue with brown, or are we going to experiment with the Taxiway Mat?

Thanks for your input.

Cheers, Deephalo.

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