Layman's Gunpla Guide - Kit Photography Tutorial

After all that work, cutting, building, priming, painting, lining decals, weathering, and the top coat, you're all done. Before you stands the latest addition to your collection. There's only one thing left to do, and that's show it off. Now you can't exactly go traveling the country randomly presenting it to passing strangers (well, if you really wanted to...) so you whip out your camera and snap a few shots. While everyone does kits their own way I feel that getting proper photos should be important whether it's a straight build or plethora of pla plate craftsmanship. Don't let anyone fool you, a $80 point and shoot will perform just as admirably as a $2000 DSLR when it comes to this task. Here a are a few basic tips to get you started...


Use a Tripod

I often see photos suffering from blur. When shots are blurry it's hard to see the details and properly appreciate the work being presented. There are two common issues for blurry photos and the first is a result of a slow shutter speed. Aside from adjusting your shutter speed you can alleviate the effect by utilizing a tripod. One can find cheap, regular sized tripods for $20 and mini travel sized ones for less than $10. With your camera attached to one you eliminate any natural body shake. If you don't want to pick up a tripod try setting your camera on a solid surface, such as a stack of books, or increasing the points of your body supporting the camera. The vibrations recorded while a camera is held at arms length are considerably larger than a camera supported by two elbows on a sturdy surface.

In addition consider using your camera's timer feature. Most cameras come with one these days. Letting a couple seconds pass between pressing the shutter and the actual exposure can make a big difference. Many tripods and mounts shift a tiny bit but will settle before the picture is taken.


Wounded ReZEL WIP Update 01

Built this guy a few weeks ago, finally had sometime to get started on it today. (Mainly because I've all but run out of paint for last pieces of my FA Unicorn) Anyhow, this is a short and simple attempt at a battle worn ReZEL inspired by the Unicorn episode two. While in the ep, the leg is severed at the knee, I thought that would be too easy. So I decided to cut (err, melt) at the thickest part.
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Full Armor Unicorn Prototype Ver. Introduction

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A while back I set into motion a rather ambitious project. A third MG Unicorn themed off of the Full Armor version. It's not going to have all of the bells and whistles though. It'll be toned down a little bit, but should be impressive none the less. It'll also feature a four toned paint job (white, light gray, gray, dark gray) and a brilliant metalic green for the psycho frame.

The End of Ngee Khiong, A Divided Community?

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The Lonely Man

Today was the beginning of a rather sudden end to Ngee Khiong, the leading source for Gundam and mecha related toy news on the internet. For as long as I can remember, having gotten back into Gunpla, I would visit Ngee Khiong on a daily basis (if not more than that). For the English speaking community there is no greater source for breaking news, price announcements, official & show photos, and even front running reviews. Unfortunately NK has decided to close down the site, leaving a giant gap in the community. Leaving a community shocked, saddened, confused, and angry. A community, apparently to blame.

1/48 Gundam, WIP Update #3

I really need to keep track of what updates I post here. Apparently all of my 1/48 Gundam status updates have different titles and different tags. Stupid me. Anyhow, here's my Mega Size 1/48 Gundam as it stands right now... WIP 8/15 WIP 8/15 Still lots of work to do. Plenty of lines need to be refinished, some of the gold and silver details need to be touched up, a little bit of weathering, and at some point a final top coat. You can find our review of this kit here.

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