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Kylo Ren and Sith Trooper

By Gordonsimpson
I took this in my back garden of 2 6" action figures. This was just a practice to see if I could edit the lightsabre.
Any feedback gratefully received.

Tags: Star wars Humour and fun toy photography action figures

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dudler Plus
19 1.9k 1947 England
8 Dec 2019 8:54AM
Well, the first question is whether you think you succeeded in editing the light sabre...

Recognising that was the primary mission, I'll comment on a couple of general points which are worth working on if you plan to do more such images.

First, use a tripod and a smaller aperture: the shutter speed will be able ot stretch to several seconds, then, and you will have enough depth of field to make sure that the figures are sharp. You can also reduce the ISO a bit. Although the later Alpha 7 bodies, like yours, handle high ISO well, there's no point in pushing things when you don't need to.

And you may want to have a really long exposure, and use a torch to 'light paint' the scene - use a small torch and point it at different parts of the subject for varying lengths of time, allowing you to have uneven illumination, if you want it. The resutls can be spectacular.

A final thought is that it's clearly best to avoid intrusive clutter round the edges - out of focus leaves at the bottom of the gframe, in this case.

For my money, whatever you did with the light sabre has worked, and you have got a decent impression of the sabre lighting hte figures, and giving reflections from the trooper's armour.
mrswoolybill Plus
15 3.3k 2537 United Kingdom
8 Dec 2019 9:36AM
Can we see the original unprocessed image please?
dark_lord Plus
18 2.9k 825 England
9 Dec 2019 8:34PM
To answer your question (and thank you for asking a specific question in regards to the image, as many people don't which makes critique less precise), your work on the light sabre has worked.

But as John points out, the rest of the image falls short.
So, a good idea that you need to woprk on to give it that bit of polish. I'd position the figures off centre, a touich more to the left.
17 Dec 2019 8:30PM
Thanks for your replies and feedback. Glad to know my effort on the lightsaber works.
I've uploaded the unedited original photo as a modification.

I have several ideas of where I want to go with this, but I just never seem to have the time.
When I do get around to it, I'll make sure to upload them here.
mrswoolybill Plus
15 3.3k 2537 United Kingdom
17 Dec 2019 9:48PM
Thanks for uploading the original. It's much as I expected and it does illustrate the problems in the subject.

You photographed this in very poor light, I'm guessing for the mystery of background darkness. But that necessitated a very high ISO, giving poor image quality. It also necessitated a shutter speed that was rather too slow for safe-hand-holding, and an aperture that could have been smaller.

The poor image quality really is evident in the areas that you have manipulated aggressively, notably the light sabre.

Next time - I suggest that you look for much better light, to allow a low ISO and more sensible settings generally. Add the dark gloom later, along with the glow of the sabre.
dudler Plus
19 1.9k 1947 England
19 Dec 2019 5:02PM
A grab shot is always a grab shot - especially in Manual mode...

Paulbroad soemtiems talks about a 'walking about' setting - so he can get grab shots at any time with a good chance of success. High ISO, Aperture priority and moderate aperture are my general recipe.

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