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What are the best techniques for making great photographs of LEGO creations?

Has anyone got any tips for taking photos of your creations? Lighting seems to be the major issue for me, particularly glare from large flat surfaces, but I would welcome any tricks people have discovered to show off their models.

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A good starting point would be: photo.stackexchange.com/questions/16741/… –  forsvarir May 11 '12 at 10:59
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Isn't that the same question, not just a starting point? :) –  mattdm May 11 '12 at 15:43

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Not a lot of experience with Lego (only few stop-motion videos) however what you need is:

  • A tripod for your camera
  • two light sources.

If you don't have light box, use a spot with some diffuser on it (milk bottle, white tissue,...) the goal is to have the light not comming from a single point but from a whide surface.

Place the camera, on the tripod, in front of your model and dispose one light on each side.

Now look into the camera for flare, if there is any, change the position of the light source (remember the light reflected from the surface will it your camera only if its come from the right angle, moving the source will send the reflexion out of the camera)

With some patience you should be able to adjust the light and get the shot your models deserve.

PS. if there is some unwanted shadow you can add another source of light or use a small reflector (a sheet of white paper is perfect)

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Since reflections off plastic should respond well to polarization filters, you may want to consider putting polarizing sheet on your flash(es) as well as on your lens. This is a classic technique that helps to provide good lighting without the annoyance of reflections. This is especially when you can't put the subject inside a light tent (like artwork hanging on a wall).

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