Lighting and Photography for Sculptures and 3D Art

I'm not a professional photographer, but I have tweaked around with the camera for quite a while now, experimenting with different lighting types, modes and backdrops. Usually, sculptures that are monotone like mine tend to blend well against a solid contrast (like black or grey) so it wasn't hard for me to set up a cloth draping down from a horizontal pole and make it my background.

White is a neutral color that can blend into most scenarios pretty well, save for maybe a pure white wall (I tried this too.) The thing when photographing three dimensional art is to consider the effects of the lighting on the color-tone and texture of your subject. I'm just an impulse photographer so I speak in layman's terms without the fancy optimization terms. Another thing I usually notice to make a huge difference, is the effect of the flash on the gloss and warmth of the piece. During the day, flash makes little difference obviously, but when I photograph pieces at night with a controlled makeshift lighting, there are times when using the flash cancels out the natural skin-tone of my own pieces, while retaining the white color with a semi-matte effect. I like playing around with the different shooting methodologies, but usually the best combination for me is just using the standard tripod with remote clicker to stabilize the shot. Combining that with a very wide opened lens for around 3 seconds (by adjusting the aperture and shutter speed slightly) makes quite a clearer shot rather than just your usual auto-mode with flash. I do like how it comes out when the elements of photography come together in good harmony (mostly by accident because I'm just a beginner at this.)


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