It isn't as if better lighting would improve the look of all my models that much, but it would do a lot for some of them. I'd long been looking for a solution, and have used cobbled together white boxes over the years to try and get the best from a standard camera, but generally it was only back when I had a flat with huge 9 foot windows that I had enough light to really get things to look okay. The other obvious down side to such jerry-rigged solutions is you can only really use them at home
Quite by chance I came across Foldio on Kickstarter, a product that had long since funded but looked like it could be the very thing. I was able to pick one up on Amazon, from South Korea no less for a price I accept seems steep for something you might make yourself, but I was never going to do that, and if I did, it would not be of the same quality. It's fair to say you could get one from other sources too.
So what is it and does it work?
Well first of all, it comes in a small neat package:
|Not 6 Pink Floyd records...|
|Roomy, I've had smaller apartments...|
And the effect? Well I only had time to test it with whatever was to hand, so the closest to finished on the paint desk today was a reaper miniature of shall we say, a lady of negotiable virtue! Unprepared for her moment as she may - uncharacteristically - be, it is her time in the spot light. Firstly with the light array alone and no flash, but with standard post production colour correction:
|Coming out the gloom|
Obviously I need to work on the technique, but I think this will improve my pictures no end, and moreover it's portable, so I can hopefully get better pictures of other peoples masterpieces with their permission.