How to Photograph Figures: Teach Me, TOM Senpai! [#tomphotocon3]


As a result of manufacturing instances and so forth, it could take some time for a determine to reach at your door after you’ve ordered it – however the wait will make you much more excited in your determine to reach.

As a determine lover, you may be pondering, “I can’t wait to take footage and brag about it!” or “I wish to take cool footage, however how ought to I try this?”

Nicely, proper right here is a good place to start out. I’m a photographer at TOM and I’ve put collectively a number of examples and explanations of what you are able to do when taking pictures of your figures!

In the present day I made a decision to shoot the Shibuya Scramble Determine – Megumin 1/7 scale determine that’s at present accessible for preorder. This determine includes a shot of Megumin, one of many heroines in KonoSuba: God’s Blessing on this Fantastic World!, utilizing her signature explosion magic.

The next picture is a photograph that I took.

Preserve studying to learn how I achieved this!

Half 1: Provide you with a course of for photographing figures.

When you’re strapped for time, be at liberty to learn this part solely. First, right here’s my determine images course of.

Preparation:
1. Analysis the character’s background.
2. Image what I would like the photograph to appear like.
3. Provide you with a tough thought of what sort of location, props, and elegance I’d wish to shoot with (together with whether or not it’s outside or indoors).

Capturing the determine:
4. Put together the spot the place you’re going to pose the determine.
5. Determine the way you’ll body the photograph.
6. Regulate the background and props to match the framing.
7. Take footage and hold making minor changes till you suppose it’s excellent.

The preparation half is extraordinarily necessary. Deciding if that determine/character is in a sure state of affairs will significantly change the response you get for the image. Additionally, eager about it earlier than taking pictures will allow you to take a greater shot. Please strive it out the subsequent time you’re taking pictures.

Maintaining this course of in thoughts, I’ll clarify how I took this photograph of Megumin.

Half 2: Consider the way you’re going to {photograph} the determine.

First up is the preparation half. Let’s have a look at the determine I selected.

・Her pose is of the second proper earlier than she releases her signature explosion magic.
・Her wand has an explosion magic impact on it.
・The bottom has the magic circle that seems when she’s utilizing magic.
・Her acquainted, Chomusuke, is on her head.

A loyal illustration of how Megumin’s depicted within the anime, this determine can also be the fruits of every part nice about her. Utilizing the small print I listed, I got here up with a picture of the completed photograph I needed to take.

Take a look at the determine from totally different angles via your digicam’s viewfinder. Get near it, pull again, flip it left and proper, up and down… And whenever you discover the proper angle, it’ll carry forth the picture of the photograph you wish to take.

If you get a selected picture of the image you wish to soak up thoughts, the precise photograph can typically be sorted into one in all two classes:

1. A photograph of the character
You’ll use portrait images to give attention to the character’s charms.

2. A photograph of surroundings and the character
You’ll use panorama images. That is particularly good for outside photographs that recreate anime scenes.


The image on the left is an instance of a portrait and the suitable is a panorama shot. Though the topic and the background are the identical, they’re very totally different footage. By preserving in thoughts what sort of photograph you wish to take, it’ll be simpler to convey the message you need.

That is my standard course of. At this level, I often select the props and site with the picture of my completed photograph in thoughts, however on this case, I couldn’t examine this Megumin determine via my viewfinder forward of time. That’s as a result of…

Half 3: Issues might happen earlier than you’re capable of contemplate location and props.

I used to be in hassle. Why? This determine wasn’t on sale but and this was the one prototype in existence. Not breaking it was of utmost significance, so I needed to rigorously {photograph} it on the workplace of its producer, eStream. There have been additionally different figures to {photograph} that day, so my time was restricted. (If that wasn’t sufficient, I used to be additionally unable to see the determine in particular person till the day of the photoshoot.)

Confronted with the next additional constraints, I needed to provide you with a distinct method to {photograph} this determine.

1. It needed to be photographed in one of many workplace’s assembly rooms.
→ Since it might be an indoor shoot, I might construct a set for it.
2. I couldn’t carry an excessive amount of gear into the workplace, so I used to be restricted in how I may construct up the photograph.
→ I had to consider a option to make it as cool as potential utilizing solely the background and lighting.
3. I had a time restrict.
→ I made a decision to make use of a video gentle as a substitute of strobe lights to lower the time wanted.

Since I might be taking pictures in an workplace and never in an elaborate set that includes the city or countryside (like we might see in KonoSuba, I made a decision to take a portrait that may rise up near Megumin and give attention to the precise second that she casts Explosion.

These are the instruments I take advantage of when taking pictures. Yow will discover all of them at on-line outlets for comparatively low costs, so be at liberty to offer them a strive. (I personally purchased them on Amazon.)


・SLR (single lens reflex) digicam
・Four panel lights
・Packing tape
・1 backdrop (wine-red velvet material)
・Warmth-resistant coloured cellophane
・1 tripod
・2 lighting stands
・1 backdrop stand

Having at the least two panel lights will improve the variations of photographs you may take, so I extremely suggest it. You’ll be able to’t go unsuitable with lights that use the digicam battery and let you modify the depth and shade temperature.

Additionally, it wasn’t one thing I used this time, however large sheets of white and black paper will be priceless in photoshoots. Do not forget that in your personal determine images adventures!

Now that I had all my stuff, I went to eStream’s workplace.

Half 4: Take some precise pictures.

It was lastly time to shoot. As I defined earlier, that is how my taking pictures course of goes.

1. Put together the spot the place you’re going to pose the determine.
2. Determine the way you’ll body the photograph.
3. Regulate the background and props to match the framing.
4. Take an image and hold making minor changes till you suppose it’s excellent.

Put together the spot the place you’re going to pose the image.

When she makes use of her explosion magic within the anime, every part we see is bathed in crimson and orange gentle. First I needed to create the realm that may be lit up by that gentle.


1. I arrange the backdrop stand over the workplace desk and draped the backdrop over it.
2. I set Megumin’s determine on it.


3. I roughly determined the place Megumin can be dealing with and the place the digicam can be.


4. I aimed a lightweight that was wrapped in crimson cellophane at Megumin, from the course the place the explosion can be happening.
5. To create a blue aura behind her, I aimed a lightweight wrapped in blue cellophane from behind her.

That’s how I arrange the realm that may be lit up by the explosion. Nevertheless, at this level it simply seemed like Megumin was standing in an area lit up by the explosion, so she didn’t stand out. This time, I added lighting that may make the main target of the photograph stand out.


6. Whereas wanting via the viewfinder, I aimed a white gentle at Megumin’s face.
*Be sure that the shadows on her face don’t look too bizarre.

Now I used to be prepared to start out taking pictures.

Deciding on the Framing of the Picture

You’ll be able to determine on the framing by making small changes to the tough angle you selected. I needed to indicate a number of the small print whereas nonetheless displaying the general determine, so I made certain to zoom in as a lot as potential to have Megumin, Chomusuke, and her wand within the body.

I recommend utilizing a telephoto lens for taking pictures, because it makes the topic look a lot denser. You may also put distance between the determine and the surroundings to blur the background, making it simpler to create a scene targeted on the determine.

I didn’t do it for this photograph, however typically after I’m taking pictures, I purchase gadgets to make use of as props from house enchancment shops, trinket outlets, Amazon, and so forth to create a scene from the world of the character. When taking pictures with a set like this, the telephoto lens creates a photograph that has a pleasant ambiance with out too many stark or apparent particulars.


That is methods to {photograph} the identical topic utilizing a telephoto lens after which a wide-angle lens. To maintain issues easy, I received’t clarify it right here, however please analysis it in the event you’re .

Make Minor Changes to the Background and Props to Match Your Chosen Framing

As you examine via the digicam’s viewfinder, hold adjusting the positioning of the instruments and figures till you discover their finest place. Shifting one thing even a number of millimeters could make an enormous distinction, so it’s a activity that requires persistence.

For this photograph of Megumin, I made minute changes to:
・The angle of the determine
・The peak of the digicam
・The positions of the lights

One other essential merchandise is the tripod. By fixing it in place as you’re taking footage and make changes, you may examine the small modifications made to decide on the most effective positions.

Take Photos, Make Changes, and Repeat

Take an image, make a minor adjustment.
Take one other image and make one other minor adjustment.

Enhance the standard of your pictures by repeating this cycle. For Megumin’s photograph, when making changes, I ended up lighting up the wand impact. Ultimately, my gear seemed like this:

What did you suppose? This will likely not have left a lot of an impression on you. Perhaps you’re even pondering one thing like, “You didn’t even do a lot.” Nevertheless, I needed to let everybody know that you just don’t should do a lot so long as you have got the suitable method in place to take an important image.

An instance that individuals typically use is that of a swan gracefully gliding alongside the water; you may’t see it, however beneath the water’s floor, its toes are kicking away. Equally, a very attention-grabbing a part of a great photograph is the method that’s taken to get to the ultimate product. As soon as your favourite determine arrives at your own home, please contemplate taking some pictures of it!

Additionally, the #TOMSenpaiNoticeMe tag on Instagram is stuffed with nice footage of followers displaying off their love for his or her favourite figures and characters, so please test it out right here!

Lastly, a fast reminder: the third TOM Picture Contest is already underway (March 1-28, 2021). First prize will win $500 in TOM factors! It’s very simple to enter; all it’s important to do is comply with us on Twitter or Instagram and publish utilizing the hashtag #tomphotocon3 , or straight submit your photograph with our Google kind. Please contemplate coming into – if something, it is an effective way to move the time at house!

Discover extra particulars on the competition right here
Discover Twitter entries right here
Discover Instagram entries right here
Enter straight right here

It is a Tokyo Otaku Mode authentic article by S. Takemori.