Another perspective on anime figure scenes

Photo by Frasbob on MyFigureCollection

Ruben made a post about figure photography lately, and in my various pointless hours spent trawling through MyFigureCollection I have to admit I’ve actually seen a lot of photos there setting the scene using a monitor.

To me it feels a bit disingenuous when I try it, but that’s not to say that people shouldn’t or haven’t been able to create magical works through this solution. As Ruben ponders, I’m fairly sure the key to making it work is to ensure to illuminate from the front also, mixed in with some clever editing (but I never edit so don’t take my word for it). Sometimes the effect does not work, but sometimes it does.

This Chuunibyou figure is one such example of it working, from my favourite figure photographer on MyFigureCollection, Phicoo, or better known as ‘bakayaro’ because of the watermark on her pictures. I don’t know much more about her though, since I can’t read that much German, though some of it is self-explanatory enough.

I first came across her works when I was looking her photographs of Good Smile Company’s Godoka. Although her photos of Godoka are largely not back-illuminated with a monitor screen, many of the photos of Godoka uploaded to MFC have been enhanced through this method — although ultimately none achieved a good enough quality for me to use as a desktop background. A shame!

Personally, my interest in figure photography is in working with perspective, as in the image above by Frasbob on MyFigureCollection. Figures are often a smaller scale of what their real sizes would be, yet many figure photographers have managed to use heights and perspective to their advantage in recreating scenes as if the character were full-height in a natural habitat. Unfortunately I have neither got the hang of this yet, nor found a location I’m comfortable to work with.

Comfort is important, especially when bringing your figures outdoors — which is why I can understand a certain desire to keep a figure in a safe environment and create a background through the resources you have, which for most people is undoubtedly their computer monitors.

I’d love to try this perspective photography sometime, someday when I have more time to wander around the city looking for the best locations to have a little photoshoot with friends. For now, at least, I can claim to be the first person I know to have used a lava lamp and an IKEA light (from Ruben!) to create lighting, but I suspect that’s only because others have been too kind to tell me otherwise!

See the Suzuha Amane full photo set on NY Otaku