Combining My Love of Figures and Photography

Combining My Love of Figures and Photography

Hello readers,

Todays post will be going over how I decided to combine two of my passions, my passion for collecting figures, and photography. My background with photography isn’t super extensive, I went to college for a bit with a major in photography with the intent to do landscape/journalistic photography, but learned very quickly that all the money was in things like Wedding photography. With my soul crushed and some drama with the school, I ended up dropping out about a year and a half into my degree. Fast forward about 8 years and I mostly do photography as a very expensive hobby now. I certainly don’t go out to take photos nearly as much as I want to but I find little excuses to dust the camera off every once in a while. One of those excuses was when I saw that the site I use ( to track the figures and other merchandise in my collection, has an image board that users could post to. I had just gotten a new shelf to display some of them and took the opportunity to snap a few pictures to post. Now harkening back to my days in college, one of my favorite classes was actually large format in a studio environment, where you pretty much have full control of what you’re photographing. Since I really enjoy stuff like product photography, I ended up spending a couple hours messing with some RGB LED strips to add some color to my photos that complimented the figures.

Milim Nava A very lovely prize figure

These images are fine for the most part for something I “quickly” threw together, but I’m definitely not completely satisfied with how they turned out, there’s some blurriness that I could have dealt with a little better and I destroyed some of the quality with the method I used to resize them for posting to the site. So I’ve always kind of had it in the back of my mind that I’d like to redo some of these shots with a more proper set up. Skip ahead a few months to a day off where I had nothing better to do, and I decided to make myself a little photo booth. The first thing I needed to do was actually make some room since I’m kind of limited on space.

I also took this as an opportunity to rearrange all the boxes on the top shelf that are being stored for my figures

With everything sorted and some more room made, I now had a space to set up a little photo area

Constructing this took way longer then I initially thought it would but I’m happy with how it turned out, it could definitely be better, but that will be a project for the future.

I had some wire mesh shelves that I was using for clothes that I repurposed to hold some lighting and a spot to photograph the figures (or anything else that I decide to photograph in the future)

Now with the photo booth made I started to get some test shots to see how well the LEDs would work as fill lighting paired with some key lighting closer to the camera. Pleased with the results, I now had an excuse to put some of my meager skills and photo equipment to use. I grabbed one of my good lenses and started to take even more test shots before deciding to put down some black foam I had laying around to use as a temporary backdrop for the images. After that, I was happy enough to really start taking some shots that I was happy with.

Kuroneko (Gokou Ruri) – Sweet Lolita Ver. (This was my first big figure purchase)

Rory Mercury – This one has surprisingly tripled in price since I got it

Yui Inaba – From the VN Flyable Heart (PLEASE LOCALIZE IT SOMEONE!)
Aisaka Taiga – Tiger Costume Ver.

There is definitely still some work to be done on the photo booth, but I’m definitely pleased with the results. On top of giving me something constructive to do on a day off where I probably would have spent the day watching random stuff on Youtube, it also gave me the perfect excuse to refresh myself on a hobby that I hadn’t really picked up in quite some time. The photos posted here are just a small handful of what I have in my collection, and I’ll definitely be taking some more photos in the coming weeks, as well as refining the photo booth. Maybe I’ll make another post showcasing some more in the future.

For now though, I’ll leave you with this question, what are some hobbies that have fallen by the wayside that you may want to pick up again in the near future?

Thank you for reading and I hope you all have a wonderful day!

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