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Some recent work. A couple of Play Pal sets and the animals from the Ezee Noahs Ark set (not so easy as I didn't try stack cutting beech, all done one at a time 😉 )
Pals are brush painted with artist acrylic and a water based gloss, animals were dipped in shellac a couple of times.

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Your workmanship is totally flawless! These wood toys are beautiful to look at because of your stunning studio grade photos. I am really impressed with the lighting, staging and clarity. Wow. Thanks for posting. Oh, and the craft paints with clear coat is an amazing finish that inspires me to get going this morning.
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Hi Gippy,

Oh, wow! Beautiful. Love your photography and staging too.
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Thank you. I bought a small photo studio ‘tent’. It’s a self contained unit with lights and several backdrops, it really helps improve the quality of the photos.
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Thank you. I bought a small photo studio ‘tent’. It’s a self contained unit with lights and several backdrops, it really helps improve the quality of the photos.


I have one of the tents. It makes a huge difference.

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Wow. Very cool and to die for!
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Mine has the lights built in but it’s the same idea. I paid under $40 for it.
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This is the one I have:

Neewer 24x24 inch/60x60 cm Photo Studio Shooting Tent
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It costs about $20 but has no lights. I wish I had a larger one. I have already hit the limits of what I can photograph in this one. 



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Thank you Gippy and BadBob for the pointers to the photo tent.
I have struggled to get shadow-free photos of my work in the past, this is a great  ( and not too expensive) solution.

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If you're going to buy a photo tent go for the larger one, it didn't take long for me to hit the limits of the one I have. I need a larger one.
 
You can roll your own, but I find this to be more expensive unless you have the material you need just laying around. Also, it's hard to beat the ability to fold up the tent into a small package.
 
Lights, lights, lights, its all about lights. To a point more is better but you don't need to spend tons of money them. Make sure you get daylight (5500K to 6500K) bulbs. Here is one of my lights.

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Thanks BadBob.
Funny how one hobby drags one into others.
Even if I have no intention of doing photos for a website for sales, I still want to do the best I can for this forum.
 Your guidance is appreciated.
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These posts have really helped me with my photo skills. Thanks to all.
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Funny how one hobby drags one into others.


I've thought the same thing many times. 

I've been making sawdust for a long time. Woodworking overlaps with all sorts of things. Photography overlaps with everything.  It's about the best way I know to document anything. I'm a woodworker, gardener (food), aquarist, guitar player, grandfather, amateur competition shooter, motorcycle rider, shade tree mechanic, home handyman, toymaker, small business owner, and tool junkie. In my day job, I'm a Systems Programmer aka Linux Systems Administrator. Before that, I was an Electronics Technician. All of this stuff all overlaps and interconnects. Photography, electronics, and computers interconnected all. Skills learned in one thing are often transferable to one or more of the others. For example, watch videos about guitar building, and you will learn a lot of things about woodworking that you have never seen before. Since they work with small parts and thin woods, you will see a lot of things that are directly related to toy making. It's all interconnected with photography at the center.

 
 

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AHA! Now we know. Though hast revealed thyself and thy exterior semblance doth hide thy soul's immensity!
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AHA! Now we know. Though hast revealed thyself and thy exterior semblance doth hide thy soul's immensity!


I also worked as an auto painter in a body shop, construction, and several factory jobs. I went to school for the auto paint. The painting overlaps with many things including toymakeing. Yes, I have used automotive primer and paint on toys.

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