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Attempting a mystical air...
Hi All, any feedback on this one would be greatly appreciated! 🙂
Love the symmetry of the shot, and the fact that you have the light coming from the translucent colored pieces.
I would just put a soft light over the entire scene to bring out more of the details. But not one bright enough to take away from the "magic" glows.
Also some piece of decoration up on the wall above the subject's head would really drive the symmetry of the scene home.
Keep it up!
I really like medieval fantasy themes so I like where you have started.
Are you using @brickstuff LEDs? I suggest getting the analog dimmer to tone down the lights. I find them to be too powerful and harsh resulting in blown highlights as seen in the "magic" coming from the books and the glare on the minifig's face.
When I work with these LEDs, I dim them as I mentioned and then shoot with a longer exposure. I either pop a flash at the end or wave my phone over the entire scene to burn in some light.
Thanks All! For the flames and other lighter areas I used layers in Photoshop which I upped the exposure and then used the eraser to create the effect.
As I use longer exposures I'll definitely try lightening the scene (probably using the hovering phone trick!).
Also sure I can find something cool to go above his head. I built a Dragon skull a while back which would suit it perfectly ????
This is a cool setup! I love fantasy stuff! It may not be a look you like, but I think a little dispersed fog or Atmosphere Aerosol over this scene would help disperse the light around without having to add much more light at all. It could also add to the fantasy feel of it. It looks like you have a key light above and to the front so the fog would disperse that around. I might add a little tracing paper to diffuse the light below his chin to reduce that hot spot there.
Along with what @fourbrickstall said about diming light to avoid over exposed highlights, it looks like you used some type of selective brightening (dodging) on the pink crystal and the flames. Thats an ok idea, but when you lighten up bits of the background around the light with your dodge it looks a bit wierd. To make that fuzzy glow, the glow deeds to be coloured to a similar colour as the light source, in this case, orange or pink, rathaer than the grey of the brick background. That's a tricky thing to do on mobile apps, but fairly simple to do in PS. Either colour the glow with brush tool in colour mode, or do something similar as the lightsaber tutorial i posted in the BTS forum, creating a layer out of the flame, then bluring it and then reduce the layer opacity.
If anyone has mobile app solutions for glowy lights I'd love to hear them.