360° spins are becoming the future of eCommerce. Brands are picking up on the latest trend and recognizing that customers want to see more detail views before they buy. They are delighted when spins feature interactive functionality and they can control the movement themselves when viewing products online. Currently, 360° spin photography services offered by studios range from 18 – 72 frames per spin. A spin made up of more frames is very rare. At studioshino, we shoot 200+ frames for each spin. For the product below, 232 frames were shot. That means you can zoom in on any 1 of the 232 frames to see the original full-resolution image within the 360° web player.
This spin below is fully controllable by your mouse or thumb when using a phone or tablet.
This figure is shot with a mixture of strobe and LED lighting. For the key light, I used the STROBEPRO x400 PRO TTL Battery Powered Strobe along with the STROBEPRO 25” Rapid Pro Beauty Dish with both diffusers and the grid attached.
NOTE: This strobe is convertible to a regular outlet-powered studio strobe with the X400 PRO AC ADAPTER and it’s just a one-click conversion as it works the same as the battery.
The coloured kicker lights are just mini 3-watt LED spotlights placed creatively for maximum visual appeal.
This is shot in a tight space, with only 3 feet between the product and the wall, so using a grid with a softbox light is important to keep the background close to “0” when checking the info numbers. To ensure the black is at a pure “0” I also used black velour fabric which absorbs the light spillage from the key. If you want a pure black background, I recommend skipping black paper — especially in a tight space — black velour is incredible for keeping the info numbers as close to 0 as possible. The RAW file background hovered between 0 – 3 and so only required a very small global adjustment to even it all out to “0” black.
It’s SUPER important to have a strobe light that is consistent after each flash in both power values and colour kelvin. I am so impressed and pleased with this strobe’s clean and highly consistent range of light during the 232-frame flash fires. This is of course extremely important when shooting 360s. Our eyes are very picky when we see any acute changes in light or colour that seem amiss. With 360s, if anything is “off”, it can ruin the whole spin.
I thoroughly enjoy using the Strobepro XT Pro C Trigger Controller. This unit surprisingly costs only $89.95 and it’s by far the best remote trigger I’ve ever used. The visual readout screen shows a full readout of your energy values and full menu GUI. The buttons are also tactile and very comfortable to use. I’ve used all the remote triggers from the big leading brands and I much prefer this controller to the $300 and up mainstay models. You will not be disappointed. Even the build quality is excellent. Some of the big brands have very weak design where it attaches to the hotshoe — but this one is sturdy.
It never misfires when I’m shooting constantly during the 232-frame spin. That saves me from going back to delete the black images in Capture One.
Another great feature of this remote is the longer-than-expected battery life. It’s shocking how long it lasts. Usually batteries in remotes have to be changed frequently. My rough estimate is that it needs to be changed after every 2000 shots. Almost every time I start a new shoot and turn it on, I just can’t get over the fact that it still has plenty of juice left — the little things make a big difference in our shooting life.
studioshino Desktop: This figure stands proudly beside my desktop PC as shown in the photo to the left. studioshino is PC-Powered! :D
Figure Information:Scathach from Fate/Grand Order
Anime fans will recognize the “Scathach” character from the Fate series or more specifically Fate/Grand Order. This is from toy manufacturer Plum which is based in Japan. The figure was a big hit when it was originally released in November 2016 and will be re-released in late June 2020. Preorders are currently available, but are sold out at some Hobby retailers.
Product Name: Fate/Grand Order Lancer/Scathach 1/7 Scale Figure (Re-run)
Series: Fate/Grand Order
Specifications: Painted, non-articulated, 1/7 scale PVC figure
Height (approx.): 310 mm | 12.2"
When there are so many frames taken for a 360 you also have the ability to output into a video file such as a standard MP4. The video below was processed as a 1920x1920 seamless loop spin. However, it can be processed up to whatever the original shot files are - in this case the highest video output would be 3549x3549.