I’m getting a lot of question about how I made my Nendoroid stand without using their stands. Sometimes the stands are getting in the way to come up with the composition you are aiming for.
Years ago, one figure photographer that I’m following suggested to “remove the stands” and “cut off the grass” when taking pictures. Until then, I tried to avoid using them in my photo shoot. However, it is really difficult to balance the Nendoroid with its big head and tiny feet by using pins or wires. So there are times that I still use its stand (without the base) and look for the right angle for it not to be obviously seen in the picture.
Last December, I saw this ornament hook wire in the department store and thought it’d be perfect for my Nendoroid.
I used this ornament hook wire in some pictures of Super Sonico, BRS and DM New Year’s pictures and Christmas Themed photos last December. If you don’t have this kind of wire, you can also use bobby pins or paper clips.
Below are some pictures which I used “ornament hook wire” to stand them up. The main key for balancing Nendoroid is patience. If you don’t have time and patience then I suggest not to do any of this.
Sometimes I get annoyed too especially when I couldn’t take pictures the way I want. Nendoroid tends to fall down a LOT. If your Nendoroid isn’t lucky enough, it may leave a scar on your precious figure. It happened to me twice, leaving Mio and BGS an awful scar. 😦
If I don’t have time to spare, I still use their stands. I try to hide them in my props (Picture 3 & 4 of Sonico) and set up the camera setting to aperture f2.5 or f3 or if it’s obviously visible, you can photoshop it.
You can always look for different angles on your photos, and pick that one that doesn’t show much of the stand. Take a look at the picture below:
If you look closely, you can see Azunyan’s stand attached underneath her skirt.
UPDATE (Christmas 2013)
Btw, here’s how I stand my Nendoroid this time. Blu-Tack and thin wire (ornament hook wire) is a great combo. Of course, you have to secure the Blu-tack behind or underneath the skirt and balance. Blu-tack is also available on hardware stores and comes in with different colors. Always wash the Blu-tack residue every after shoot.
Try to do it on your end, just make sure that you are ready to take that risk on your Nendoroid.
Nendoroid without the stands makes a big difference on your photography.
It also breaks my heart when awful things happen to my figures but for me, you might be missing a lot of wonderful experience if you haven’t taken your toys out and play with it. 😉
Have fun shooting!