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Well I believe they use lamps and photoshop. Better lighting focused where it matters, and photoshop can sharpen and adjust your image better.
Make yourself a shadow box, also known as a light diffusion box.
10" strips of balsa wood (popsicle sticks work just as well) x4
6" strips of balsa wood (same with the popsicle sticks) x8
2 sheets of tracing paper (or rice paper) 7" by 7" square
1 sheets of tracing paper (or rice paper) 11" by 13" rectangle
(optional) 10" x 6" card stock rectangle
Here's what you do with the materials (and what I did before I lost my digi-cam :\ )
Take two 10" strips of balsa wood and glue them to two of the 6" strips to form a flat rectangle (man I wish I had a camera right about now).
Then add a 6" strip to each corner of the rectangle, up-right.
Make another 10" x 6" rectangle out of the remaining strips of balsa wood, then glue the entire contraption together to form a box shape.
Decide at this point which side is going to be down and up, then start from the sides to attach the tracing paper.
Turn the box on it's side and center a piece of 7" square paper on the frame, then glue it in place with either white glue or wood glue. Wrap the excess material around the frame, leaving the top folded over but not wrapped completely around the frame. Turn the box to the other side and repeat.
Using your third piece of tracing paper (the 13" x 11" piece), start at the back bottom edge of the frame and wrap it around over the back and top of your frame, attaching it as you go and making sure to keep the paper smooth and taut (careful, as these sorts of paper really tend to tear easily). Wrap the excess around the top front and secure it, the bottom should already be secure.
Set the frame back down on it's base, and using either glue or a stapler, affix the card stock to the bottom, then glue terrain bits to it, base & flock it to your heart's content, but make sure there's enough room on it to display a full troop choice to best effect. I use those small broken walls that come with ruins sections, and a few of the barrels.
Viola, your diffusion box is complete! place a mid-watt bulb (75 watt bulbs seem to work best) in a desk lamp and aim the light at one of the corners on your box, set your display models in it then take a picture in normal indoor lighting with no flash, and you should have enough light filtering through the walls of your box to make sure there's no glaring reflections or distortions on the displayed models.
Really, you can use any size box you want, it acts as a sort of lamp shade, and diffuses the light to the point where it will pick out the natural highlights/shadows of the models without glaring off them and distorting the picture.
If your camera is high megapixels, then you can take a pic from a bit farther away (Thus, it's more focused) then crop it down to just the mini and then expand it. As it's high megapixel, you can stretch it to a degree without losing image quality.
Thanks for that info on making a shadow box. I think I'll try thatWhat do you classify as high? I have a 4.0 megapixel camera which was good when I got it but technology moves quickly so that may have changed.If your camera is high megapixels
i use a "nixon coolpixs 2100", which I gess is 2.1 mega pixels
i take photos quite close, with no flash in normal room lighting conditions. no special techniques or tips, my photos come out absolutly perfectly 4/5 times and a bit blured sometimes when i take the photo to close
I think 4 is high enough to be able to blow up to a degree. My camera is 5. 1 less doesn't make too much of a difference, I don't think... I don't know much. But you can blow it up a bit, go ahead, see what happens.Originally posted by skagrad@Mar 8 2005, 11:33
Thanks for that info on making a shadow box. I think I'll try that
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