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I want to take some photo's of my models and would really appreciate some advice on getting decent pictures.
I have a fairly decent family camera (Sony cybershot DSC-W190, 12 megapixel) but only ever use it for basic pictures.
I don't really want to pay out for extra equipment, as I only really want to take a few pictures of my models/conversions, but don't mind a bit of DIY to put basic items (stands/boxes etc..) together.
I'm not expecting the best quality pictures but would like to be able to take decent enough shots so that the detail/colouring shows well when posted on websites etc..
Any advice given will be greatly appreciated.
I use my iPhone
Usually the first piece of advice for getting good pictures is to get better lighting. Doesn't mean you need to spend thousands on fancy flash gear, you just need a decent desk lamp or two. Two is probably better - shine them in from either side of the model (i.e. left and right) so you eliminate shadows, and see how that goes. It's also best if they use the same kind of bulb - i.e. both incandescant or both flouroescent, not a mix of the two. Helps to avoid confusing the camera.
If you want to diffuse the light a little, you can use a lightbox. I have one made from a cardboard box (about 30cm square) and some baking paper. I based it upon > this link < which I really should save somewhere so I don't have to spend 10 minutes finding it every time I want to link someone to it!
A tripod would possibly be handy, but if you have a steady hand or just something to lean on, you could make do without.
The only other thing I can suggest is to experiment with your camera settings. How much you can do this obviously depends on what camera you have, but even switching between preset modes can change a photo a lot.
Settings to look out for would be White Balance and Macro mode, and whether you can manually adjust the Aperture and/or Shutter speeds. Most cameras will have a Macro mode, the others seem to be a bit rarer in compact cameras.
If you want any further explanation of anything I've mentioned don't hesitate to ask! Hope this is of some use to you, though.
Additionally, just practice. The more you shoot the more you can see what works and what doesn't. It's like any other skill or art. If you don't practice you can't improve.