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Well it seems to me that a few of us don't seem to understand the simplicity of taking pictures of models. Be that they are blurry, wierd colors, not able to see detail, whatever. So I think we should make some kind of guide to taking pictures that show the true skill of your painting, whether gross or godly. And it will prevent people from saying things like "sorry for picture quality, but the model is really good...."
So here are my suggestions.
1. Use the close up setting on your camera. For most that i have seen it is like a flower.
2. Allow camera time to focus, dont just snap and say thats good.
3. If your first picture doesn't look good, try another with different lighting/flash/closer or farther. Don't just post a crappy pic becuase your lazy.
4. A white backround is really helpful to bring out true colors. I use a piece of paper, and it works wonders.
5. Use good lighting. Multiple desk lamps focused on 1 thing help. Shadows make it hard to see a model clearly. From my experiance taking pics outdoors doesn't work to good, you get a kindove washed out look. And always use flash if you don't feel like you have enough lighting. The flash makes the model much clearer, unless your using a tripod or a stand of some sort for your camera. The camera detects the smallest amount of motion, and without a flash you get pictures that have bluddry edges.
7. Finally, use a camera with the highest megapixels you can. If you have a 2 megapixel camera, and your friend has a 4, use his. It will greatly increase picture quality.
Thats all i can think of, except experiment for what works best for you, find what it is, and maybe send some suggestions. It would be nice to be able to get the full experiance of seeing one of these models instead of blur, bright glossy models, or other problems. Remember guys, only you can prevent crappy pictures :tongue:, so post your suggestions.
This seemed like the right place to post this, if not of course move it to where you think it should be Mod people.
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Thanks, I haven't yet posted pictures but I will keep this in mind for when I do.
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I would recommend that you "don't" use a flash when taking pictures of miniatures. It is much more important to have the appropriate lighting. I currently use 2 - 100 Watt shop lights plus overhead lighting and plan on adding a 3rd shop light as well. It is a good idea to have light coming from both behind the model as well as in front of the model to drive away shadows.
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I agree to that, it makes the models come out looking like freaks. I use 2 Lava lamp bottoms for my light sorce and/or those hanging garage lights with the cage on them ^_^I would recommend that you "don't" use a flash when taking pictures of miniatures.
Best light to use for taking mini pictures is outside natural light, you wont need any other light or flash to take them there.
I also sugest presetting the white to white, with a white sheet of paper... if your on digital.
makes the white turn out white not yellow.
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Yes only use a flash if you are unable to hold the camera steady or have crappy light and have nothing to balance it on. Otherwise flash will make it look all shiny and creepy. Keep it coming guys
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hey there lads and lasses. i use 3 daylight globes (one from either side and one from above) and a white backround, and i have never had a problem with my pics. oh and the camera is 2.0 mega pixels. have fun buddys!!!
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If all your pictures are crappy, despite the guidelines aligned above, take multiple pictures of the model with each new angle or distance from the model. When I say multiple, I mean around six or seven. Sometimes, you might get lucky and get a good picture. It's what I do anyway, although it is quite time consuming. But then again, I don't have the extra equipment like light bulbs... etc. I just use a camera (close-up mode, A/S/M, no flash), a bench (I use my bathroom bench), a piece of white A4 paper (A3 would be better but I don't have A3 paper) and the model itself.
By the way, what does A/S/M stand for?
I also say that outdoor light is the best. If you take pictures indoor, use a tripod and at least three light sources. I just got one of those "natural light" lamps and it makes a difference big time. Also, as far as color goes, if you paint under regular light bulb, you have to realise that the color that you see is far different from the colro that the natural light will bring out from the model. It's is normal...
A/S/M is perture priority, shutter priority, or manual. Lets you take really good pics if you set it up right. If your painting under a certain light, take your pics under that light, so people see what you see. Then you don't get these really weird looking photos.
Anyone else have any ideas? Post something at least so this doesn't get dustbinned...
Last edited by theredkitty; November 4th, 2005 at 06:19.
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I actually prefer a non-reflective surface in a neutral colour like grey. White backgrounds can washout the detail of the modelOriginally Posted by theredkitty
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