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I need a diversion from painting those poxy Eldar so I started work on this marine which I think is hilarious. Broken backpack still needs paint but its mostly finished. This is the first mini I've painted in 10 years and I feel invigorated !
Picture sucks which brings me to the second point... how to photograph minis ? This was taken with a 6mp Pentax on macro focus about 60cm out under fluro light at night, no flash. What's the secret ? Natural light further away ? Incandescant light closer ?
That is one sad and pathetic marine, was he tortured into stupidity? Good paint job btw.
Love the Marine!
I just got back into painting and have a thread for all the 80's stuff here http://www.librarium-online.com/foru...ure-heavy.html
Also a tip for your pictures is a good photo editing package such as photoshop but failing that then good lighting is the key!
I cleaned up your pic as an example, I hope you don't mind?
I just bought a 3rd shop light (those metal clip lights usually used in the garage) and have found that having the extra light works very well.
I place one above and slightly behind the models and one on either side slightly in front - even with the models.
Probably still not perfect (I am thinking about either buying or building a photo tent for them) but having the extra light really makes a big difference. The bulbs I have been using are 100W soft white light bulbs.
The marine looks like he got brainwashed! Good job. Expecially if it your 1st one in 10 years!
The secrets of photography:
1. Super Macro. Always works better then the normal Macro mode.
2. Single light source type. Does not matter, natural or not. Mixing natural and artificial light sources can result in very poor photos.
3. Light direction. Simply put, having the light source directly above the miniature is a bad idea. You need to set it up so that the light comes from the same direction you are taking pictures from, at about 30-45 degrees angle.
Also, the photo editor software.
While Mouthrax is on the good track recommending you Photoshop, The GIMP is a prime choice. Not only it is comparable with Photoshop in terms of capabilities, but also completely and totally FREE.
Actually if you are referring to Digital Zoom in reference to "super macro" that is a bad idea. You don't want to digitally zoom on as it will cause artifacting and you will get a less crisp picture.Originally Posted by the_fifth_horseman
With lighting the best way I have found is to angle the lights (multiple lights) to eliminate shadow. Ideally a photobox - either made out of semi-transparent white paper or cloth - is best as it softens glare on the models themselves by diffusing the light somewhat while still eliminating shadows.
With proper amounts of lighting the camera will actually focus better on the figure also giving you a crisper picture.
Lol, he looks like he got his brain sucked out from that monster boss in Starship Troopers.
Nice paint job.
I am sorry but any free software is not comparable to Photoshop! It may be able to edit images to a level which is fine for minis but I doubt very much that Adobe will be worried about losing sales of photoshop to The GIMP!Originally Posted by the_fifth_horseman
I have been looking through my bits box (crate) and have found that very same model plus a few others too, they are from a set that were named tank crew I beleive and they look so sad lol I will pop some pictures up later