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I have a rather basic digital camera. I have attempted to take pictures of some of my models but the pics are either too far away and show no detail, or they're too close and everything is blurry. Mostly, I've tried different distances and zooming in from farther away. I just can't seem to get decent pictures of my models. It's most likely just my low quality camera, but is there something else I should try doing?
Does your camera have a macro mode? Even some basic cameras do, so it's worth checking. This enables you to take photos of objects that are very close to the lens and with a very narrow depth of field (i.e. the foreground is super-crisp but the background quite blurry).
What kind of camera do you have? I'm no mini-shooting expert, but I take pictures for work from time to time. What sort of resolution do you have? Is it adjustable? If not, do you at least have a "preview pane" on the back of it? If so, try taking pictures as close as possible without it blurring. Next, use your photo-editing software (just about all cameras come with SOMETHING for free) and use it to crop the excess from around the mini. Then, blow it up as best you can and post it. Let us be the judges
Taking photos of minis is hard! Much harder than you'd think but there is a couple of things that can help.
Get good light- use a light above the mini shining down and one above the camera pointing straight at the mini. This will help a lot. Use desk lamps if that's all you have and get them as close to the mini as possible.
I don't use macro-mode, I don't find it helps much. Instead I zoom in as much as possible and then move the camera until the mini fits the frame. You might have to move back a bit to let the camera get better focus but this is nothing a bit of patient experimenting won't fix.
I'm also a big fan of using a delay timer on the camera. This lets me position the camera, press the button, double check and then not be holding the camera when it takes the photo- at this level of photography even a little wobble will blur the whole photo.
Try and photograph against a plain background. It helps with editing later as is less likely to confuse any automatic features your camera may have.
I look forward to these photos!
No more NG spearmen, thanks! Now I need some pump-wagons!
There's an article written somewhere on LO (not a post, an actual article) that offers these and many, many more really good tips on taking pics of minis. Worth a look.
Good luck, and don't be afraid to post ANY photos you take. I'm sure the vets here will have lotsa advice.
I'm going to take more pictures and post them later, please let me know if it's worth posting the low quality pics, or if I should just wait until I can access a better camera.
Last edited by UUAce; February 18th, 2007 at 23:02.
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I know that it isn't one of my conversions but those are either primed or not painted at all, and none of the details show at all. That and I can't make it smaller.
So is that a decent enough quality to post?