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Ok, first off, I've taken photos for work before, and yes, I've read the tutorials on how to take pictures. The only thing I haven't done that they recommend is use a "daylight" light bulb, which I haven't bought yet. Other than that, I like to think I know what I'm doing.
Until I look at the results.
Now, maybe it's because I have a new digital camera (my first), a Canon PowerShot A530 (not exactly a terrible camera), I dunno, but I'm beginning to feel like I've never taken pictures before.
The first shot, which I posted in my PIP thread in the "Projects" forum, is below:
Not terrible, I guess, but I had to use a flash, which I know is a no-no. All the other shots I've taken were set up properly, with a white background, etc., but I have two persistent problems:
1) They are rarely in focus. I've tried everything: macro mode, portrait mode, multiple distances from the subject, etc., and it's still hit-or-miss as to whether it's focused.
2) Everything looks "yellow." Is this correctable with a daylight bulb, or can I use photo-editing software (I have the Gimp) to correct it?
Please help. I gotta get this fixed by next Monday night
On my camera, Zooming messes up the clarity of the picture. therefore to get a good shot i have to hold the camera close to the model instead. To make sure I get a least one good shot, I take as many pictures as possible, and just click the button quickly to get multiple shots of the same position.
That is not dead which may eternal lie,
for in strange aeons even death may die.
A couple of things I learned that you can also find usefull.
First is to never hold the model in your hand, this goes for the camera as well. The slightest shake of either hand is bound to ruin the shot as the minis are so small.
Put the mini on a table, or build it a small podium. IF you don't have a tripod for your camera, do the same for it, you can use pile of books or whatever. Keep them small though - the podium/Tripod lets you change angle and also keeps the distance between the camera and the model permanent.
Next thing is to get the distance right. It is not uncommon a comment this "Sorry for the bad pic(s)". On those pics the models are often far more blury then some other details in the pic. That means those details were in focus and the model was not.
To use a tripod or some books will counter this, especially if you get the distance right (check -t's sticky photothread to get a good idea on how to do it the first plac)
It is also possible that you have somesort of autofocus on your camera. Try pressing down the trigger button halfway once(while in macromode). Does a square show up in the middle of the display? If you hold the camera still for a moment and aim at your model, does the square turn green after a little while? Then it should be in focus.
They yellow should be due to your bulb. A daylight bulb gives a white light and a normal buld yellow. Try taking the pics outdoors or use the natural light from a window...during the day only.
Thanks a TON for the help, guys! Check out the results!
Ok, so I still have a ways to go to make the details stand out better, but man, I will N-E-V-E-R doubt the wisdom of using the right light bulb again! Thanks, guys!
BTW, C&C are most welcome on this ongoing project in my PIP thread here (Clicky! (Necron army PIP)).