Oh dear, this slipped under the radar and I didn't even know it got posted. Anyway, to continue this guide to taking good DSLR shots.
First of all, when taking pictures of your miniatures, you'll NEED A TRIPOD. There is no way around it, you do... Camerashake will ruin your picture. Luckily, tripods don't need to be expensive. For a few dollars, you can pick up a cheapo tripod at most stores. You'll be taking pictures indoor... There is no need to invest in a super high endurance carbon tripod!
There reason why you need a tripod, is the slow shutterspeed you'll have when taking shots of your models. We already know that we want a pretty tight aperture setting (somewhere between f8.0 to f15.0 should be about right). This sadly doesn't allow a lot of light to get through.
Secondly, you'll want a pretty low ISO setting. The ISO setting on your camera is the sensor's sensitivity to light. A high setting will make your camera very lightsensitive... but at a pretty steep price. That price being that your picture will become quite grainy. Ever seen those horrible pictures people take during dark parties that end up one giant grainy mess? Too high ISO setting is why.
So you'll want a tiny aperture AND a low ISO number (like 100-200 or 400 at max). This means you'll have to compensate somewhere to take in enough light for the camera to register it. And that compensation, is the very slow shutter speed (often several seconds). There is just no way you're ever going to shoot that out of your hand!
So a quick summary:
- high f-stop value (8.0 to 15.0)
- low ISO value (100 - 400)
- need for a tripod because of the slow shutter speed.
Next installements will include things like good miniature lighting, using reflectors, light softeners and the correct backgrounds. Sorry for the slow updates, I had already forgotten about this thread...