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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 10-30-09, 12:59 PM Thread Starter
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Alright so, seeing as there are a few of us, my self included, that have decent minis painted but do not have decent pictures of them. Can anyone post up afew tips on taking pictures of them? Maybe include

- Lighting
- Use of backdrops
- Setting up a little light box (I've seen afew of those around)
- What camera you use
and anything else you'd find useful. Maybe we could sticky this if we get enough replies or a halfway decent tutorial for it. There are a lot of good paint jobs out there but the pictures do not do them justice.

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This is in no way a Project Log. Moved to Modelling and Painting.

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Take them outside, the natural light is much better than fake lightbulb light, even from a day glow light.

never been a fan of light boxes, light goes everywhere, but that also creates shadows everywhere and looks very unnatural

backdrops aren't too important really, I take mine in the garden so the backdrop is all rocks and greenery, however I think that help make the models stand out as I use allot of dark colors, but otherwise something neutral like greys should work, white I find doesn't, again it creates too much shadow and glare.

as for camera, anything with Macro is good

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A tripod (or other way of stabilising the camera) is essential.
Some way of getting the camera to take the picture without your shaking meat paddles is also good.

I use a DSLR on a tripod, outside in (2-4pm summer time) sunlight (not as harsh), on macro (the little flower - it's a tulip - symbol) AND self-timer. Set focus (manual) and composition, Press the shutter button, step back and wait for the shot to happen).
If the light is bad, though, I use a flash (but it's a pro model that I can dial down the power on - so it doesn't hiroshima-level overexpose the shot) - it works well at a range of 35cm.

I am, however, an ex-pro-snapper and have more camera gear than the average joe miniatures player.

Smaller compact digitals can always be rested on the tabletop and used to get shots that way.

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it doesn't have to be elaborate. i took the photo in this thread using a 10 megapixel samsung camera, hand held, from about 2 feet away (zoomed in obviously), indoors.


Just hit the macro button and go for your life

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