I am no mini photography expert, i am just a bit fo a photo geek. However it is worth understanding depth fo field, and you have to when you take macro shots, which you need to for minis.
Have a look at this http://www.cambridgeincolour.com/tut...h-of-field.htm
- if you look at the three samples under 'Controlling depth of field'/ At f8 you ge the close head and further ones in focus. At f5.6 and f2.8 you see the background is less and less in focus.
When youa re outside taking pics this isn;t as bad as you are focussing far away and the depth fo field (the range of distances from you that are in focus) is generally big-ish. However in macro shots like fo minis then with a low f number you will see that the are in focus is reaaaaaaly thin. In this pic:
...the gun is in focus and everything further back than that, even 5mm behind, is blurry.
What kind of camera do you have? For a start they often have a macro mode that may help. Also if it is in auto mode then the less light, the lower f number the camera will try and choose, as lower f numbers get more light into the camera. Your later pics don;t share the same problem, so things got better.
I am sure there are people here a thousand times better at giving guides to photographing minis, maybe one of them has written up a guide? I am not a modeller so I am not sure.