Learning to take better pics and photos of 40K miniatures and models. A lot of online photo guilds are useful or even simple, but I still need to translate the sage advice into actual pics for this blog. Game plan is to pick up a few quality light sources on the cheap, flood the model with light and snap away from a tripod.
Step 1: Stopping trip to Target
- Desk Lamp (2)- rated for 60W $15.98
- Mini Tripod $19.99
- GE reveal 75 bulbs* $3.49
- Gift to state of Illinois $2.66
- Total $42.12
*bulbs are ‘Crystal Clear’, notable by their high price and clear glass bulbs.
Step 2: Set up desk
Hang a plane white sheet of paper as a back drop. Not only will the backdrop eliminate any clutter behind the model, but the white face should help reflect more light onto the model.
Both photos were taken with my new lighting set up. The photo on the left is touched up with Microsoft Picture It!*. The photo on the right is cropped, but otherwise unaltered. Moral of the story, even bad pics can be helped with a touch of computer TLC.
*software that came bundled with my PC along with the other Microsoft products. Spent about 5 minutes flipping switchs for brightness and sharpness.
I need more work on my photo skills – I’m not at all happy with the yellow haze and the general murkiness in the recesses of the model. Two plans spring to mind – first, add more light (I’ve got my eye on a bank of florescent lights at Wal-Mart); second, try to use and understand terms such as ‘color balance’ and ‘aperture’ (I’ve already tried to read what passes for my camera’s manual without much success).
Links to people who know what they are talking about: