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Wednesday, 29 February 2012


So I think I sorted out my photography! I was able to spend some time playing around with my set up, both the fold away light box and my camera. It's taken a long time to work out where I was going wrong and what I needed to do in order to improve the final quality. Not necessarily an issue for my blog here, which tends to have lots of WiP stuff anyway, but definately key for my ipaintmodels blog where I want to showcase my painting capabilities!

My images were varied in their quality, and although they were grabbing a fair bit of detail, they were very "fuzzy"...

I spent a long while reading and searching for information, including, Miniature Tim, Marsekay's Painting Blog, Iain from Stormy Teacups, GunGrave and last but no means least From The Warp Big List of Really Useful Stuff!!! I found the right spot for my light box, ignored my previous desire for natural light and set the camera on a highly adjustable tripod. I even set the pictures to timer in order to avoid any vibration caused by me pushing the button!

The result is easy to see... the pictures are crisp, clear, detailed... everything you would want or need them to be! I only have to do some minor post-photo editing to brighten up the backgrounds now! So, thank you to all those who have posted about photographing your miniatures!

These pictures are snippets of future posts on my iPaintmodels blog. If you want to see more, then be sure to follow updates from there (I've got these and more ready to post!) For the rest of you, I'll be back at the weekend for the next installment of Working With Foamboard.

If people want to know more about exactly what I do now, or the set up that I use then leave a comment and if there's enough interest I'll expand upon it in a future post.


  1. Fantastic work, good sir. I'll be sure to take notes when I finish my own armies!

  2. These shots look great. I'm wondering what you use for post photo clean-up? My setup is simply fluorescent lighting (ambient or lamp, both work about the same in my experience)and using Photoshop's auto tone feature to brighten or darken where need be. I adjust levels in extreme cases (usually instances of low light).

  3. Thanks Asher & Matt!

    I use photoshop too... A simple adjustment of the brightness seems to be enough. Getting the background closer to the bright white it actually is has the effect of also getting the colours of the model closer to their true brightness too. Although I've worked out how to do better white balance on my camera now, I also use photoshops "Remove Color Cast" simple dropper on the background to omit any remaining halogen light tone.