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Re: Help! My pictures aren't in focus! (A camera checklist).
« Reply #20 on: February 6, 2009, 08:40:20 PM »
It also really annoys me when people ignore that such a thread could be useful for ... well ... everybody.  I don't care that you know how to take good photos.  It's a relevant subject to the intent of the OP of the post that it was merged with, it's a good subject to have stickied and it's logical that it should be stickied with this.  Firstly because it prevents the board having umpteen stickies clustered at the top, and secondly because it's on the general subjects of cameras and camera use.
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Re: Help! My pictures aren't in focus! (A camera checklist).
« Reply #21 on: February 9, 2009, 01:39:14 PM »
Hey all, I found out a few days ago that placing a magnifying glass in front of the lens of the camera really makes the picture good! Just try to experiment with it a bit and you'll soon get a perfect shot.
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Re: Help! My pictures aren't in focus! (A camera checklist).
« Reply #22 on: April 19, 2009, 03:01:50 AM »
NOTE: I'm not a licensed photographician.

The OP mentions (in tip 5) orange lighting. You can get 'truer' color if you can tinker with your camera's white balance. Dig around in your camera's settings to see if you can find where to set this. Generally it involves finding the setting, pointing the camera at something you consider white under the lighting you're using to give the camera a baseline for 'white.' You'll probably have to re-set this frequently - lighting conditions change.

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Re: Help! My pictures aren't in focus! (A camera checklist).
« Reply #23 on: July 2, 2009, 10:00:30 AM »
Don't know if this is useful to anybody but I use this background for my photos:



Just save it and print it off onto A4.

Then tape one edge to a flat surface such as a desk or table, and prop something behind to hold the paper upright (I use a mirror) so that models can be placed with the backgound underneath and behind them.

Then position 2 light sources, I normally have one above and one to the side which helps reduce shadow but also provides extra light.

Adjust your EV setting to +1 / +1.5 and hit Macro and you're good to go.

Gives this effect:



By no means professional, but I think it does the job. I unfortunately don't have a tripod which is why the focus is a bit shaky, so I'd reccommend one of those too if you have one.
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Re: Help! My pictures aren't in focus! (A camera checklist).
« Reply #24 on: October 4, 2009, 04:53:22 PM »
Because not everyone has perfect natural light for photography sometimes you need to use the camera flash. The trouble is that flash is 'all or nothing', your picture may be too dark without it but washed out when it's on. I get around this with a cheap flash diffuser, simply hold a piece of plain white paper in front of the flash and it will soften the light nicely. You get all the light you need but without the harsh, washed out look.
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Re: Help! My pictures aren't in focus! (A camera checklist).
« Reply #25 on: May 18, 2010, 04:48:06 PM »
Thanks dux, this thread has been a huge help with photographing my minis
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Re: Help! My pictures aren't in focus! (A camera checklist).
« Reply #26 on: August 10, 2010, 02:03:07 PM »
Yes, thanks. I've had a lot of trouble getting minis in focus, and getting the lighting right. I have a horrible pixel rate on my camera, but I believe if I implement this practical knowledge when necessary, I should be able to get some useable photos.
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