Miniatures painting and taking pictures of your work

January 05, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

I take some pictures since a while, bought my first DSLR camera almost 8 years ago. I like this hobby, now with kids much less time to go out, so I started, a bit more than a year, to paint miniatures again. I have been out for a while, always liked it, but living in China,  seemed impossible for me to paint, not enough time, hard to find good materials, minis, paints, brushes... Now a year later all can be found with reliable sources! So I painted, painted and painted (around 10-12h per week). 

I believe it is a sane hobby (except for your neck), no need to stay in front of a screen, your brain is quite active (but not too much), you can listen music during this time, working on your color scheme, then you have something as a result, hopefully a nice painted miniature. It is not really expensive hobby, you can start really small and spend a lots of time on one miniature, then your collection and hobby material are growing (exponentially). Finally you improve your work and you want to share them, so you take pictures. I was taking pictures before so I thought easy...

But after more than 25 miniatures painted and photographed I realized that it is not so easy, So I finally spent time to look at what can be improved. Again I saw that I was using shortcuts, easy way of doing, maximum aperture, bad lights quite close.. Why? I just wanted to get rid of the mini I spent so much time on it... I could not see it anymore and wanted to switch to the new ones I just bought. This is the biggest mistake, in miniatures painting (and surely everywhere). Take your time to finish and present your results, as a best source of motivation to continue.

So you will need good lighting, 2 or 3 light sources (halogen spots daylight high CRI are the best), with some simple diffuser films, avoiding dark areas and too bright areas, emphasizing the shapes of the sculpt and from your paint job, creating the atmosphere of your mini. The best is to use a SLR but a good point and shoot camera will also work if there are some manual settings. Then just adjust the aperture from 8 to 16 according to the sensor size, the lens you use the depth of field you would like to reach. Simple, 5.6-8 you will get (in most of the case) the sharpest image, but a shallow depth of field, so if your mini is not flat, you will get blurred areas and sharps ones. Aperture 16 your image will be slightly less sharp but you much greater depth of field with almost a complete sharp mini (depends on the mini size). Try to fill your image with your mini to get more definition. What I often forgot, and still don' t have is a proper background, I will try with simple printed pages with color gradient... Will keep you inform on this blog. Then you can start your shooting experience, try many different ways, experiment, change the light position, add some fill flash remotely position (wireless system), etc...

I believe that photographing the mini is part of the process in order to share your work the best way, show it to the community to get some feedback, keep motivated and progress. It should not be forgotten or rushed!


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