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    Default A post for Trevor!

    Right, you wanted to get better pictures so I thought I take look ans see if I could help you anything. This is what I came up with.

    First of all I don\'t think your images are all that bad. They are well lit and you can see all the details of the mini and that\'s pretty much the most important parts. However there are some points I\'ve got. I used Legolas as an example.

    Do you use lightbulbs when you photograph? Your photos often seem to have a slight yellow tint to them. You could try to level the miniatures more in photoshop and use \"colourbalance\" tool. The best way is however to get flourecent lighting with as cool lighttemperature as possible. This will also makes your colour look more like IRL. I leveled this photo some and then I used the colourbalance tool and took away some of the yellow tint. I\'m no pro when it comes to photoshop so if there is anyone with better suggestion?

    Either it\'s the way the camera or it\'s the way you compress the images but there are some artefacts, digital noise, on your images. I\'d like to give more sharpness to the picture but if you sharpen the images more the noise will show more as well so it\'s hard to solve in an easy way. You could use unsharp mask on this image as well as a tool called \"despeckle\" it removes some artifacts, especially from larger surfaces. But it can also make som jagged edges even more.. edgier as well as making the mini look less like it does IRL. As there is alot of artifacts present I only did some minor sharpening and left it at that. On the first picture of the four I used The \"smudge\" tool to remove some the artifacts from the large background area. You could use it on the mini as well but that is cheating!! ;) This is the result:



    compare to: http://www.coolminiornot.com/108572

    I hope anything helps.

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    Looks like either a ropey camera or poor compression. Use \'Save for web\' in photoshop and get the file size as close to 100k without going over.

    The montage is starting to get quite large - hence the noisy image from compression. You could have left off the closeup and montaged it into a gap elsewhere.

    Were the pictures under exposed to start with? That doesn\'t help either.

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    Originally posted by Spacemunkie
    Looks like either a ropey camera or poor compression. Use \'Save for web\' in photoshop and get the file size as close to 100k without going over.

    The montage is starting to get quite large - hence the noisy image from compression. You could have left off the closeup and montaged it into a gap elsewhere.

    Were the pictures under exposed to start with? That doesn\'t help either.
    Good points, but I don\'t think it is necessary to make the post smaller if you use the \"save for web\" function even if you of course get better quality the smaller the montage. I don\'t think that\'s the catch here.

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    wow definately a lot clearer, nice
    I\'m definately gonna be keeping a closer eye on this section

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    Thanks, some handy tips there. I\'m thinking that my lighting and my camera are hurting me. After I move I\'m gonna try and get a decent photography setup, with decent lighting etc. Then I guess the only other way to improve is to get a better camera :(

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    Originally posted by Trevor
    Thanks, some handy tips there. I\'m thinking that my lighting and my camera are hurting me. After I move I\'m gonna try and get a decent photography setup, with decent lighting etc. Then I guess the only other way to improve is to get a better camera :(
    That is probably the sad truth. You can get a good macrocamera for a decent price nowadays. But on the other hand you must decide how important it is for you? If your content with how your camera functions othervise, maybe it\'s not so important that you get the perfect pictures on cmon? What camera do you use now?

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    The yellow tint might not be because of a bad camera, but not using it correctly.

    I have a Canon powershot A80. Great camera, it has decent resolution, good macro and a lot of functions, especially outdoors photos look great.

    However: Up until recently, I too had the yellowish problem. Nothing seemed to help (daylight bulbs, halogen lamps, blue painted glass in front of the light a.s.o.). Of course it could be fixed in photoshop but those adjustments tended to mess up the colors a bit. So I played around a little more with my camera and found an excellent excellent function called \"manual white balance\". Real simple to use, just put a white paper in front of the camera and lock the white balance and you\'ll have a perfectly correct picture, no yellow tint what so ever.

    Now of course this might not be your problem but you should check if you can find a similar feature on your camera before you get a new one.

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    Default See the light....

    Yup setting the white balance correctly for your lighting makes a BIG difference. As the person said before, set up your picture, then before you take the shot, slip a white sheet of paper in front and set your white balance. The camera will then make any neccessary adjustments automatically according to the light values.

    It\'s not as complicated as it sounds, unless of course, your camera doesn\'t have this function.... :rolleyes:

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