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    I was using Canon Powershot A70 (all the pictures in my gallery except for the last one). Right now, it\'s Canon 350D DSLR with Sigma 18-125 lens, but I haven\'t yet tried this combination. I want macro lens!

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    For the last 8 months, a Nikon D50 with a Tamron 28-75mm lens that has a great macro focal built in. Before that I was using a Casio 3000EX.

    Garyo

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    I have junk. A Cannon Powershot A520 on a tripod, macro mode, 3 floresent 100watt bulbs and a home made diffusion box. I\'ve seen a cheap $100 Nikon coolpix that takes better macro pictures. I\'m hopeing to get a Nikon soon. Before that, the early stuff in my gallery was taken with a scanner.

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    I have a Nikon Coolpix 3200.

    I have the image size set to maximum resolution.

    I have white balance set.

    I have macro mode ON.

    I use two desk lamps with Daylight Bulbs.

    I (usually) use a printed White-to-blue gradient  A4 sheet, with several sheets of white paper behind it so nothing will show through.

    I have my camera either on a mini-tripod or book, depending on the angle I want.

    I have the camera 6-8 inches from the subject.

    I always use the timer.

    I take several pictures from different angles.

    I transfer these to my computer and, using Photoshop Elements version 2.0 I crop the image, resize it, go to Quick Fix and set Auto levels, Auto Contrast and Colour in that order.

    I save in the Save for Web option.

    And I keep experimenting :)

    And here\'s my stuff http://www.coolminiornot.com/artist/orctrader


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    Canon Digital Rebel with a Quantary combined zoom/macro lens.

    Use a tripod and the timer shot, usually set on \"Manual Mode\", indoors, with two fluorescent table lamps for lighting.

    I usually set the camera to \"+1\" exposure level, and it still turns out a bit dim, which I correct with GIMP using the Autolevels feature.

    Still experimenting with backgrounds - Wren suggested grey instead of the white I was using recently.


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    I use an HP r707... it is a point and shoot digicam at 5.1 megapixels... love it but want one that i can exchange lenses and stuff and actually zoom and macro tiny stuff.... :D was dureling over a 10 megapixel at best buy *sigh*

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    I\'ve not used it on any of my minis yet but I\'ve now got an Eos 400D. waiting on a 50mm macro lens, and a new tripod after Xmas. For now I\'m going to have to use the macro on my 70-300mm lens (macro at 300mm is scary!!! Its gonna show up all the flaws).

    My old digi cam was a 3MP point and shoot job, but i decided id upgrade from my old manual SLR as I got a good deal on the Eos.

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    Canon EOS 10D
    Carbon Fiber Tripod
    50mm 2.5 macro lens
    B+W Cir Pol
    Light tent
    5 25 w daylight balanced bulbs
    Usb Cable
    Laptop

    Okay easy set-up.

    Camera on tripod tethered to the computer. 5 lights set around tent, mini in tent. Look thru viewfinder make sure center focus point is on set camera to Apt mode set to F16. Push space bar take pic......:beer:

    Gets more complicated if I need to use the Cir Pol to kill unwanted glare or make the highlights on reds show.

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    Nikon Coolpix P3 for me, neat little thing. I\'d honestly recommend the P4 though, no wifi mode but it\'s a fair bit cheaper. And the wifi I still haven\'t got to work so... :P

    Anyway I have a setup with 3 14W daylight fluorescent lamps about 6-12\" from the model, one for each side and one diagonally above and in front of the mini. Camera tucks nicely in between the three for ~3\" away macro shots with slight zoom.

    Works a ton better than my old Canon Powershot A20... and it\'s like 40% the size of that old beast. I\'m very glad I upgraded.

    Two problems with the camera though, neither crippling but both of them nuisances.
    1) If you leave the camera turned on while plugged into the computer, it will not automatically shut off like my old one. Sucks when that happens!
    2) ISO 400 is the most sensitive it gets... so for everyday kind of use it\'s not as good at lowlight as some of the Sony ones. ISO 800 and 1000 get pretty grainy but then again anything that moves in low light with ISO 400 is blurry as hell anyway... I\'d at least like the option.

    I kinda wish I looked into the Sony cameras a bit more, if their macro modes are decent then their ridiculously tiny frame and low light settings might be very handy.

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    Why not, i\'ll add to the threadomancy. I used a Cannon A20 with a homemade light diffusion box and three 120w daylight bulbs and it sucked hard. Now however i got a Nikon Coolpix L5 with 3 20w compact daylight corrected bulbs and a 10\"X10\" sold acrylic light box. I have yet to snap more then a quick picture with 2 of the lights but already it\'s tons better quality.

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    Kodak EasyShare DX4330. It\'s now a defunct model that Kodak discontinued, as it\'s more than a few years old. It\'s a 3.1 megapixel camera, but don\'t let that fool you. It takes amazing pictures, with very accurate color (for the most part. When it does go crazy, it tends to make reds a lot brighter, mostly).

    The macro lens is great (and so, so, so inevitably cruel to my minis.) I actually have been known to use the macro lens on things I could get away with using the auto mode.

    It\'s one of those rare gems in the EasyShare line: It takes pictures with a lot more vibrance and sharpness than some that followed it.

    So we\'ve had this camera, seriously, about five or six years now. It\'s a veritable antique, but we\'re actually really afraid to part with it, because I\'ve taken better pics with it than I\'ve seen some do with much more beefy cameras.

    I wish I could say I took better pictures of my MINIS with it, but I guess you can\'t change the fact I\'m sort of a cruddy painter as yet. :)

    The one thing I don\'t like: It isn\'t terribly forgiving of bad lighting. So when there is no natural light, I have to use a desk lamp on macro. When I use a desk lamp, things get harsher looking.

    And the LCD screen is really craptacular (I used that word a lot today. Hmmmm) and it\'s not at all representative of the pictures the camera actually produces.

    shoe

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    Just thought I'd bump this thread and maybe see if it could be "stickied" in this super new forum


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    Canon Ixus 950IS

    Printed blue gradient and two daylight flourescents.

    No tripod or remotes for the extra danger

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    Will I be slowly beaten into a pulp if I reveal my camera? Hmm...
    Ah, well, what's there to lose.

    I Use a Nokia 6220 Classic for my camera needs! (Ducks and covers)

    Yep, a mobile phone camera...

    Am I dead yet?

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    Well seeing as I have changed from the Fuji I used to use when this thread was started I may as well add to the reserection of this thread

    I now use a Nikon D80 and 18 - 55mm, 70 -300mm zoom lenses and a 60mm macro lense for the small stuff.

    Most of the time I tend to use the macro lense as a work horse even when shooting photos of turtles 30 feet away I have had great results with it. I still have the Fuji though

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    I use a Sony DSC-200, which has quite a good macro mode. I actually don't have any real negatives with the camera, as with most photos, the setup of the subject and lighting are the most important things to get right. I tend to use a small (6") tripod and pop it onto timer mode when I want to take a 'good' picture, but have had reasonable results just pressing the button

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    Since the 300D I've been through a 400D and am now using a 40D and 1Ds all still with the excellent little 50 compact macro. The 40D is on its way for a 7D shortly, although it looks as though I might just buy a 35mm 1.4 this weekend

    Nothing more complex than hotshoe flash bounced off the ceiling usually, although I've got a set of radio triggers and will likely get another strobe for a more traditional two light setup. I've got a set of studio lights and umbrellas/reflectors but they're utter overkill for figures

    Edit: This is a mod I made for my flash to diffuse and bounce it more effectively - I use this with a trigger:




  18. #38

    Smile What camera do you use

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    i have a Canon 450d SLR , if your budget can handle it ,i would highly recommend a Digi SLR , ive had point and shoot cameras etc but you get more control etc with an SLR and you can mess around with them more! the Canon in close up mode in auto settings really is the best you can wish for! the nikon D60's pretty hot also ! but i'am a Canon Fan!... Cheers.
    Last edited by dark shaman; 10-30-2009 at 07:20 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dark shaman View Post
    ...the Canon in close up mode in auto settings really is the best you can wish for!
    If the main reason for buying a DSLR is because "you get more control etc with an SLR and you can mess around with them more!", why on earth would you use it like a glorified p&s in auto??!

    Using a DSLR in auto without a macro lens will net you results that are little better than a decent p&s. In fact many p&s in macro mode will have your DSLR and kit lens for toast when it comes to photographing minis.

    Lighting and decent processing are far more important!

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    Good point! and point taken! as for left for toast thats not correct! depends on the quality of the lens, and also lighting so your left for toast comment 'well'!!! its as also what you would call a good pick? you've got to say us painters are a funny lot! whats good to some eyes, are sometime OK to others Just a thought! and not to rattle things! Btw the new breed of point and shoots are getting better! but , and if you read my post Slrs DO offer better control !
    Last edited by dark shaman; 10-30-2009 at 08:34 PM.

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