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    Question Images...can't get them nice...

    Hi guys,

    I recently tryed to take some pictures of my new mini, unfortunately they don't look that good...
    I'm using a "light box" and a "Nikon D5100".
    Adds like, flashlight, iso 1600 the distance is about 40cm.

    Can you guys give me any suggestion, pls

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    Rage

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    That image looks good to me. Even lighting, clear detail.

    What is it you think is lacking?

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    I agree. The picture looks fine to me. What's bugging you about it?

    If it doesn't quite match what you see, did you try auto bracketing? Often I find with the bright lights my pictures are closer to reality if they are underexposed slightly. Other thoughts... You may want to try a more interesting photo background. There are some for free at MassiveVoodoo and I'm sure you could find more online. Something like a simple color gradient can be a nice alternative to plain black. Also I know sometimes you'll get a bit of noise at the higher ISO settings, so you could try knocking it down to 800.

    But again, that's just general advice. I think you pictures look great so just depends on what you're not happy with.

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    I'd take the ISO down to the lowest number you can, but having said that the pictures look ok to me.
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    @ shponglefan
    Mkaaay, thx for that
    I'm not sure, it's just like...that there's something missing to get that "Yeah, that's a nice pic". If you know what I mean

    @ Bailey03
    Thx bro
    I'll head now for new backrounds. That could be that little thing that I've missed :O

    @ Dragonsreach
    Alright, I'm on it.
    I'm gonna do some checks on ISO 800 and lower to see what will be the best one for me
    Thx dude

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    Another perfectionist I see. The mini looks amazing. Sadly, the great paint job and crisp detail really detracts from the background. Not sure how that will affect the score... maybe only an 8.5 or 9 likely.
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    Rage; The ISO at 800 still seems high to me.
    Going back to good old 35mm Kodachrome slide photography the ISO equivalent for that is 25 and that is what a lot of Landscape and Detail photographers used. Me included!
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    @ Zab
    Ha, I'm far away from that but thanks Yeah,I'm on it, new background is on it's way :P

    @ Dragonsreach
    Alright, I'm not very familiar with all that photo stuff
    Ok, so I'll set the ISO as low as possible.
    I got a Tripod and all that gear, not pro like but I think it's good enough for my use.

    Thanks a lot guys

    Rage

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    It's our pleasure.
    After all we end up sharing in the pictures you take so we all want good "Eye Candy".



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    If I were going to critique anything about this photo at all it would be the fact that it's a side-view... which isn't all that interesting. Otherwise, the exposure looks spot-on.
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    It's actually a really nice photo. Like the others have said,.. set your ISO down around 100 or so. Also (and this is just knit-picking) if you look at the cables coming off of the rear leg, and the far end of the front tusk/spike and the front leg that's in the background,.. see how they are a bit fuzzy and out of focus?? Try setting your aperature size to around 16 or so (you may need to adjust up or down a click or two from there, but it's a good starting point)
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    I use a Nikon D7100, so it is going to operate the same. Are you shooting with full Auto, Aperture Priority (A) or Program Mode (P)? I like the light you have, but using black it makes the miniature seem to be floating in space, which can be good, but makes it hard for the eye to work out the depth of field in the shot. Solid white can be just as bad if you are pumping out a lot of light. I like to bounce light off the walls and allow shadows from the mini to form on the ground. Even a subtle shadow gives the eye a lot of clue as to how they are viewing the mini.

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    The Picture looks nice, It's my second experience to see that's amazing creativity which you have done. I am highly impressed and would like to try by my own technique.

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    OMG, if I were you I'd have to be proud of to me, this is a great work, but with you it is different. I wish to learn from you lot, expect others master to help you

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    Quote Originally Posted by griffongames View Post
    If I were going to critique anything about this photo at all it would be the fact that it's a side-view... which isn't all that interesting. Otherwise, the exposure looks spot-on.
    Quote Originally Posted by Webmonkey View Post
    It's actually a really nice photo. Like the others have said,.. set your ISO down around 100 or so. Also (and this is just knit-picking) if you look at the cables coming off of the rear leg, and the far end of the front tusk/spike and the front leg that's in the background,.. see how they are a bit fuzzy and out of focus?? Try setting your aperature size to around 16 or so (you may need to adjust up or down a click or two from there, but it's a good starting point)
    Quote Originally Posted by Silverwulfe View Post
    I use a Nikon D7100, so it is going to operate the same. Are you shooting with full Auto, Aperture Priority (A) or Program Mode (P)? I like the light you have, but using black it makes the miniature seem to be floating in space, which can be good, but makes it hard for the eye to work out the depth of field in the shot. Solid white can be just as bad if you are pumping out a lot of light. I like to bounce light off the walls and allow shadows from the mini to form on the ground. Even a subtle shadow gives the eye a lot of clue as to how they are viewing the mini.
    Quote Originally Posted by priyakhan View Post
    The Picture looks nice, It's my second experience to see that's amazing creativity which you have done. I am highly impressed and would like to try by my own technique.
    Quote Originally Posted by sunfrog24h View Post
    OMG, if I were you I'd have to be proud of to me, this is a great work, but with you it is different. I wish to learn from you lot, expect others master to help you
    Oh wow, totally forgot about this thread
    anyway, thank youuu all a lot for your opinions/hints/ etc. it's very kind

    keep on painting

    and thx again

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    This is really Amazing And Great Image. i Really loved that , and Much Appreciated, Thanks

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    Very nice figure, I like the colours.

    From my experiences of photographing model cars, If they also apply to miniatures.
    I would suggest Very low Iso rating , Tripod , Daylight bulbs x 2 and no flash of any kind.
    As suggested earlier, Move back a little and use zoom to increase the depth of field.
    Aim for an exposure of around 1-2 seconds and compare results to what you already have.
    Good luck and please post your results.

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