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    1. 'Painting is a companion with whom one may hope to walk a great part of life's journey.' W. Churchill
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    I don't think the representation of the mini is very honest if it is only lit softly from above, otherwise decent tut.

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    This is very helpful. Thank you!

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    Thank you!!

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    I really appreciate your work. Thank you so much for this. For a photographer, It's like a daily dose.

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    nice tut, at least the content above "And there it is!". too bad you cant see half the mini in the finished photos. honestly i dont get why people tend to use dark background so much of the mini disappear, personally i dont feel its a good way to show off your work.

    shouldnt complain too much though, as my own pictures suck monkeyb@lls.

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    The white balance advice was huge. I guess I was inadvertently doing this when I took photos of my minis, because I would always focus on a white object and then shoot the mini, though this would sometimes cause some blur because my focal point wasn't always directly on the mini.

    He has it right when he says that natural sunlight is best. And yes, it moves and can be problematic. However, I will just try to be patient at this stage. I will either wait for a cloudy day or shoot at dawn because the sun is naturally filtered at these times. After spending 3 months painting a mini, I have no problem waiting a few days for the right conditions to photograph in.

    Yes, his photo sucks because half the mini is obscured in darkness. This destroys his picture, that's for sure. If you want a black background, use a black background. I found that black poster board and black cloth does not work. Sections of it are too gray. Instead, use a blacked out TV screen or computer monitor. Your mini will glow in front of it under the right conditions.

    For me, this is what it is all about. Getting the mini to glow. Once I have this, and my highlights are blinging without being too harsh, I know I have the right conditions. For some reason, shooting in front of a glass door or window always produces the best results for me. However, I haven't found a way to shoot like this and then underlay a white/black/colored background.
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    Wow that's great! Thank you so much!

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    I've just been setting them any old place, and snapping them with my iPhone at default settings. Really need to up my game in this department..

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    thanks. It's very useful tutorial

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    This is a good tutorial. I would recommend using White board on the sides or even below the miniature to get more even lighting and get rid of those shadows. People want to see the painted mini and all those great details.

    You could build a small light box and still use the information from this tut. Take a cardboard box. Cut large holes out of three sides of it. glue or tape tissue paper (stuff used to wrap presents not for the nose) to it. Using your normal desk lamp light it up. The tissue diffuses the light, and will also make the light bounce around inside the box giving you better light on the fig.

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