Photography

How to Paint High Contrast Miniatures with Photography (5 Steps)

Not sure if you have enough contrast on your painted miniature? A quick way to check if you have enough contrast on your miniature is to take a photo! Once you have the image, remove the color. You’ll see the dynamic range on your model a lot better, and painting with high contrast will become …

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Black and White Photography: 40 Images with my 40mm Lens

Over the years, I’ve developed a joy for taking photos. Of the images I’ve created with my camera, I’m still drawn to black and white photography. There is a simplicity in black and white photography: a timelessness. Without color, a photograph feels ageless. I suppose that is the beauty of photography: discovering things that were …

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Best Lightbox for Miniature and Model Photography (Top 5 Reviewed and Tips)

Best Lightbox for Miniature and Model Photography (Top 5 Reviewed and Tips) - photographing miniatures - DIY light boxes - how to photograph miniatures - light booths for miniature photography

Want better photos of your miniatures? Get a photo light box! You don’t need a fancy camera. Your smart phone will probably do a great job. All you need is “good light”. A light box or photo booth are an important tool if you’re looking for professional quality images of your miniatures. If you’re painting …

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Testing Camera Setup for Videography (Miniature Painting): First Run

I’ve recently wondered how artists make their miniature painting videos for YouTube. What kind of equipment do they use? Where do they place their camera? And, how do they frame their shots? All of these questions…but very little written instruction out there on where to start. As someone who learns best by-doing, I decided to …

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5 Essential Camera Shots For Better Battle Reports

Do you want to write better battle reports? Are your adventure logs lacking  narrative flair? Maybe you’ve played a memorable tabletop game like Warhammer 40k or Warmachine/Hordes, or are simply keeping a campaign record for your Dungeon and Dragons group. Either way, you’re looking for ways to spruce up your writing with some pictures. This …

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How To "Focus-Stack": Improve Your Miniature Photos

Focus Stack for Better Miniatures Photos - Improve your miniature photography with focus stacking

For miniature painters who want to share their work, or gamers that want to record their battle reports, capturing sharp and clear images is pretty important. Focus stacking can help! Today’s camera technology in smart phones, DSLRs, or mirrorless compact cameras, has made it possible for anyone to take a picture at a moment’s notice. …

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Black and White Photography: The Waterfront in San Diego, California

Black and white photography is a great approach in bright sunlight. Hard light and shadows make textures pop and create all forms of structural interest. I’ve been slowly learning how to create better black and white images. It does take patience. I was here for work at the Convention center and had a chance to …

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What Kind of Camera Should I Use to Photograph my Models? Try your Smartphone (overview)

I get this photography question a lot. You want to photograph your miniatures in the best light possible. The first instinct for many is to grab the closest object that has a camera attached to it; this is usually a smartphone, e.g., iphone. And, this is actually the perfect response. …but, the pictures are grainy. …

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