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#56401
Photo tips 11 Months, 3 Weeks ago  
All of the pics posted in the Cool Photos of DF Sets section are really well done! Well, all except mine. I readily admit that I'm no Ann Liebovitz.

What tips can you share regarding Dwarven Forge photography?

Special lighting, photoshop, and camera techniques are what I'm looking for. Or link to an old post that already addresses this topic that I somehow missed.
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#56419
Re:Photo tips 11 Months, 3 Weeks ago  
The person that shows the best photography skills in this forum is in my opinion Kronos. You can read about some of his secrets here:
www.dwarvenforge.com/forum?func=view&catid=3&id=45251&limit=12&start=12
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#56422
Re:Photo tips 11 Months, 3 Weeks ago  
One of my favorite photographers on the forum is Kronos. He talks about some of the techniques he uses in his Inner Courtyard post.

I'm a total beginner myself (I had never used anything but a point and shoot camera until I decided to start taking DF pics), but the most helpful advice I've received so far is to get good lighting. Not expensive necessarily, just more than the usual room lighting provides.

When I used a flash, the color of my setup appeared washed-out, but with no flash you couldn't make out details. I just bought a couple cheap arm lamps with clamps from my local office supply store and use them with standard bulbs. I can easily move them as needed for each setups.

Good luck :)
LOL, looks like Biowizard beat me to it. Gotta be fast on these forums ;)
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#56438
Re:Photo tips 11 Months, 3 Weeks ago  
Kronos is my favorite photographer too.His photography skill is amazing.
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#56443
Re:Photo tips 11 Months, 3 Weeks ago  
Thanks for the link and advice, Bio & Feymous. I've officially set up an entire new folder of bookmarks solely for DF Forum threads now ;-)


Edit: and I am 100% in agreement with you: Kronos' pics are PRIMO, along with his set ups!
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#56445
Re:Photo tips 11 Months, 3 Weeks ago  
biowizard wrote:
The person that shows the best photography skills in this forum is in my opinion Kronos. You can read about some of his secrets here:
www.dwarvenforge.com/forum?func=view&catid=3&id=45251&limit=12&start=12


Thanks for the link! I would not have thought those pictures were taken with a single (on camera) flash. I even have the exact same flash, so that will save me from trying to set up my umbrella to try getting good pictures.

If you don't have a fancy flash (in this case, fancy means "can be pointed at the ceiling") then any kind of strong overhead lighting will do. The important things are that it be bright enough, and that all the lights are the same color. If the brightness is an issue, then a tripod can help you take better pictures with less light.

For the camera, you don't need anything particularly special, but you should definitely get to know the settings available. If your camera is nice enough to have manual settings for shutter speed, aperture, and iso, then you would be well served learning how each affects a picture. If your camera has any kind of white balance setting, learn how to use it. The most common problem I see in hobby photography (meaning terrain, miniatures, etc) is incorrect white balance. Things end up looking strangely yellow, or blue, or orange, and you can't show off the beautiful colors you spent so long choosing. If your camera doesn't have a white balance setting you can manipulate, then try to include some neutral grey objects in the image. This helps the camera determine what the light is like so it can compensate correctly.

For software, I use Adobe Lightroom to process my photos. It's really only worth getting something like Lightroom if your camera can shoot RAW images. If you only get jpegs, most of Lightroom's power will be unavailable to you.
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#56480
Re:Photo tips 11 Months, 3 Weeks ago  
Shadaraman, you rock! I wouldn't have considered any of the things you just mentioned.

Thank you!!
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