Your pics are better, and I can use them. To really bring out the details you need more light. How much light are you using; in Watts, type of bulb?
Edit: I've added this to the first post; If you are having problems with image quality; try basic three point lighting, though with a backdrop you can modify this (quick Google: such as here, and here). More Google for lighting such as this here.
You will notice they all mention the need for light, and lots of it. The bulbs you should use are 'daylight' bulbs. You can get good 'daylight' eco-bulbs, that use less Watts, produce less heat (think of the resin!), and provide a good white light. Type 'daylight bulb' into Amazon and you should get a good selection.
And this image:
With a little messing about in photoshop (assuming the resin is 'white'), I recorded the actions, used to correct the image, and applied it to all. Once I have a good enough photo (more light!) I can customize a set of mods for that specific camera (ie 'colour correction burano') and any future snaps with the same set up are easy to correct (hit 'play'). I still want more light though ;D
Anyway, thanks burano, I've added you images to the store - for the minis that are in the store
PS: thanks for the shot of the Merc 2
Last Edit: Jun 21, 2011 15:36:28 GMT -5 by Philip S
There doesn't seem to be excessive artifacting - so I'm guess it's not gone to optical zoom - but there is grain. There isn't enough light to get rid of the grain.
All digital cameras love light. You want enough light to trip the auto-features to go to ISO 100 or 200. If lower than 400 grain starts to creep in (example).
So you may wonder why cameras do not use ISO 100 all the time? The simple answer is speed. Without a tripod it has to be quick enough not to get motion blur. For hand-held shot, without motion blur, ISO 100 needs the light of a bright summers day (think holiday snaps in the sun). That is a lot of light. If the light is not that intense; you need to increase the exposure time to get to ISO 100, and that means a tripod to counter shake/ motion blur.
Many lower end digital cameras do not always come with full manual settings. You can't pick ISO 100, put it one a tripod, and increase the exposure time. Instead the full auto digital camera will drop to a larger ISO setting, 400 (bit of grain), 800, 1,600, and 3,200 (tons of grain) in order to counter motion blur (the manufactures figure it's not going to end up on a tripod - it's for holiday snaps!).
Auto To get around this, you need to throw enough light at it to think it's a summers day (outside). That is actually quite hard to do, and requires proper photography high power bulbs. With a few regular blubs, say 25W eco-bulbs, we are probably only going to get ISO 400 or so, which is OK for what we need. Any lower and we get grain.
Example: The image I took of that knight on horseback directly under an anglepoise lamp with 32W daylight bulb, and there are two 36W fluorescent tube uplighters in the room. The image is not over-exposed because the camera automatically set to a lower ISO setting. It was full auto, macro mode, so I do not know what the exact ISO was, but it must be a reasonably low number. The highlights were not excessively blown out because there was plenty of ambient light (the two fluorescent tubes). The Ambient light is very important.
1:72 scale French Knight by Zvezda (hoof to plume is about 40mm)
It's in no way perfect, it was a quick snap: I literally put the mini on the tin, turned my anglepoise lamp to shine on it, powered on the camera, changed to macro, zoomed in, and clicked. Thing done. The reason I could get away with it, is that there is enough light in my room.
25W of eco-bulb is about 100W of old fashion incandescent bulb. So two 36W tubes, and the 32W anglepoise is 104W, or about 4 100W old fashioned bulbs in my studio. That's the regular amount of light I have when working at night. It's enough to avoid eye strain.
Manual control If you have full manual control you need to pick the ISO, or increase the exposure time, and use a tripod. How you go about that depends on the camera. This allows you to take good quality shots in lower light conditions, probably even get up to ISO 100, or even 80, if the exposure is long enough. Alternatively you can simply flick it to auto, throw a ton of light at it, and let the camera do the work. If there is enough light the camera is automatically switch to a lower ISO number (lower the better).
The two choices are: more light, or use manual mode*.
*If using manual mode you'll probably still want more light (and if learning all about manual mode and photography, you probably can;t help but learn about good lighting).
More light! Google is at your finger tips
Last Edit: Jun 24, 2011 4:20:20 GMT -5 by Philip S