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9 minutes ago, Zink said:

 

Today I've been checking out a few different home made ones and reading the shutterbug forum here. Read I could use parchment paper on the "windows". I have a bunch of that so I gave it a try just in front of my lamps. The difference was noticeable. Now I've seen boxes made from cardboard, foamcore, plastic sprue, wood and metal. I guess all I need is any sort of frame that I can stick the parchment to. Haven't really read anything on lighting requirements other than daylight bulbs are better. I'm thinking that it won't be long before I rig something up so any advice is appreciated.

 

I'm using a ring of LEDs that attach to my camera lens right now. It is providing the light alright, although I need to play with other settings (my depth of field is wonky). 

 

The box I made is foam panels taped together, with big cut-outs for the thin plastic. Then one piece is draped through the center. 

 

I haven't used it recently since getting the ring-LED, but my profile pic was taken with the cheapo lightbox. I think I pulled my lamps near it and took the picture in a well-lit room. That was several years ago now (I no longer have well-lit rooms to work with). 

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10 minutes ago, knarthex said:

@Darsc Zacal

nimals                                                           smelling                                                           flowers

Now we see the real you!

 

I think everyone has to take a moment and stop and smell the flowers some times. Especially the REALLY tiny flowers. 

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Meh, I grew up within the blast radius of an oil refinery that routinely exploded during my childhood. We evacuated to Grandma's house with every boom.

 

The big difference between an HF cloud and a fallout cloud is an HF cloud will dissolve you now. A fallout cloud will dissolve you over a month. It's all about reading the signs, the wind, and the weather. And evacuating to Grandma's house.

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On 8/10/2017 at 8:08 AM, Dilvish the Deliverer said:

Well, it's now time to start working on my latest idea for Reaper Con.  I might even be able to finish in time.

 

I need to figure out how to make books.  I need at least 50 of them, in varying shapes and sizes, ranging from open to closed.  I figure either a foam core or wooden center with a cardboard binding might work.  I may need to carve or sculpt the open ones.  Was also thinking of using actual paper for pages and seeing if it looks ok that way.  Time to experiment!

Reading someone else's quote of this quote, I thought I read:

"I need to figure out how to make Boots. I need at least 50... varying shapes / sizes... open to closed..."

I was like 50 boots?!? What is Dilvish trying to give / trade at ReaperCon?!!  The reply about pages was confusing...

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27 minutes ago, Zink said:

 

Today I've been checking out a few different home made ones and reading the shutterbug forum here. Read I could use parchment paper on the "windows". I have a bunch of that so I gave it a try just in front of my lamps. The difference was noticeable. Now I've seen boxes made from cardboard, foamcore, plastic sprue, wood and metal. I guess all I need is any sort of frame that I can stick the parchment to. Haven't really read anything on lighting requirements other than daylight bulbs are better. I'm thinking that it won't be long before I rig something up so any advice is appreciated.

As much as you like / are capable of tinkering, try out Tabletop Minions lightbox video:

 

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Holy Schnikees!!!

I have a gamestore in my town!

I HAVE A GAMESTORE IN MY TOWN!!!

 

Lots of Magic, but... uh-oh... X-Wing :blink:

I thought I was safe from X-Wing...

An RPG section, a few war based miniature lines listed. Quite a few tables... guess I know where I'm going tomorrow afternoon!

 

I HAVE A GAMESTORE IN MY TOWN!!!

WAAAHOOOOOO!!!

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Painting with the nieces was a success. They both seemed to love it. I'm not sure where to post pictures of the things that they painted though.

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38 minutes ago, Grayfax said:

As much as you like / are capable of tinkering, try out Tabletop Minions lightbox video:

 

 

Thanks for that. It helped with knowing how much light I need. Sounds like more is better. Right now I'm fooling around with 2 20 watt lamps and setting up under one of the lights in the room. I think I can handle the actual box. Just need to decide if I want to use 3mm mdf or cardboard. Probably go cardboard first. For as many minis as I photograph I don't need anything fancy. Need to decide how to rig up lights or if I'll just by some stronger lamps.

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Building a light box is literally the easiest thing I've done in this whole endless hobby. True story.

 

 

Also a true story: I think I Kickstartered myself out finally tonight. Splat.

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2 hours ago, SparrowMarie said:

Painting with the nieces was a success. They both seemed to love it. I'm not sure where to post pictures of the things that they painted though.

 

Show off! A "my nieces painted!" post :)

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4 hours ago, Cyradis said:

 

A box is pretty easy to make. Doesn't have to be fabric - you can use thin plastics on it. Not sure what I used, but it is a transluscent white plastic that acts like paper. The lighting is the difficult part. @Doug Sundseth.... your expertise is required! 

 

3 hours ago, Zink said:

 

Today I've been checking out a few different home made ones and reading the shutterbug forum here. Read I could use parchment paper on the "windows". I have a bunch of that so I gave it a try just in front of my lamps. The difference was noticeable. Now I've seen boxes made from cardboard, foamcore, plastic sprue, wood and metal. I guess all I need is any sort of frame that I can stick the parchment to. Haven't really read anything on lighting requirements other than daylight bulbs are better. I'm thinking that it won't be long before I rig something up so any advice is appreciated.

 

Do you know exactly what a lightbox will do to improve your photos or are you thinking about building one because you heard it's a good idea?

 

If you know exactly why, go right ahead. They're easy.

 

That said, for most purposes, lightboxes are counterproductive for miniatures photography. They're designed to take photos of small shiny things with nice, smooth specular reflections. This is ideal for photos of jewelry, computer mice, cell phones, .... But photos of miniatures need the same sort of light as photos of people. You don't light people from the top and sides (which is what light boxes do to products), you light them from either side of the line between your camera and your subject.

 

I can almost always tell when someone has used a lightbox, because they're dark in front, especially the face, and bright on the top of the head and the sides of the body. Lightboxes are nearly always the wrong choice for miniatures.

 

Use a smooth background (so it doesn't pull either the camera's focus point or your viewer's attention) and two lights with the same kind of bulb in very close to the mini (unless the mini is very large). Make sure your ISO is at base level, either by controlling it directly or by adding lots of light. And use a tripod or similar support. That's it.

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14 hours ago, Pezler the Polychromatic said:

*types up headlines*

 

"Diplomatic Incident between M.E.O.W. and W.O.O.F.! Military Action Between the Two A Possibility! R.I.B.B.I.T Poisoned Both Sides !

 

 

In other news: B.A.R.F. Networking Party at Border This Saturday!"

 

WOOF and C.L.A.W. have made amends, M.E.O.W. couldn't care less, and due to R.I.B.B.I.T.'s actions we are now all in medical care...

 

 

13 hours ago, Froggy the Great said:

 

We prefer our employees to fink on us, actually.  It's a Mad Science thing.

 

*** Stops Interrogation of Agent Toad, you were going to tell me willingly anyway weren't you? ***

 

*** Shakes head***

 

*** Oh well, NEXT!!! ***

 

8 hours ago, Mad Jack said:

 

 Urban Legend Betty White FTW!!!!

 

 Yes, I have just made that a thing... Deal with it.  :B):

 

 

 

 

 

YES!!!!

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13 hours ago, NebulousMissy said:

What?!

 

Noooooo! I'm GMing a game tomorrow I can't be running a fever now!

I hope you're feeling better.

 

8 hours ago, Grayfax said:

Holy Schnikees!!!

I have a gamestore in my town!

I HAVE A GAMESTORE IN MY TOWN!!!

 

Lots of Magic, but... uh-oh... X-Wing :blink:

I thought I was safe from X-Wing...

An RPG section, a few war based miniature lines listed. Quite a few tables... guess I know where I'm going tomorrow afternoon!

 

I HAVE A GAMESTORE IN MY TOWN!!!

WAAAHOOOOOO!!!

Awesome, congratulations!!

Oh, and my condolences about your wallet.

 

8 hours ago, Froggy the Great said:

And now to arm and prep for an assault on the DMV tomorrow...

Good luck!

 

8 hours ago, SparrowMarie said:

Painting with the nieces was a success. They both seemed to love it. I'm not sure where to post pictures of the things that they painted though.

 

6 hours ago, Cyradis said:

 

 

Show off! A "my nieces painted!" post :)

Exactly what Cyradis said.

Also, if you get the chance, make sure to show your nieces the thread.

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