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I'm having the dumbest Saturday at work. Got called in because there's a small event that needed av. Which is fine, took about an hour to set them up. Will likely take 10 minutes to clean up.

 

In the meantime every building other than this one is locked. And this isn't the building that has my department's office, or the store rooms, or the workshop. So any other busy work I could be doing is inaccessible. 

 

Even better, there's limited cell reception, and the computer that I'm supposed to be using was removed for repairs last week and no one told me. 

 

So until 3:30 or 4pm I have absolutely nothing to do here.

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Thank god for the internet, Werkrobotwerk. As long as you can find somewhere with enough reception.

 

test because I've never spoilered anything and need to now

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7 minutes ago, Werkrobotwerk said:

I'm having the dumbest Saturday at work. Got called in because there's a small event that needed av. Which is fine, took about an hour to set them up. Will likely take 10 minutes to clean up.

 

In the meantime every building other than this one is locked. And this isn't the building that has my department's office, or the store rooms, or the workshop. So any other busy work I could be doing is inaccessible. 

 

Even better, there's limited cell reception, and the computer that I'm supposed to be using was removed for repairs last week and no one told me. 

 

So until 3:30 or 4pm I have absolutely nothing to do here.

Worst kind of days.  I'm lucky to have a master for the main building I have to do that kind of stuff in.  There are a couple of others that have remote possibilities of me being in them on something like that, but even then we have really good WiFi coverage... even 12 miles out at the Ag Farms (though, that is recent... for a long time that was on a tower relay with terrible reliability.  Getting fiber installed out to the farms and the observatory made a huge difference... huge!).

Sending wishes of cell reception your way!

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Ok, trying to spoiler photos uploaded from my computer unsuccessfully. How do I do it? Testing.

 

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Ok that worked but it's a pic that's already uploaded on the forums. I'm trying to post my summer exchange mini spoilered. It's not uploaded yet until I can figure out how to put it in spoiler tags.

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6 minutes ago, Zink said:

Ok, trying to spoiler photos uploaded from my computer unsuccessfully. How do I do it? Testing.

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Ok that worked but it's a pic that's already uploaded on the forums. I'm trying to post my summer exchange mini spoilered. It's not uploaded yet until I can figure out how to put it in spoiler tags.

 

Just open the spoiler.

Choose file.

Then put the cursor inside the spoiler tag

Then click on the + in the pic shown when you are creating the post.

Then it will go where you put the cursor.

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1 minute ago, Zink said:

 

You're destroying my dream of cutting holes in a cardboard box. I think I know how it will improve my photography which is not the same as really knowing. At my old house I had more ambient light and a different camera so my photos were clear and the colour correct. At my current house I'm in a windowless room in the basement with 2 100 watt lights that don't seem to shine very bright. The colours are of and I have trouble getting a photo where my shadow isn't interfering. Using one lamp gave things too much glare. I'm not real picky about getting highest quality photos. All I want is to have them look close to what I'm seeing in hand with all the details showing clearly.

 

I could show a progression illustrating my problems and attempts to correct with my summer exchange mini but I haven't sent it yet. I don't want the person to see it until they have it. It's my most photographed mini now. If you think they are unnecessary I may skip making one. Yesterday I was finally getting good photos without it just using 2 small lamps. Later today I'll take a couple of pics of some minis that I wasn't happy with before and see if I've got it figured out.

 

What do you think about using parchment or something else to diffuse the light? Yesterday I stuck a small piece in front of my lamps to simulate the light box sides and thought it helped reduce shadows and made the colour better. Right now my idea is to make a backdrop on a raised platform (get the model up to tripod and lamp height) and a couple little parchment screens on stands for in front of the lamps. Thanks for the advice.

 

There's nothing inherently wrong with light boxes. But they encourage you to put your lights behind those diffusers, which are on the sides and top of the box. So that's where the light ends up. For the right subjects and used correctly, they can be useful. But most people really don't understand what they actually do.

 

Difusion doesn't hurt anything other than it will cut your light by about 75%. That's not typically a problem if you can keep your ISO low to reduce digital noise, because your camera should just increase exposure time to compensate. If you can't manage ISO, you want lots of light, and even bright desk lamps are fairly dim relative to flash or sunlight.

 

What diffusion does (other than cut effective light power) is increase the size of (angle subtended by) your lights. That will give you softer shadow edges, which can be pleasing and will also reduce specular (front surface) reflections on the subject. This becomes particularly important if you like a shiny surface on your minis.

 

Moving your lights closer will also give you lights that subtend larger angles at the same time as increasing light on the subject. Halve the distance and multiply the light on the subject by four. The only problem with that is when you are photographing large subjects (dragons, for instance), where the difference in distance between the light and the nearest and farthest points on the mini will give you noticeable light falloff. This is not normally an issue with 28mm human sized figures.

 

For those larger figures, though, you want to move back (which will harden your shadow edges). To soften the shadow edges again, you want to increase the size of your lights. This is why photographers use large softboxes for portrait work -- to give soft shadows and still get even light over a larger subject.

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30 minutes ago, Thes Hunter said:

 

I read this as: Moo.  Ha ha ha.

 

I was trying to be subtle!

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1 hour ago, Grayfax said:

Worst kind of days.  I'm lucky to have a master for the main building I have to do that kind of stuff in.  There are a couple of others that have remote possibilities of me being in them on something like that, but even then we have really good WiFi coverage... even 12 miles out at the Ag Farms (though, that is recent... for a long time that was on a tower relay with terrible reliability.  Getting fiber installed out to the farms and the observatory made a huge difference... huge!).

Sending wishes of cell reception your way!

Ah, I have a master for the internal doors, but not exterior. So I hadn't even considered the possibility that I would be locked out of places when they assigned me this shift. 

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Nothing to see here...  Just testing to see if my signature now has a Bones 4 banner...  

 

Although it does say something that this is the first time I've put a banner in my sig for any of the kickstarters.  I :wub: that paladin's expression in the comic!  ::D:

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