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  1. If you move the lights closer to your subject, the light gets more harsh, not softer I believe. Same reason why using diffusion softens the light is because the apparent light source gets bigger. If you move the lights farther away they become "bigger" thus softening the light. You can see it in the reflections on things like a black base rim on minis. The closer the light is the more harsh the reflected light is, the farther away the softer it is. But, it would darken your background because the light is more focused on the miniature as opposed to bleeding all over the background. I retook a photo following the advice in your guide: http://imgur.com/ckzMVrQ(the resolution is rather large, so I won't link it here). I'm curious what your post production process looks like. For a photo like this, it was shot at f/16, 1/25 shutter speed, at 400 ISO with the WB set to the color temperature of my lights. Exposure was a bit low so I brightened it up a bit, did some noise reduction, sharpened it a pinch, and I was done. What else might you do? Your insight is always appreciated. Just took a look at your flikr. Holy cow you take some beautiful nature photos.
  2. Ooh yeah, lamp placement is something I should have talked about. In your guide you place them directly in front of your miniature and now that I think about it, that's probably the way to go. As long as your highlights aren't clipping, you'll have nice even lighting on your mini. The only problem I have with pointing the light directly at the miniature is when you're trying to get an "inifinite black background" effect. Often times, the model will be near the background meaning your lights will shine on your background whereas you want it to be as dark as possible so you can crush them in post and not effect any of the color on your miniature. This of course is handled by pulling your miniature far far away from your background, but something to note. Great write up!
  3. Hey reaper forums!! I recently made a video detailing photography for miniatures aimed at beginners with little to no tools showing that you can still get serviceable photos w/o spending tons of money. What do you guys think?
  4. Hey forum! I haven't posted a video in a while so I thought this new one would be helpful for a lot of people. Hopefully, if you haven't seen my videos since I posted last, the quality has increased and thus your enjoyment :) Enjoy! Any criticism will be joyfully received.
  5. You guys are building my ego to a dangerous spot.
  6. Thank you all for the incredibly nice comments!
  7. Hello all! I recently painted up a miniature for a painting competition, and while I didn't place in the category I was entering, I still learned a heck of a lot. One of my biggest lessons is to start earlier! I wanted to do some more things with her, like painting her gems, a cool leopard print fur cape, some tattoos, etc. But, alas, I was not able to get to it. Regardless, please check her out! And my whole army! If you wanna see a video series on all the things I learned, checkout this video:
  8. Another week, another video. This week I explore varnishing, something that I'm not the most knowledgible about. Talk about how to apply varnish, what kind of brands and variants there are, how the effect your miniatures, etc. Tell me what you guys think of the video! :)
  9. What's so nice about the Shades of Doom set? Also, what's the difference between the normal SC75 paints and the Fantasy range?
  10. I will divulge all my secrets, no problem. The very first thing I do in my process is film the demo (the part that acts as b-roll) of what I'm actually talking about. Often times this reminds me of some of the smaller details regarding the process I'm shooting a tutorial for. I then write the entire script shooting for 1.5 - 2 pages worth of content. This usually turns into a 5-7 minute video. I have someone edit it for content missing/grammar, give it a final once-over reading it aloud and then I shoot it. I sit in front of the camera with all my lights and mic set up, and memorize 3-4 sentences at a time reading them off my phone. I prefer memorizing the lines as opposed to a teleprompter because I like bloopers, and I also like the intimacy and naturalness of staring directly into the camera lens. After this, I rough edit all the segments, re-watch the video while reading the script to make sure I didn't put anything out of order or miss something entirely, and then I do more minute edits, add b-roll, add the bumper, the intro sequence, and finally sweeten all the audio. Then I re-watch it like 2 times or so to see if I missed anything. If not, I render it out and publish it to youtube a few days in advance, add all the info cards, annotations, descriptions, etc. The process takes maybe 20-25 hours. I would love to streamline it, if possible. Recommend anything you'd like! :)
  11. Bruunwald, thank you for your feedback. I really appreciate it! I have never tested putting down watered glue first. Sounds interesting. Another unmentioned reason that I put glue down/primer atop the sand is because it makes the finished product look better for me. For some reason, the detail that is lost via putting a coat of PVA glue over the sand makes it look more like a piece of the sculpt than if I hadn't. Thanks for the kind words, Blubbernaught :)
  12. Hit me with your best shot, fire away. Woohoo! No more unecessary J-cuts! Someone noticed they didn't notice! Thanks, Dixon :) I've never heard of Scenic Express or Silflor, so, there goes my tax return :| Thanks for the positive feedback, guys! :)
  13. Hey reaper mini forum! Got another beginner video about basing your miniatures! Please give any feedback regarding the content/video :)
  14. Thanks, Sanael and Keianna! Yeah, a lot of people have brought up the issue of not being able to really see the effect of the drybrush. I may need to exaggerate the technique if I'm doing a video about a technique. Good suggestions. I'd like to see some reaper minis from some folks on these forums :)
  15. This is something that's important to remind myself of. I'll try to be more subtle about my editing as for it not to detract from the content of the videos. As always, your guys' feedback has been invaluable.
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