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O.k. Here is a nice little place where those of us trying to "expand" our photo abilities can post pics for critique! And I have one to post. I'll start. this is an OLDER mini, she has a semi gloss finish, so yes, she is refective. What I was doing here was messing with the F-stop to see if I could get a closer picture. And get more detail. Pics in the past of her didn't come out well because of the depth of the mini. How does this one look?  mini

 

 I know the lighting sucks, I wa just playing with the camera. More interested in whether or not I am starting to get crisper pictures. Also add a space at the end of the URL to get the picture to come up.

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The lighting doesn't strike me as bad, but the figure's flesh and hair are way overexposed.  This shows more detail on the cloak, to be sure, but wipes out any personality.

 

The gloomy lighting actually seems very appropriate for a dungeon setting.  You could stand to go even gloomier, and the payoff would be an image that shows the face.

 

A lighter background, perhaps, or some image processing to bring out details?  Mainly, higher resolution is called for.  a 19kB image just isn't going to show much detail, particularly when most of it is background.  If you can get a camera with macro capability, we'll be able to see your work much better.

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Well, I have a camera with Macro ability, that's what I was using. Trying to figure out the F-stop thing and how to get even closer pics. Foo what I paid for the lense I better be able to get what I want! Else I will be a but "peeved"  :angry:

I just need to figure out what settings will work best.

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First of all, turn your camera ninety degrees and make this a vertical shot. Remember, you only limit yourself. You can get in closer by going vertical on a lot of miniatures.

 

Two, you need more lighting. Remember, the larger numbers on your f-stop, the smaller the apeture of your lens, and the more light you're going to need to get a good exposure. The smaller the numbers, the larger the apeture, and the less light required for a good exposure. If you're experimenting with depth of field, this is where "apeture priority" or "automatic shutter speed" comes in. Also, this is when a tripod or a very steady, level surface becomes necessary.

 

If you're trying to use depth of field to fake out the focus, that's probably not going to work. Also, just because you spent a lot on a lens does not mean it's going to get as close as you want it to. Go get some close-up filters that fit your lens, and you'll see a huge difference. I always recommend a +1, +2, and +4 as a good set.

 

In the photo it looks like you used flash. Don't rely on flash to correctly expose a picture. It won't. This is overexposed with what we call "hot spots." You see this a lot with people taking pictures of concerts. All the light is focused on the mini like a spotlight, and giving her reflective properties, it's going to make those lights. If you surround your subject with light you'll have better results.

 

Hope that helps!!  :D

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