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True that.

Until I smeared some Leaf Green on it while painting the clothing :(

and on the skin :( :(



Yesterday I was finishing up the last of my current Bones skeletons, and I popped open one of my Coat D'Arms with my thumb. Plucked out the required drops with my mixing brush, closed the pot, finished mixing, and then grabbed hold of the mini to paint.


And when I turned it around, I was greeted by a great big greasy thumbprint of paint all over his finished front.

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Looks like he's using the white paper lining the box as a reflector. I like to see less shadows from lighting, but that's a personal peeve of mine. I like to see what was actually painted and shadows can often make a paint job look better. That's why my pics are so often almost over-lit.


But leaving that aside, that simple setup shows why everyone gets nagged when they post pics. It's pretty easy to get good results. Though it looks like a pretty nice camera.

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One light and fill by bouncing. I find two lights to be easier to work with, but they're not necessary.


For reference, bounced fill is generally* at least one stop dimmer than the direct light, and can be quite a bit dimmer than that if the card is farther away from the subject.


* If you use close mirrors and lights that aren't especially close, you can get a lower ratio if it's important to you.

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This would be the extra lazy/simple anyone can do without difficulty version. Rather than setup lights I just set the box on my chair and pulled the desk lamp down. I feathered the light, meaning the brightest part of the light is aimed at the side of the box rather than the mini. The card behind him is giving a bit of back fill, before the shot it was in front of the mini to set the white balance. The light is just a standard compact florescent. Since I'm bouncing and feathering its just the bare bulb with no diffuser. The most important thing is to use a tripod. The expose for this picture was 1/3 second. It would be a mess if I tried to hold the camera myself.


The camera I used was overkill and then some. An Olympus E-M5 with a Sigma 105mm macro lens set to f/9 and 200 iso. I could take the exact same picture with the spare camera I photographed scene with (a 7 year old dslr) at less than 1/4 of the price and no one would be able to tell the slightest bit of difference looking at a web photo.


If I were to set up something fancier I'd probably use a cheap ebay light box (the $5-10 ones) along with 3 daylight balance compact florescent attached to cheap lamps. One light fixed directly above, almost right up against the light box. The other two left and right adjusted however looked best for the picture. Probably wouldn't need any reflectors, though have one aiming a bit of light forward never hurts. That would be almost like doing work though, so I went with simple lighting.


I was kind of thinking It would make a cool open thread in the showoff forum to have people post their final picture along side a shot of the setup they used to take the picture with the camera and lighting left setup exactly how it was in the picture they post. This was my trial run for that, but I need to do it during the day so that there is enough light to see the setup better.

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Looks good, the white in the mix didn't get away from you as it did for me. I did learn a good lesson about thinning white paint from it, though. White needs to be thinned more then other paints, so when I added it to the blue and kept the same ratio it went on real thick.

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Funny, I just followed the instructions to the letter. I think the drops coming from the white bottle were a bit smaller than the blue drops. Come to think of it, I'm not sure if I shook the bottle - maybe that's the difference. In any case, the first highlight was almost imperceptible, but the second one came out nicely. Yours were lighter, but you blended them well enough that it works.

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Did the gold parts, my first time working with metallics. Shiny! And I decided any well-to-do sorceress needs a spellbook with gilded pages.




I also did highlights on the leather - but they are completely invisible. I guess I'll add some lighter paint and try again. How much do you thin for highlights? The paint mixing article in the craft says 4 water : 1 paint, but that seems awfully thin to me, especially if the highlight colour is so close to the base colour.

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