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taking phots of miniatures - which camera or phone?

Discussion in 'General Figure Talk' started by Daveum79, Nov 29, 2023.

  1. Daveum79 Member

    Hi everyone.

    I would like to to take photos of some of my small model scenes that combine very small HO size (1:87) figures, that I can then turn into prints up to A3. I'm looking for reasonable results that will print well but not anything that requires great investment to begin with. I am fairly good with photoshop so can do final touch ups there hence having a very expensive camera isn't a requirements at the moment since i'd like to learn and invest further down the line.

    Can anyone provide any advice on a suitable entry level camera or phone? I have a small budget so would probably have to buy a camera secondhand. However,I 'm due a phone upgrade so not sure if there are any decent new phones out there that might be a good starting point.

    All shots will be taken indoors on a table using a white background. Most shots are aerial or maybe a foot away from subject with various figures in different positions. The most important factor is trying to retain some of the detail on figures especially face.

    If anyone can offer any guidance it would be appreciated.
  2. megroot A Fixture

  3. WarhammerAdjacent Well-Known Member

    That's a really good article! Thanks for sharing. The only thing I would add is that I have several IKEA Tertial lamps which I've fitted 5000k bulbs, I use a roll of white paper for a backdrop or a sheet of black fabric. Total cost was about £30.

    In terms of cameras, I think there are issues with some phone cameras as the firmwear adjusts the images in ways you can't control. I use a DSLR I've had for over a decade with a 50mm lens that does a decen't job I think. I also have a cable to connect the camera to my phone to avoid any movement when I take the picture.
  4. megroot A Fixture

    No, that 50 mm don't do the job.
    You will need a macro lens or a extension tube.
    You can also take the picture from further away and with Photoshop you can look like it is a fullscreen picture. I do the same with my camera. In macro it doesn'tlook right. So i take the picture from further away. I take a 42x 59 cm picture and made a 18x13 of it in Photoshop.
    Avoid a white background. The camera will see it as 18% grey and your colors aren'tlooking good. Black looks always the best with a one stop under the light exposure.

  5. WarhammerAdjacent Well-Known Member

    I might try that, although I can’t very far from the object I’m photographing in my shed. To be fair I’ve not got any complaints about the images on m getting from the 50 in terms of image quality, I’d be interested to hear what’s ‘wrong’ with them from a technical point of view and how I could improve them.

    img_004.jpeg img_006.jpeg
  6. Blind Pew A Fixture

    I'm no expert, as photographing stuff is almost a hobby in itself, but I would avoid a white background.
  7. marco14 PlanetFigure Supporter

    oh boy,if I must take pictures from a bust whell.......... I hate it,it's never good :) I got just a digital cheap little camera
    but it works hé ;)

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  8. WarhammerAdjacent Well-Known Member

    Agreed, although one approach is to use a white background with angled lights to make it look grey, something like this:

    img_001 (3).jpg

    Also, sorry for the obnoxiously large images, this should be better.
    Blind Pew likes this.

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