New Camera Set-up for Photographing Minis
The models really do look nothing like this at all. The skins have been yellowed and the red and yellow clothing are far too garish. Terrible and quite annoying as I actually got a Best Painted award for this team at a tournament.
I knew I really did need to get some extra lamps so I have been keeping an eye out for something cheap on eBay - and I did eventually pick up a light box with four different backgrounds, two lamps and a camera stand all for the princely sum of £13! I had also seen a webcast where a professional photographer had said that cameras in phones and small digital cameras save the image in .jpg format which means the device is doing a lot of the processing of the image before it's even saved to the memory card. What you do in post-processing is fix what it messes up. He took photos in a .raw format and uses his computer software to adjust the raw image data. So - as the light box kit had included a camera stand, I dug out my wife's old Nikon D40 digital SLR camera which had been in a cupboard for years. I have since found that camera manufacturers actually have their own proprietary encoding for .raw and Nikon uses a .nef format. Thankfully it seems that Picasa can edit these so I was good to go. First attempt was for the four journeymen goblins from the previous picture - and they now look like this :