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More tips to help you photograph your miniatures

October 16th, 2012

Taking good quality photographs of your miniatures doesn’t have to be difficult!

 

Here are a few more tips to help improve your results.

Camera Settings

If you have the option to manually change some of the settings on your camera, the ones to give you the best results are as follows:

  • Set ‘resolution’ to maximum – this will ensure the files are as large and detailed as possible. You can always reduce this later, but you cannot increase it.
  • Set ‘quality’ to maximum – these settings are sometimes shown as Super Fine, Fine, Normal and Low.
  • Set the ISO (or sensitivity) to the lowest number – depending on your camera.
  • If you’re photographing something small, try looking for a macro option on your camera, usually shown as a flower head, as this will allow you to focus on objects very close to the camera.

Landscape or Portrait

It may be worth rotating the camera by a quarter turn and going for a portrait rather than landscape image – especially useful if you want to cut out unwanted background.

Angle of view

Get the camera in line with the subject and try to avoid taking a photograph of something from above.

Fill the frame

If you want to capture a specific detail get in close and fill the frame.

Avoid dust and dirt

Always check for specks of dust, dirt – or even fingerprints – which could end up magnified when you zoom in or get close to your subject.  Use a small paintbrush to get in all those nooks and crannies.

Self-timer

If your photographs are coming out blurry or you don’t have much light, try using the self-timer on your camera to avoid any movement caused by depressing the shutter button.

Don’t forget to come back for more tomorrow!

 

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