Thanks Null I'm glad you liked the report. I've not had much experience writing up my games before so I was a little hesitant to put it up at all.
I'd really like to put my whole force on a table and take picture but I don't know anyone that can lend me a board to use. At least not one that isn't terrible looking or that isn't the exact colour of my army! I am still looking out for one though and I may have to just make one as my winter project this year.
My photographic setup is really simple and not at all professional. I use a cheep Samsung S1075 (10.2 MP) It has a manual setting mode that is set like this;
Exposure time 1/60
F number 3
Exposure program Manual
ISO speed ratings 100
Image compression ratio 2
Exposure bias 0
Maximum lens aperture 2.971
Metering mode Central weight average
Light source Fluorescent
Flash Flash off
Lens focal length 6.3
Exposure mode Manual
White balance Auto WB
Digital zoom 1
Scene capture type Standard
I get the best results with natural day light filling my room with the help of a daylight bulb to add a more directional light source. With this setting I get a fast enough shutter speed that I can hold the camera in hand and get a sharp image though for real close ups I'll set a timer and put it down just to make sure.
My space is arranged like so (These images where just taken with the auto function and are very raw but show my work area well).
The models set up here are my third Kroot squad and as it's dark I'm not going to get the best results and it means I'll have to spend a little more time in post editing than I normally would when photographing during the day. Here is the image this set up captured in its in edited state.
I'll then open the image up in the GIMP use the colour levels tool to sort out the white balance (if taken with the aid of daylight the work ends here). I will then if needed use the colour balance function to correct the image and on the odd occasion I'll have to adjust the hues slightly. That is very rare and it normally only happens when taking a photo at night, I'd usually just go back and take the Photo's again in better light before messing around this much. To bring you this in a timely fashion I pressed on.
This is the image after manipulation and a crop.
I'll be taking proper pictures of this unit in the daylight later in the week so you can see the difference in the final images then.
Things I do that are not part of the image is I try to put something white just out of frame to help with the white balance in both pre and post image manipulation. I keep the focal light central and close this give me that fade-to-black outline look (most of the time it works). To get that I'll often have the light closer to the models than the camera and be just off to one side (or above/below) of the lamp to take the picture. I believe it's the ISO setting that gives me that slight film grain look and good low light.
I'm not very good with digital cameras I just try my best. I'm sure people who know more would look at my settings in horror! I'm happy with the images I put out and other people seem to be enjoying them, I think that's all that counts..... At least for now.
If there is anything I have missed please feel free to ask.