Chapter Master

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This is my home-brew Space Marine chapters (Blood Guard) Chapter Master model.

And I cheated my hind legs off to get this photograph looking right! This is the overall feel I would like to achieve for my photographs, but I managed to get this looking right thanks to using Photoshop and merging two photographs together – I’d much prefer to be able to do all my tricks and fancy stuff in camera; but I don’t think my current kit is capable of doing it somehow.

This was taken by using my light-room and a spot-light behind my Canon Eos 20D. This set up lit up the whole photograph too much, but I liked how the light hit the model making some interesting contrasting shadows.

So it was a case of having to darken the background without making the model himself too dark – so exposure compensation wasn’t going to do the trick here. Duplicating the layer, setting the new layer to multiply and removing the character from the multiply layer was the only way that I could achieve the look I was going for.

Not ideal when it comes to wanting to be able to create these images in camera – but still something useful to remember for another session in case I don’t get the results I am after originally. Unsuccessful camera sessions do not have to be written off as a loss.

I’ve included the original image below – just to emphasise my point that the original picture didn’t work. There was also some cropping involved – which I am sure is a standard of photo-editing.

original

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Childs toy

Toy

A lot of the time when I take images, I have my son with me. He is either playing with his toys in the living room or pressing the button on my camera remote. It makes it fun for everyone in the house and he really likes to ‘help’ with whatever I am doing. From photography to cooking dinner! So when I set up the light box I asked him what we should take photographs of today – thinking he would pick one of the models he’d painted or one of the ones he looks at in the cupboard.

Instead, he picked out one of his toys! So as a warm-up to get into the flow of working; that is exactly what we did!

I wanted to share something a bit different to miniatures as well, so his toys might crop up here every now and again – it keeps things fresh for readers, not everything has to be about little plastic toys of the Wargaming variety!