I keep finding myself models that I’ll have ‘to go back’ too and revisit because I’m not happy with how they come out the first time.
Again, it was that dreaded, depth of field that I kept getting ‘wrong’ with this model. Maybe I was a little too ambitious too soon with my plans for him; but I wanted to try getting him in focus fully with a few of his men behind him. Of course my light room is a little on the small side for being able to create entire scenes so I may have to invest in a bigger one, but I think it’s a pretty good piece of kit for the amount that I didn’t pay for it, but maybe it’s just better suited to smaller, single models?
If I revisit this Chapter Master again though, I shall endeavour to try and get both his weapon and his flag in focus, as I am feeling that I’ve not quite done him the justice he deserves – something I am feeling all too often right now.
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.
I don’t share enough of my own models on here – mostly because I don’t really see them as being great subjects for photography; my painting skills certainly aren’t up to the same standards as my peers so I much prefer taking photographs of their models – but sometimes you just see a model and think ‘I’ll photograph this one today.’
Such was the case with my Scout Bike here
I’m still not 100% happy with the images I managed to get of him; but I certainly feel like I am heading in the right direction – I tried on a white background as well, just to see.
It was completely by chance that this whole journey started; the annual summer visit by Debbie Forster, had her bringing some of her Games Workshop miniatures over to my house for a game of Warhammer 40k. I’d been urging her to get some better photographs of them done because her painting skills far out-weigh her photographic ones and they were not being given the justice they require.
Seeing as they’d not been photographed during the time of my nagging starting and her visit to my house I decided to take matters into my on hands and dig out my trusty Canon Eos 20D which I have had since it was initially released in 2004!
That was a mere five days ago and I’ve not been able to get the idea of picking up photography out of my head since.
As such, I followed Debbies lead with a few other ideas; writing down goals and dreams down on paper, creating a new blog to help with these aims in mind and getting everything in motion for restarting this technical and creative journey.
My aims are to share a new photograph (At least) every other day – my aims are to use Miniatures as the main bulk of my portfolio on here; but due to limiting factors (which I am also aiming to eliminate) I am not getting rid of other avenues of image making so don’t be surprised if there are images of my local world, childrens toys and whatever else may capture my imagination along the way!
I hope that you enjoy seeing the images that I create and share with you all.