I was having no end of troubles with my photography equipment today and I’m still not really sure what was going on.
It looked like there was a film or something over the front of my lens – or there was too much light or some such, but with good olde photoshop I managed to get something workable!
I’ve been trying to tie up smaller, loose ends before the end of the year. This particular unit of Space Marines was one of them! I believe they are from a starter box-set circa 1993. Originally given to my husband, by his eldest brother, when he was a young lad himself. They got put into our legendary bits box and I reclaimed them for my Space Marine Battle Company when I only had a tactical squad slot left!
They were also a great few models to use to get the painting bug back – they’re old so I wouldn’t feel guilty if I ‘messed up’ – I’m actually pretty pleased with how they turned out and are some of the better models I have done to date.
It’s great to see some improvement in my painting skills.
I’m working on my 5 man Primaris Squad at the moment, so when they’re done I shall share a picture of them too and hope I don’t have the same issues with the camera as I did with these ones.
I wasn’t exaggerating when I started a tweet about this model saying ‘Five years later I finally base and finish this model’ only, it wasn’t five years, it was six!
I first mentioned this character on my blog back in August, 2012, and his model came before any of the artwork of him – cause I had to base the artwork and character on something! So he has taken a long time to be finished off (It’s also kind of funny that I still think of my Imperial Guard Army as one of my newer armies too. Yikes)
Of course there are parts of this model that I am unhappy with – my faces need work still but seeing as this guy was originally painted so long ago, I can’t be too harsh and judgemental. Really, the only thing about him that is new is the base and that was a simple case of texture paint and sticking some grass on.
But, this part of the year, for me, is all about finishing off started projects and finding some closure for the year ready to start again in the New Year. So, I am pretty pleased with myself and the fact that I did, finally, get something done.
I found some images that I’d forgotten that I had taken last night when working on a simple graphic for BlackHandMarines.com and I thought I would share a few of them with you.
As far as I remember they were all painted by Blackhandmarines.com.
I think the reason I forgot about them was because at the time I wasn’t too happy with how the shoot went.
I think there was some dreaded burn out on the first few images I looked at and I took it a bit to heart that it was all over them – looking back on them now though there were some decent images in the shoot, so thought I would share them on here.
It’ll also make a nice change of pace from the plethora of ‘furry’ stuff I have been posting! I still need to come up with a decent posting order/streamline or some such.
Maybe a certain type of post per day of the week rather than an ‘as and when I do something’ order! I shall have a bit of a think and see what I can come up with.
Sometimes, there is that lingering desire to just try and photograph something simple! Today, this Chaos Warrior fitted that description perfectly.
Not everything has to be about making up rolling dioramas or funky lighting – although these are things that I would very much like to master and improve on; but keeping simplicity in mind is sometimes the best way to go. Especially if you’re suffering from time constraints!
I am always looking for elements to improve on with my craft, so please, if you ever have any critique for my photographs don’t shy away from giving it. Thank you.
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.
When I originally posted about this particular model, I really struggled to capture what I wanted. I had struggled with the Depth of Field aspect of capturing him.
So, when I got my new camera the other day, I was eager to give him another try!
I am humble when I say I think I did a much better job of him this time around – after investigating all the f-stops again – and putting into practise the elements that I’ve been trying to hammer into my brain over the past few weeks.
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.