I wanted to make a quick portrait of my Dark Heresy Psyker – it’s been a while since we played any Dark Heresy, but it’s the one resource on my blog that keeps the punters coming back, so I thought I should do a little something for it.
That and the whiff on the air for our weekly RP group is that we’ll be picking it up again soon.
That and Witch Hunter, so I’ll have to draw my character for that sometime soon.
I was a little undecided on what to photograph today, so grabbed the nearest model. One of my many unfinished Space Marine bikers! Because they are currently unfinished, I thought I would spare everyone the grey of unsprayed and unpainted plastic and shoot in black and white – this also gave me the chance to play around a bit more with light and shadows than I normally do; I’ve this vision of using gritty lighting in my photography for some reason.
I remember backlighting from various lectures; from University and my City and Guilds programs, so it was great fun to try and give it a revisit! And I think it worked pretty well considering that the model is unpainted – so it didn’t give that game away too much.
But, this image holds a little ‘special’ something to me as well. It came about on Instagram; Debbie Forster requested a print – I don’t know if this was to make me feel better about where I am heading or not – but ask, and thou shalt receive!
Below are a few other images from the shoot that weren’t as successful for one reason or another – be them for lighting or compositional purposes.
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.
I took this photograph at Warhammer World way back in 2008, he belongs to my Husband and is a Tactical Space Marine Sergeant for the Templars of Righteousness – a Home Brew Chapter that my Husband works for.
For some reason I have had a lasting fondness for this particular model; to the point where there is a running joke that he is the ‘Primarch of my Army’ – I should ask my husband if he has a name!
So, when I couldn’t decide which model to photograph today, he came leaping to mind. I wanted to share the older photograph with you as well, just so I could compare how things have developed along my journey,
I don’t feel like I did the model justice with this shoot, actually. I didn’t have the ‘focus’ that seems to be key in both mind and camera.
I’d like to revisit this model again – I believe that every model has a ‘golden angle’ that makes it pop! And I am trying to find this guys as best as I can – because I have such a strong feeling for him and I don’t want to give up on him.
I’ve also a couple of other images from this shoot to share of him. Including one on a white background, which despite him being mostly a white model seems to suit him better.
Let me know what you think?
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 attempted to revisit one of my Husbands Space Wolf models today. I first took photographs of them and share them in one of my earlier posts and said how I didn’t think they’d worked very well because of the background/set-up I had.
So, when I got my light-room I thought I would give them another try. I just wanted to focus on one of the more standard models in the army.
I’m still not 100% happy with this image either. Compared to the previous it looks really flat; especially on his face – and that’s not the look I’ve got in mind as an end-goal. Yet for the purposes of showing off a model I guess it works?
I’d like to revisit this model sometime and try again, because I know deep down that I can do better than this and it’s actually highly frustrating to not be able to get the results I would like with him. He is a pretty simple model, sculpture wise and I am not quite sure where I am going wrong with him at the moment.
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.