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Hey Everyone....These are not new MOCs.... as can be seen these are projects that I have done before. In fact, they are some of my first projects. So why am I posting them again? This is a topic that has interested me for a while....

AFOLs who share their builds (or......SAFOLS as I like to call them; Sharing Adult Fans Of LEGO; i.e. the distinction being those who only build for enjoyment and do not share on sites like this one versus those who build and share) really meld two worlds together, of varying degrees and levels. These two worlds are building with LEGO but also then presenting their models with others. Invariably, in today's world, this means at least a degree of technological savviness. Photo editing, video creation and manipulation and animation and graphics become part of the hobby! I am not saying that you must delve into the technological world if you are into LEGO...... but, if you are into sharing your models with others you really limit yourself if you don't.

I began my trek sharing my builds but did not take any effort or consideration in their presentation (a quick look in my folders will prove my point). I am still a relatively new builder, I have only been building for a few years. Now, however, I have learned a bit of photo editing and now present my builds at least with a decent background and often with some color effects to enhance their appearance.

I am sharing these pics not because they are extraordinary or anything; I still have much to learn. I am a beginner in the world of photo editing (I should write this multiple times for emphasis) but I share to demonstrate a point. I was one of those who thought editing photos would be boring.... and that I would rather JUST build. Well, I have proved myself wrong. Editing photos is NOT boring and I have found a new love and interest for editing and playing with the photos and effects of those involved in my builds. So.... this is just a quick post to all those out there, who like me (previously), aren't really focusing on the presentation of their builds when they share. There are quick and easy ways to enhance the presentation of your models. Quickly enhancing color or editing the background is the way to go! You can do it!

There are excellent tutorials all over the web of essentially every software program you can use. And..... although some software can be expensive, I have found if you are doing this for your hobby and just looking for simple fun.... then you probably don't need to look much further than something like GIMP (google it!). If you are looking at something for your profession..... well then you probably don't need to be reading this at all because you know WAY more than I do about it...lol.......

So, for example, compare the main photo to this one:



Compare these three photos to the ones that follow.













Compare these:







With these:







This:



With this:



This:



With this:



Okay, pretend you are at the optometrist. What is better, one:



Or two:



Three....





Or Four....(and notice how you can accentuate areas that you really want noticed. In this case, the undersides of the UCS B-Wing)





One last photo I want to share, which also demonstrates another point. The pic of the below is not a good one, I get that. It is off-center among other things. However, the point I want to make is that old pics can still be made BETTER (perhaps not great) with photo editing, EVEN IF YOU NO LONGER HAVE THE MODEL. The below has been played with and broken by my kids. I can’t, with my new-found knowledge, take the original model and take new photos. But what I can do, is take a crappy photo, and make it better (even if not perfect). I get it, the best thing to do would be to take the model and take completely new photos of it….. but I don’t have it any longer in its original form. Second best thing to do, take the old pic and just doctor it up. Better than leaving it the way it used to be.





Last word regarding all these pics. I am going to leave the original photos up on each post I have done for the old models so that you can see the comparison of those I used to have versus the originals. At some point, however, (undetermined) I am going to replace all my folders with updated the pictures. But it should be remembered, that at least at some point, I had the un-doctored photos as my originals. Oh how we learn!!



Comments

 I like it 
  August 5, 2015
There's definitely a sense of professionalism with the post editing. I'm pretty new to mocpages and just the first couple months realized that. Great job in taking the time to redo your creations. Keep on brickin!
 I made it 
  June 24, 2015
Quoting Damon Corso Great post nerdz! The photos are key, I'm a professional photographer (not an editor) and even I know how hard it is to produce a stellar image of a LEGO creation. When I started taking pictures I used simple white backdrops. Then I quickly realized it was boring, so I went to a black background, with extended exposures using both hot lights And strobes to light my MOCS. It takes hours to dial all the settings in, and it takes quite some time to find the perfect angle for each piece. You have come a long way since your first post, your editing of old photos is spot on. Use all your knowledge and keep bringing us some beautiful posts! Good on you buddy!
Great response... thanks! I know, by no means is my stuff professional but not only does it look lots better, I actually had lots of fun doing it. Thanks for the response.
 I like it 
  June 23, 2015
The difference is telling... maybe it's time to give GIMP a try. Thanks!
 I made it 
  June 22, 2015
Quoting George Staples This is awesome! I think photo editing is half the fun of putting builds on the pages.
I know right? I am just realizing this...
 I made it 
  June 19, 2015
Quoting George Staples This is awesome! I think photo editing is half the fun of putting builds on the pages.
I know right? I am just realizing this....
 I like it 
  June 19, 2015
Amazing!
 I like it 
  June 19, 2015
This is awesome! I think photo editing is half the fun of putting builds on the pages.
 I like it 
  June 19, 2015
Your editing is very good. These are all very good examples. Thank you.
 I like it 
  June 18, 2015
Great post nerdz! The photos are key, I'm a professional photographer (not an editor) and even I know how hard it is to produce a stellar image of a LEGO creation. When I started taking pictures I used simple white backdrops. Then I quickly realized it was boring, so I went to a black background, with extended exposures using both hot lights And strobes to light my MOCS. It takes hours to dial all the settings in, and it takes quite some time to find the perfect angle for each piece. You have come a long way since your first post, your editing of old photos is spot on. Use all your knowledge and keep bringing us some beautiful posts! Good on you buddy!
 
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