A few tips to help some lackluster photographers along:
Alrighty. Now, I know that I'm not the best photographer. I'd like to think that I'm decent, but that's for others to decide. The purpose of this page is simply to help along other people whose photography skills leave much to be desired. So, If you'd like to take (somewhat) better pictures, check this out, and to keep you interested, I threw in a new MOC! credit to Smifery Vector for the basic Swoop concept
About this creation
Here's my basic setup. I take a piece of posterboard (you can find them at almost any craft store like Hobby-Lobby) and set it up against a well lit wall (this is across from a window that get's a bunch of light. I find the best time to take photos is on overcast days). As you can see, the curved cardboard creates a seamless white background.
Here's an overhead shot using only my hand to steady the camera.
As you can see, it's pretty darn blurry.
Here I've used Magazines and books to create a steady, adjustable base.
See? Much clearer
Alright. This is using the default, automatic camera settings (I took off flash, we'll get to that later though)
BUT... When set on macro (fine detail) and portrait setting...
The camera takes much clearer and better looking pictures.
ooh... look at that UGLY flash.
I personally hate using flash, and avoid it at all costs.
As you can see, natural light gives a softer, nicer feel to the picture.
Just a little detail shot for all you hidden-touches people out there.
i tried your method in my 2 newest MOCs could you tell me how i did?(not begging for reviews, you couldpost a reply here)i think they turned out pretty good except for 2 of them. my camera only goes up to two for exposure time though.
I like it
March 26, 2009
A very practical post! Good advice. Like you, I have lots of difficulty with flash pictures. Don't forget to try to photograph MOCs in sunlight if you can. Out door, or natural light works very well even on a cloudy day. Attack!
thanks for the lesson. If you have seen my most recent creations you probobly noticed that i attempt the white background useing a white shelf. Oh also thanks for making me one of your favorite builders!!
That's almost exactly what my setup is like! However, I would recommend the use of a tripod instead of a stack of books, because it's easier to get different angles (top view shots, etc.) that way. Thanks for this MOC, and I hope lots of people see it.
I quite like the flash, and in combination with a desk lamp, it has a nice effect. Especially for photographing black things. Some hints for black moc photography would be nice, because I am not much good at it. It may be either my monitor or camera, but most of my photos come out dark, w/o flash. I use a tripod, and the background is made of A4 card taped together. Not the cleanest of backdrops, but easy to store and use.