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So...I've noticed that on some MOCs (including mine) there has been a lack of presentational skills, such as the lack of a background, bad quality pictures, etc. Because of the way the BCBS works, I believe that this has a negative influence on how your MOC is received. Now obviously, there are some things that can't be fixed, for instance, you have a bad camera, and can't afford a new one. Now to those with more experience...help us newbies out! Any tips on presentation are more than welcome...so post away!
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| June 25, 2012, 2:29 pm
Quick thing Nathan: On the leaderboard I noticed I'm tied with myself for 23rd place...any reason for that?
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| June 25, 2012, 2:32 pm
Did you ask for permission to make this thread?
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| June 25, 2012, 2:33 pm
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Great question! Here's a few tips.
-A neutral background is better than a real world floor or piece of furniture. A white sheet, wide roll of paper, or foam core would do. Outdoor shots sometimes work, but are more risky.
-Use a tripod. photos can be set up better and are less likely to be blurry. If not a tripod than at least something sturdy for the camera to rest on
-Stay within your camera's focus range. If it isn't close enough, crop the pictures later. But ALWAYS give focused pictures.
-Tips on lighting- Light from the front. Indirect window light can work well, or you can use a couple of lights. One bright source or a flash can give harsh shadows which can cause problems. Your camera will also perform better with more light.
-Crop your photos. This is the most basic feature on almost every photo handling program (photoshop, iphoto, countless others) Remove unnecessary dead space from photos. Close in on other details you want to show off.
-Adjust Brightness. Another basic feature. If we can't tell what pieces you are using, then it's probably too dark
-Take enough photos. If you are just showing the MOC, 7-10 is probably good. Show full body, from different angles, action poses, and featured parts of your MOC. If you are doing a story,obviously take more.
-Keep it fun. Humor, running gags are great.
-Use imagination. Give some imaginative back story for your guy. Some people like to give stats. Sometimes that adds to it.
-Look at a lot of other people's work. It inspires creativity and gives good examples to emulate.
-Practice and hard work pay off. The more you try and the harder you try, the better artist you will become over time. Just keep building, just keep posting.
Wow, i wrote a lot! XP
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| June 25, 2012, 8:41 pm
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Quoting wilberto de Jong
Quick thing Nathan: On the leaderboard I noticed I'm tied with myself for 23rd place...any reason for that?

Oops! I'll fix it.
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| June 25, 2012, 8:42 pm
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Quoting Strakk The Glatorian
Did you ask for permission to make this thread?

It's okay, although we prefer it if others ask first. We already have a TON of threads in this group. Messy, messy! :D
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| June 25, 2012, 8:44 pm
Quoting Nathan Ingerson
It's okay, although we prefer it if others ask first. We already have a TON of threads in this group. Messy, messy! :D

Oh that's fine. I wasn't sure if you would be ok with it but it obviously is fine...
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| June 25, 2012, 9:14 pm
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Quoting Strakk The Glatorian
Oh that's fine. I wasn't sure if you would be ok with it but it obviously is fine...

Mostly because I really liked the question...
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| June 25, 2012, 10:20 pm
Whoops, sorry Nathan, I'll run it by you next time. Thanks for the tips so far, great stuff!
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| June 26, 2012, 1:59 am
I find that bad cameras are never the problem. If you notice, gringat doesn't have the best of cameras. What's actually important is a clean background (no carpets or wood floors) and to place the camera on a flat surface if you can't hold it steady. For white surfaces, I find binders, paper and shoeboxes all work nicely and are extremely cheap. Basically, don't blame the cam!
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| June 26, 2012, 1:28 pm
Well, this may seem unusual, but I always take my pictures outside. However, I don't let the outdoors show. I merrily tape a white piece of paper to some steps and take my pics. I also arrange the position so that no shadows are seen. This may seem amateur, but it really works! Natural light is the BEST!!!
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| June 26, 2012, 1:54 pm
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Quoting Andrew Carroll
Well, this may seem unusual, but I always take my pictures outside. However, I don't let the outdoors show. I merrily tape a white piece of paper to some steps and take my pics. I also arrange the position so that no shadows are seen. This may seem amateur, but it really works! Natural light is the BEST!!!


This is true. Where are you going to get more light than from the sun? Many cameras, especially inexpensive ones are optimized for outdoor light. Lots of light also indirectly helps the focus seem better. Without getting too technical, it's called "depth of field" which basically means that more parts of the picture from front to back seem to look in focus. More light allows for more depth of field. More focus = we can see your MOC better. Longer exposures on a tripod accomplish the same thing if you have less light to work with.
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| June 26, 2012, 10:04 pm
Quoting Nathan Ingerson

This is true. Where are you going to get more light than from the sun? Many cameras, especially inexpensive ones are optimized for outdoor light. Lots of light also indirectly helps the focus seem better. Without getting too technical, it's called "depth of field" which basically means that more parts of the picture from front to back seem to look in focus. More light allows for more depth of field. More focus = we can see your MOC better. Longer exposures on a tripod accomplish the same thing if you have less light to work with.


Right...what he said. O__o lol
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| June 27, 2012, 12:03 am
Quoting wilberto de Jong
So...I've noticed that on some MOCs (including mine) there has been a lack of presentational skills, such as the lack of a background, bad quality pictures, etc. Because of the way the BCBS works, I believe that this has a negative influence on how your MOC is received. Now obviously, there are some things that can't be fixed, for instance, you have a bad camera, and can't afford a new one. Now to those with more experience...help us newbies out! Any tips on presentation are more than welcome...so post away!
I actually think that presentation, particularly photography, has a bigger effect on the popularity of a creation than the creation itself. So, here are my tips:
1. Take photos with a pure white or as close as you can get to pure white background.
2. Use a tripod to keep your camera steady. If you do this, make sure to turn on the timer on your camera when you take a picture so you pressing the button doesn't move the camera, and use a lamp or to instead of the flash on your camera.
3. Use proper spelling, punctuation, capitalization, and grammar.
4. If you know you're not a good writer, don't write a long bio of your MOCs. A bad description detracts from a MOC, but a good one can improve it a lot. If you write a long bio, throw pictures between paragraphs because huge chunks of text can be intimidating.

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| June 27, 2012, 3:38 pm
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Quoting Andrew Carroll

Right...what he said. O__o lol


Ditto! XD
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| June 28, 2012, 12:10 am
Quoting Nathan Ingerson

Ditto! XD

Nathan, does your dad help you with some of this stuff, or are you just really this knowledgeable about everything you do?
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| June 29, 2012, 4:33 am
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Quoting wilberto de Jong
Nathan, does your dad help you with some of this stuff, or are you just really this knowledgeable about everything you do?


We've been figuring it out together little by little. Ever since last year's Bio-Cup we have been figuring out how to improve our presentations, esp. the photography.
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| June 29, 2012, 11:42 am
My photos are far from the best- I really need to figure out how to edit my photos, or invest in a lightbox. Nonetheless, for starters, use a background. For most Bio-MOCs a large sheet of paperboard, which you can get at the Dollar tree or Walmart for cheap, is large enough. Have it curve against a wall and floor to avoid distracting creases. Use AT LEAST two lamps, if inside, and angle them for each individual shot to reduce shadows and, more importantly, illuminate the MOC. Use the same bulb in each, to keep it even.
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| July 1, 2012, 1:36 pm
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