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Tips on taking clear pictures
There's a ridiculously large amount of people on MOCpages who can't take good pictures. I've posted this as a means of help. If you are having a hard time taking good pictures, please, take a look.
About this creation

Many people take their pictures like this. There's so many things wrong with that I would be here all after noon telling you. If you took a picture like that it would look like

This.

So, to prevent that, go to a room with lots of windows so that a non-yellow light is lighting up your pictures. Unlike house lights that will create a yellow color.

Set a piece of paper up against a wall on the floor or on a desk.

Take your camera and turn off the flash and turn on the "close up" setting. This setting is often represented by a flower. If you do not know how to do this, ask your parents or a sibling for help.

Set your model on the piece of paper and take the picture. One thing the guy in the picture did wrong, was that he's holding the camera with his hands. Doing so will make the camera shake and make the picture blurry. To prevent this, set it on a tripod, a small box, a book, anything.

If done correctly, the photo should look like so.

The picture would have looked like this if the minifig hadn't followed these steps. If he had posted this, he would have gotten comments like "Did you just sneeze on some paper? Cause that looks like snot man.".

I hope you've learned something from this lesson and I soon hope to see clearer pictures.


Vignette #1.

Vignette #2.



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  October 10, 2014
Bravo! Thanks for the tips. I have been trouble with lighting and my pics being slightly blurry so I was glad to find this. Also, it was very funny and I was laughing out loud!
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  July 16, 2014
Excellent! Granted I only have my phone to take pictures, but that doesn't stop me from finding a suitable stable item to balance my phone while I take the picture. Will try it out tonight. Again, Thanks!
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  October 15, 2013
Great tips! I sort of already knew it, but I never thought to do it.
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  July 21, 2012
Thank you I've known that i have to put my camera on a book or something but i never thought to put my moc on paper"ClapClapClap"so thank you for helping me take better pictures~~Tim~~
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  July 9, 2012
Very Helpful, but what if you moc doesn't fit on a piece of paper?? I will take your advice and use it. Thank you for posting this.
  April 6, 2012
@Comment below: Thanks... My humor from when I was 13 was fairly dry. Not only that, but honestly, these pictures have so much film grain, I'd hardly call them clear from what I've come to learn about ISO and White balance.
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  April 5, 2012
Aha hahahahah..... ha...hah..... You're funny.
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  June 12, 2011
this helped me out a lot thnx ^^
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  May 22, 2011
i don't use. paper i use a white blanket one half on the floor one half on the side. hey want to sign up for my new CYOA? iff you can thanks!
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  April 18, 2011
Very good advice.
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  February 1, 2011
Very helpful advice!
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  January 19, 2011
Not only are the vignettes nice.It also gives good advice.I found a light that doesn't give yellow light.
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  January 13, 2011
thanks alot im gonna need this for my huge new moc
Heber .
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Awe's Pie
  December 6, 2010
Thank you for the help!
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  October 17, 2010
This really helps! Also im the 111# to like this! Do you think these pics good? http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/231161
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  October 12, 2010
Gosh. I would like to give a number of people a link to this page. That makes me VERY sad. It probably does the same to you.
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  October 8, 2010
This is awesome. I learned to use those techniques after I added a bunch of MOCs so I'm sure if people look here when they sign on it'll help them a lot. If only I did that...
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  September 21, 2010
Do you know if there's a flower close up option thingy for VCs? I'm not sure how to get decent close up shots on my VC because I lost the instruction Manual =(
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  September 12, 2010
Yay, something directed towards people like me! This is actually fairly helpful!
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  September 6, 2010
This is really helpful. Thank you!
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  September 3, 2010
THANK YOU!!!
  August 24, 2010
I'm surprised that the last two pictures were actually a bit hard to see...as in between blury and not blurry. What's the point of a Photo Improvement M.O.C. with blurry photos inside?
Heber .
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Brandon Kim
  August 23, 2010
Oh man! this would really touch up my creations. Thanks A LOT! =D
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  August 4, 2010
that is very helpfuul im the 100th comment
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  August 1, 2010
I have remembered these tips to this very day... tomorrow I will forget them. :P
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  July 28, 2010
THANK YOU FOR POSTING THIS! I was really deperate.
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  June 30, 2010
Thanks!
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  June 22, 2010
You know, before I got an account on MOCpages.com, I browsed this site for about a year. Yours was one of the last ones I looked at before becoming a user. I took in everything you said and I thank you much. 5/5! ~Stay green my friends
Heber .
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kevin antonino
  June 19, 2010
I take my pics on the roof of my house!
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  April 17, 2010
believe it or not I take mine in the bathtub!
  February 12, 2010
SO HELPful my lightings STINK!
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  February 10, 2010
thanks for this, i actually only learned about 3 months ago how to take a good pic :P
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  February 10, 2010
thanks thats helpfull cus i need to fix up my pictures
  January 27, 2010
Hey, if you have time please check out my latest moc, it explains more about why I am leaving. See ya around.
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  January 16, 2010
THAT'S how people make the backround white! Thankyou so mutch!
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  January 10, 2010
thanks!!!
  January 9, 2010
I will use this for 2010 and longer!
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  January 2, 2010
i used this in my newest mocs!
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  December 30, 2009
This can really help out. I keep on taking blurry pictures. Urgh. But I'm not sure if it'll work. Gotta test it. Made doing that same stud thing would work out. XD I'd add you already, so, I will.
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  December 29, 2009
My dad is a photographer, I let him take the pictures. But when I'm on my own, this would really help! Thanks!
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  December 24, 2009
great! and it must be hardfor you to take pictures from a small stud... respect!
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  December 3, 2009
Great job, I'm glad someone knows how to take pictures. ;)
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  November 27, 2009
good job on the tips. It can be useful to use a tripod also at times. Also, if you don' t have a good zoom setting it is sometimes easier to zoom out, get a good shot and then zoom in using a program or directly on your camera. Check my stuff out too.
  November 21, 2009
You are the ONLY reason I have awesome pictures now.I take my pictures in the kitchen.You live!
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  November 10, 2009
Quoting Lite . Hey Heber. Where ya been? I've been waiting to hear from ya all week. So. You still grounded? Anyway. That's beside the point. Have you started on my Wolf drawing yet? I'm asking too many questions aren't I? THAT WAS THE LAST QUESTION!
Yes, still grounded -_- Also, no, I haven't started drawing and.. I don't want to. You see, it's YOUR character, so YOU draw it. You can't just assume that you can't draw a wolf. i know you can. You just need to try. To help, get a reference picture and base your drawing off of that. C'mon. At least try. :D
  November 10, 2009
(Awe was being sarcastic, that's why he put this link :P) Heber! YOU'RE ALIVE!
  November 10, 2009
Hey Heber. Where ya been? I've been waiting to hear from ya all week. So. You still grounded? Anyway. That's beside the point. Have you started on my Wolf drawing yet? I'm asking too many questions aren't I? THAT WAS THE LAST QUESTION!
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  November 10, 2009
Quoting Awesome-o-saurus The Not-So-Great Hmm... A few pics of yours look a bit blurry. But I think this can help: http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/151857
Lol. Thanks.. Anyway, I don't think any of them are blurry. Well, except for the ones that are on purpose.
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  November 8, 2009
thanks man that helped alot
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  November 7, 2009
Great tips, I take my pics in a room that has no windows but has some see through colombian-roof-thing that sunlight can shine through, that room also has a white light and it works almost as good.
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  November 7, 2009
Hmm... A few pics of yours look a bit blurry. But I think this can help: http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/151857
Heber .
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Kly .
  November 3, 2009
Good Job!! I hold mine and it comes out ok then, again i have steady hands
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  October 30, 2009
thanks dude this helped alot!
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  October 22, 2009
Quoting Lite . Heber. Check out my re posted ODST drawing.
Okay. Hey dude... I'm on my Wii typing this! :D
  October 22, 2009
Heber. Check out my re posted ODST drawing.
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  October 22, 2009
Quoting david drake good point. My MOC's are so tall though that I need to use a sheet hanging on the wall, but same idea. Interestingly, I read somebody else's post on there and he takes all of his pictures at night, but uses a lamp for direct lighting so that he can control the shadow angles, giving his vignettes a more realistic lighting and perspective.
What I do, is I get the white sheet, open the windows, and turn on a light so it looks like the sun is shining in. I do that for out door creations.
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  October 16, 2009
good point. My MOC's are so tall though that I need to use a sheet hanging on the wall, but same idea. Interestingly, I read somebody else's post on there and he takes all of his pictures at night, but uses a lamp for direct lighting so that he can control the shadow angles, giving his vignettes a more realistic lighting and perspective.
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  October 3, 2009
thanks for the advice herber. I just used it on a moc's pictures and they turned out perfect!
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  October 1, 2009
Lol good advice!
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  September 27, 2009
Quoting vasilios nikolaou hey r u gonna post parts 5 and 6 for ur comic
Maybe. I dunno, I'm busy with school and other projects. I'll probably get around to it eventually.
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  September 27, 2009
hey r u gonna post parts 5 and 6 for ur comic
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  September 27, 2009
Quoting James H. Great tutorial! I try to use natural light in all of my shots, and I would love to use paper but most of my creations are too big >.<
That's why I use several papers sheets at once. Or a huge one.
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  September 27, 2009
Great tutorial! I try to use natural light in all of my shots, and I would love to use paper but most of my creations are too big >.<
Heber .
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Padfoot; ¾ Of a MOCer™
  September 24, 2009
Nice. I love the vig.
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  September 24, 2009
i already have a ton of good equipment for this and i already do all of these things but this is helpful to people who don't know this. good job.
  September 24, 2009
my dads a photographer so i kinda already new MOST of this stuff but this is VERY helpful to people who do take blurry pictures.great job on explaining perfectly.
  September 19, 2009
Could you check out my "How To"? Here: http://mocpages.com/moc.php/153580
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  September 17, 2009
Hey thanks! I figured out a while ago that I needed to take pictures is natural light. However I just took them on my sidewalk. Recently I have been considering using a white background, but I wasnt sure what I needed to use. Also, I have a question, should I continue to take these outside, or just by a window? I also never new the need for stabilization, allso I always figured I needed a fancy tripod, Ill try using boxes. Even without the stabilization I eventualy got it right, but it took me forever! Like I said, thanks. =)
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  September 17, 2009
That were some very useful tips, however, I always use a webcam which makes the pictures blurry. I have done all of the steps but it never seems to get out clean. I think it's just that I have a webcam, but then I still need tips on what new camera to get, and how to upload the pictures to my computer. I hope you can help me with that too, 'cos I am really having problems making good pictures. ~Thanks
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  September 16, 2009
oke doke will do
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  September 16, 2009
Thanks Heb!
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  September 15, 2009
good job ive been using my room lights all yellow that 3 and a blue light on a helmet i got at the grand cavers. not cool. if you check mine youll see.
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  September 15, 2009
I do all of this, (Natural lighting, book support, no flash, macro focus) though I learned all it the hard way, trial and error. Thanks for posting this, it's a real problem on MOCpages. :D
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  September 15, 2009
thanx for the tip, i'll try it on.
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  September 14, 2009
Odd, I rarely use a tripod or a stand for my photo's and they generally come out very clean... Maybe I'm just that good? But yes, rooms with windows help. I like to take pictures outside on sunny days though, it really brings out the color in the plastic somehow.
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  September 13, 2009
Thanks for the tips!
  September 13, 2009
as said before, this really helps. could you possibly look at a technique i made? http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/152039 i used what you said here! :D (well except for macro, turns out my camera doesn't have it :()
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  September 13, 2009
Nice Heber. I just got back from a campout. So I have ALOT of stuff to catch up on.
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  September 12, 2009
Yea, all my pics are horrible. The new MOCs i haven't posted have been taken aroud when the sun is the highest, i'm in a room with windows opposite side to each other, i usually take pictures in a corner, or sometimes in the middle where the light is the highest.
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  September 12, 2009
Great,Heber all the way!!!
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  September 12, 2009
Great techniques man! Thanks for the great advice and nice job on this well put together MOC. -Dylan
Heber .
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Kevin Wadowski
  September 11, 2009
This can help a lot, I usally take 15-30 minutes taking pictures! thanks heber :)
Heber .
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Commander Kly
  September 11, 2009
Heber .
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General Cody unit 2224
  September 11, 2009
i like the use of a minifig nice!
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  September 11, 2009
Quoting Maxim . Oh. Sorry. Posted mah comic, I have to go to bed now.
I'm not mad.
  September 11, 2009
Oh. Sorry. Posted mah comic, I have to go to bed now.
  September 11, 2009
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FRy5cwLDS-I&feature=related that song is another Honor song I like 2 Honor with
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  September 11, 2009
Quoting Maxim . WHY?
You think I know?
  September 11, 2009
WHY?
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  September 11, 2009
Quoting Cadet Private Arbogast, Gregory ROFL lol
:O YOU DAI NAO! Jk.
  September 11, 2009
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YdGpLHMBtDc this is my Honor song 2 me Ner Vods
  September 11, 2009
ROFL lol
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  September 11, 2009
Quoting Maxim . Did Spence's account just get deleted?!?!?!?!?
-_- Yeah. Dang, I liked that guy.
  September 11, 2009
Aw Man
  September 11, 2009
Did Spence's account just get deleted?!?!?!?!?
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  September 11, 2009
Quoting Spartan Crusader Matt Shack Spencer Perce Left?
Apparently... :I
  September 11, 2009
Spencer Perce Left?
  September 11, 2009
Yay!
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  September 11, 2009
Quoting Maxim . In about 15 mins I'll have mah comic posted, just to let you know...
Huzzah!
  September 11, 2009
In about 15 mins I'll have mah comic posted, just to let you know...
  September 11, 2009
I am going 2 make a new Spartan out of previest minifigs i posted.
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  September 11, 2009
Quoting Cadet Private Arbogast, Gregory I posted a MOC.
Commented.
  September 11, 2009
I posted a MOC.
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  September 11, 2009
I'm glad you posted this for the people that don't know this technique,I had already used this technique a little bit.
  September 11, 2009
Also, i was wondering if you could send me the main pic of oran, i was GOING to put it on my wall, so Please?
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  September 11, 2009
SWEET! awsome tip!
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  September 11, 2009
Quoting Cadet Private Arbogast, Gregory Sort of,my mom gave it to a shop and got rid of it. :D Im gonna post a moc in later.
Lol. Oh. Cool. Let me know when it's up!
  September 11, 2009
Look at my Post Apic ride.
  September 11, 2009
Sort of,my mom gave it to a shop and got rid of it. :D Im gonna post a moc in later.
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  September 11, 2009
Quoting Cadet Private Arbogast, Gregory Cool,I wasnt on for the past few days caus my computer got a virus.
Gee, that's not good. Lol. You get it fixed?
  September 11, 2009
Cool,I wasnt on for the past few days caus my computer got a virus.
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  September 11, 2009
Quoting Cadet Private Arbogast, Gregory Nice MOC Jason,I would have been on sooner but I just came back from a football game for the rememberance of 9-11.Did anyone get MOTD while I was gone?
Steef de Prouw got MOTD today. And thanks!
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  September 11, 2009
Nice MOC Jason,I would have been on sooner but I just came back from a football game for the rememberance of 9-11.Did anyone get MOTD while I was gone?
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  September 11, 2009
Yeah I sorta figuered this out my self but... Anyway, I'll use the paper idea... so thnks! Also, if you put the camera on timer, its even steadier and clearer!
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  September 11, 2009
nice! and also the little flower is sometimes called "macro". :) that is really helpful heber thanks for making it!
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  September 11, 2009
cool ! thnx for the tips !!! and nice dioramas
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  September 11, 2009
ooh, nice job. Although you are missing a few elements to great photo taking. Yes, I understand how frustrating it is to look through countless pages of poor photos, and it's great to make a little tutorial on it. I myself just can't seem to get great pictures. If you check out my page you can tell that the lighting is bad, and that some older pictures were off-center. But some things that you could add would be hints to get great lighting. Everyone on the site could use that help!
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  September 11, 2009
Quoting joseph phillips . oh my goodness sean kenney commentted hey sean can u pleeeeease comment on at least on of my things please it would be an honor
I find that comment relatively insulting. As you seem not to care about the creation, and merely the fact he commented.
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  September 11, 2009
oh my goodness sean kenney commentted hey sean can u pleeeeease comment on at least on of my things please it would be an honor
  September 11, 2009
OMG!! your fern is partly bent!! :O disfigured lego! ~sirens start balling~ go go men! this is not a drill! lol. XD sorry if this comment bugs you.. just thought it was funny.
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  September 11, 2009
Quoting Sean Kenney This is great! (And really cute.) I hope you don't mind, I added it to the MOCpages help forum http://www.mocpages.com/group.php/2600 so that many people can benefit from your wisdom. :)
Thanks! I'll be posting more tips in the future. Such as, tips on making clones, dioramas, vignettes, etc. I'll join the forum too. Again, thanks.
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  September 11, 2009
This is great! (And really cute.) I hope you don't mind, I added it to the MOCpages help forum http://www.mocpages.com/group.php/2600 so that many people can benefit from your wisdom. :)
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  September 11, 2009
Hey ask your mom or dad if you can get a Facebook.
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  September 11, 2009
Hey, Heber? How do my pictures look at SBSY? I have set mine up on a baseplate. Is that good or not?
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  September 11, 2009
Quoting Chris Phipson Ok, gotta give it to ya. That vig was well done and you taught a good lesson with it. Not bad padawan... not bad at all. ~ Chris.
You were probably somewhat expecting me to reply. So, here you go. Thanks!
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  September 11, 2009
Good job, Heber! I'm sure this will be helpfull to alot of people. I really like those vignettes! :)
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  September 11, 2009
Ok, gotta give it to ya. That vig was well done and you taught a good lesson with it. Not bad padawan... not bad at all. ~ Chris.
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  September 11, 2009
Sweet, I've been doing all those things! The only thing you have to use your hands for is overview shots though. Thanks for the tips!
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  September 11, 2009
Oh. You should get one. I do. If you do look me up. Hey I just added a picture of me in real life on my sig-fig.
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  September 11, 2009
Quoting coffe monkey . i was look for help on this... thanks! good set btw. and i cant find the flower icon? where would it be?
It's not a button. Again, ask your parents or something. It's hard to explain. Sorry.
  September 11, 2009
really helps thanks heber i cant take pics right
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  September 11, 2009
i was look for help on this... thanks! good set btw. and i cant find the flower icon? where would it be?
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  September 11, 2009
Quoting Nathan Watson Hey Heber.! Do you have a Facebook?
No. But I'm thinking about getting one.
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  September 11, 2009
Cool! At fisrt, the yellow light was my problem. Could you comment on my Warthog?
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  September 11, 2009
Hey Heber.! Do you have a Facebook?
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  September 11, 2009
Sweet. I don't think it will though. Phaze might.. :[
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  September 11, 2009
Thanks for doing this. I already know how. I just hope people look at this. Nice vig.
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  September 11, 2009
Saweet. Thx for the help. (Admit it, I su|< at taking pics.)
  September 11, 2009
I am retaking that test and Studying this weekend, It was on the Musles, I have 2 retake the Vocabulay of it in Stead of the hole thing.
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  September 11, 2009
Cool!
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  September 11, 2009
Quoting Spartan Crusader Matt Shack THanks 4 the Tip Ner Vod, I failed a Science test.
Your welcome. And.. That's not good. Science is awesome! You should pay more attention so you can pass the class. Again, science is BA.
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  September 11, 2009
THanks 4 the Tip Ner Vod, I failed a Science test.
 
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