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A Lesson for the Photographically Challenged
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.



Example:





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.

Hope you all found this useful,

Keep on building ~ Nowhereman



Comments

 I like it 
  July 17, 2009
You are, my HERO! Thanks Heaps man! I can't thank you enough! I was a creative builder, but with lack of camera skills. Now I know how to use the Camera! Thanks, may it rain lego on you!
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  June 1, 2009
MMMMM monster useful! Dude, I really needed this stuff.
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  May 10, 2009
Thanks, this is heplful :)
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  April 22, 2009
Thanks alot man! im gonna start posting now cause of this. just where is that poster board i had earlier.....
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  April 21, 2009
Some more advice- Use Flickr's picnic or some other photo editing thing to make those finishing touches.=)
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  March 30, 2009
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.
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  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!
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  March 20, 2009
Is it almost ready to post?
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  March 18, 2009
hey dude wen u gonna post new mocs? i really like ur mocs... p.s. i posted a cool new moc 2 days ago
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  March 18, 2009
I can't wait to see your new mech. I just posted mine.
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  March 18, 2009
i'm ghetto in my photography, i use a towel in my laundry room
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  March 14, 2009
im finally back. look what i can do: ██▓▒░ ░▒▓██
  March 11, 2009
I've added my latest mech if u want to check it out.http://mocpages.com/moc.php/103514 and could I join FORGE too.
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  March 8, 2009
Very helpful tips! I noticed you added me as a favorite. Could you extend me an invitation to your group FORGE?
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  February 18, 2009
This is great! Thanks for the tips!!
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  February 13, 2009
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!!
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  February 10, 2009
Sorry, I can't say I have played Super Robot Taisen. Ask my friend Jin-jiro Perez. He's a huge SRW fan.
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  February 5, 2009
pretty intresting indeed... i like it
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  February 4, 2009
this is good dude... i use flash thouhg.. cuz my camera automaticly adjusts to the lighting... good thing hre thouhg.. check out my new mocs
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  January 31, 2009
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 like it 
  January 31, 2009
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.
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  January 31, 2009
I hate flash too.
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  January 31, 2009
Great techniques!
 
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