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My picture taking skills are limited as I don't have a lot of patience for setting things up. I just like to snap a pic and be done with it :giggle

Well after looking at some of the pics of models that I have, I was amazed at how well some of the same models I have look in pics.

So I decided to practice taking some pics and these are some progress shots.

The last one is the best pic I have ever taken to date :happy

My digital camera is nothing special either. I did take Stach's advice and created a mini phot booth with a reflective background.

Test one: Trying to get the lighting right, I turned the flash of for this one.
 

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That's really awesome progress you've made Darrick. I applaud you've efforts and perseverance as taking pictures and figuring out lighting can be pretty frustrating at times. Then there's the whole image editing aspect of "producing" good pictures.

The last photo looks super as the light is diffused and "soft". Of course the 2 Mpix of your digicam will limit you on how well-defined your diecasts look. Not to worry...some wise one once said there's no photo contest going on here. :cheers
 
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I hate to ask this question as I fear the answer will cause me to take a trip to Wla Mart and pick up another camera :giggle

Whats the deal with the MP, is it the higher the MP, the better the pictures look? And whats the best MP you can buy on the market?
 

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DiecastX said:
I hate to ask this question as I fear the answer will cause me to take a trip to Wla Mart and pick up another camera :giggle

Whats the deal with the MP, is it the higher the MP, the better the pictures look? And whats the best MP you can buy on the market?
These pixels thingies are found on the digicam's CCD imager. This "imager" is the digital equivalent of film. The greater the number of pixels on this imager, the higher the resolution you will get of your diecast. Put another way, the edges will look sharper and the small/fine details can be captured. As reference, my digicam is a 3.2 Mpix. I believe Ronan and VR's cameras are the same and in the 8 Mpix range (?).

As for highest Mpix on the market, that depends on whether you're looking at (a) consumer grade digicam or (b) professional grade. I'm not too up-to-snuff with the latest technology so I'll defer that question to someone else who is.
 
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:nicejob Darrick, your pics look good. I like that background set up you're using. I'm always trying new stuff out too....Been wanting to try some indoor stuff, since all my photo shoots are outdoors.....

What is a good background set up for indoor shooting on a very poor budget?

Keep on snapping and can't wait to see more pics....
Patty
 

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What is a good background set up for indoor shooting on a very poor budget?
Bristol board from an arts supplies store or something like "Michaels". My most expensive sheet of the glossy stuff is C$5 (~US$3.50).
 

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DiecastX said:
I hate to ask this question as I fear the answer will cause me to take a trip to Wla Mart and pick up another camera :giggle

Whats the deal with the MP, is it the higher the MP, the better the pictures look? And whats the best MP you can buy on the market?
Darrick... the number of megapixels is NOT the holy grail. Unless you are really experienced, really skilled, or both... you will not get it perfect with camera settings only. You will have to post-process, and that means learning to use Photoshop or an equivalent software package. Yes, lighting is also important, and you are learning about that if your recent posts are any indication.

You have everything you need to produce great pics with your existing camera. Many of the MP go to waste because you are reducing size in order to post to the web. The trick lies in what you do to the pic after downloading to your computer and prior to uploading to the web.
 
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Patty,
Thanks for the kind words. :cheers

Felix,
Thanks for explaining that for me.

Jeff,
Your post really set off a light for me as the camera came with some imaging software. I think I will use the last pic and play with it for some and seeif I can achieve better results in the "post-process".

Thanks :cheers
 
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