Warts and All Photography
Along with improving my painting and modelling skills, I’m also trying to get a bit more serious about the photography side of the hobby as well. A great paintjob can unfortunately be left lacklustre by an inadequate photo.
I’ve been collecting bits of photography kit here and there such as a light tent, a tripod, and recently a secondhand digital SLR – a Nikon D50. I found my Fuji Finepix snappy cam was struggling to focus at the close range I was using, and the lack of control gave really unpredictable results.
Today I popped to the camera shop and picked up a +4 magnification close-up filter – essentially a magnifying glass which screws onto the front of the lens. It was significantly cheaper than getting a dedicated macro lens, which would be ideal but is like 20 times the price!
I also got them to give the camera sensor a clean while I was there, to shift off some of the fluff.
I’m really pleased with the first results after a very quick play:
As you can see from the Noise Marine WIP, particularly if you click through to see the larger image in Flickr, it really picks out the details and does a great job of highlighting flaws in the paintjob. Normally I might shy from this and avoid presenting such a picture. But I think this visual honesty can only help me to improve my painting skills.