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Pics of the Week: Blue Moon Miniautures


This is an amazing set of pics and are done by a friend of mine that paints miniatures for a living. He is by far worth checking out, and yes that is a small plug for him. I have seen his work though, and his studio, and its just fun to walk through and look at his miniatures.

Pics of the Week is a an almost weekly (I try) post showcasing all the wonderful artwork that the 40k universe has to offer.

This is but a small sample of miniatures that I saw the last time I was in his studio (last week). Obviously he spends more time painting than on his youtube site, but here is the link.
http://www.youtube.com/user/bluemoonminis?feature=watch

Disclaimer: These were quickly taken and not really set up for photos albeit very quickly. Also taken on my new iphone. (wife was nice for my birthday this year)












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  1. Purple purity seals? Seems so wrong. But I like it.

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    1. The taint of Slaanesh has been in them.

      ...did you catch that?

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  2. You get the powers app? Almost gifted it... Then I realized you probably got that first?

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    1. I have not gotten anything for the iphone yet. I am just figuring out how to use the thing

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    2. Have fun figuring it out. Sent you the psychic powers app, Happy Birthday. Hit me up if it didn't work, sent to your email.

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    3. A huge thanks for the gift. I was surprised a little bit how much I like that app after playing around with it for the last hour.

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  3. I really wonder why people bother to put up blurry pictures of miniatures. The blur totally screws up any positive thing that they were trying to convey. It's always so sad when people post shots of what are undoubtedly a great paintjob, but you can't see it due to the blur.

    Also, when shooting Macro (ie really close) close the aperture (ie higher fStop)so the WHOLE miniature is in focus. Closing the aperture a bit also works well when taking those shots of whole armies on the play boards.

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    1. I know very little about photography. Something I wish to learn more about.

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    2. Most community Colleges offer beginning Digital Photography classes. The one I went to the instructor worked with both DSLR's and little Point and shoots. They cover composition, how to make good shots, Why you take more than one shot of the same thing same angle. What all of those settings on the camera actually DO. etc. When to use a flash and how to get one to not over light a subject. Also they cover cropping and the class I took included a Photoshop basics as part of the class.

      There are also many good photography tutorials here on the internet.

      One thing that I would love to say again to the whole community. Don't bother to post blurry images. They are a complete waste of bandwith. When you are at an event Take a bajillion images of everything. You will end up throwing away like 75% of them or more. Camera memory cards are VERY cheap there's no reason to not have 8gig or larger cards for your camera. Oh yeah, toss the blurry images, there's nothing you can do to fix something that's a complete blur.

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  4. Before folks say that 'Tasha is nitpicking'. Stop. She's right. These models kick ass. They deserve a photographer behind the camera. Wow.

    What can I say Naftka, you've fostered a culture of high expectations.

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  5. No arguments here on the quality of the photographer (myself).

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  6. BTW I am not attacking the photographer. In our hobby we have a ton of VERY talented people putting images of their beautifully painted models up on websites. An embarassing number of those photos are completely blurry.

    Now depth of field issues(ie Body in focus, but sword and gun are blurry)are also common, but at least you can usually see most of the miniature.

    It doesn't take an expensive camera, just some time learning. Sort of how we are all learning about painting and playing.

    It's something that's so common in our hobby it's something that I am starting to call out to make the community aware of it. Also, to let people know how easy it is to fix it and learn how to take decent pictures.

    PS I love your site Natfka, it's one of my favorites that I check multiple times a day.

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    1. any chance you have some good insight, or a good site that has some good information to get started for the those of us starting at zero?

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    2. This site seems to have some good Articles on Photography for the beginner.

      http://digital-photography-school.com/digital-photography-tips-for-beginners

      also A blog with a list of Photography sites that help beginners

      http://larryferlazzo.edublogs.org/2010/12/25/the-best-sites-for-learning-beginning-photography-tips/

      When you are reading, esp keep your eye on the stuff about Aperture. Proper Aperture settings along with proper white balance settings can really make a huge difference in taking good Photographs of anything, but esp miniatures.

      PS you can use an inexpensive camera, but entry level DSLR's have come way down in price. You don't need anything beyond the "starter lens". I would recommend that you pick up a half way decent speedlight and diffuser (Flash attachment and cover that softens the light from the flash). I like Canon Cameras, but Nikon makes pretty good cameras too. If you have a friend with some decent camera equipment, get the same brand as they have. That way you can try out lenses.

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  7. Uh just to point out that Natfka did say they were taken on an iphone, so any comments re depth of field, fstop, etc are pointless. We live in a cellphone age and it is nice to share quick snaps. In order to fulfill your expectations for focus at such close range a dslr would be required and possibly a macro lens.
    I would recommend to look at one of the Nikon models which are excellent and reasonably priced and some of the previous year models can still be bought new and at a discount, e.g. d3100. Don't get too caught up in megapixel rating as lenses and camera capability are far more important.

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    1. It doesn't need a DSLR to take half decent miniatures pics - most half decent compacts have a macro mode and will have an aperture priority setting of some description, and that's at least three quarters of the battle. Add in a daylight bulb with a bit of tissue over it to difuse the light and a plain background, and you can get surprisingly good pictures with not too much effort.

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    2. Both Canon and Nikon make great entry level DSLR Cameras. So inexpensive that's it's kind of silly to buy a point and shoot. Any DSLR has more than enough resolution (ie Megapixels) for a website. Though more resolution does help if you want to crop down more. Canon's Digital Rebel line is great for beginners.

      I took pretty good miniature pictures for years with a 2MP Nikon Point and shoot. Like I said with DSLR prices so low, it's silly to buy a Point and shoot.

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