Learning To Photograph Your Miniatures

February 17, 2016 by crew

In this article we are going to delve deep into a part of this job consisting in photographing the miniatures of Infinity. It is possible that this information may result curious or even interesting for some readers. If this article manages to inspire a good artist to take photographing miniatures seriously, then it would have been worth it.

Photographing Miniatures

Now in Corvus Belli we have a great room for photography with all the miniatures painted by Angel, the ones painted by DAF and the scenery made by Alex Quinteiro, plus numerous scenery pieces made by CB’s official partners that help bringing the tables to life.

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This room has a “library” of miniatures and terrain, it is our own cinematographic studio, “CorvusBelliWood”. Come and see our stars!

The camera used to make the photos is a Nikkon 5200, that comes with a AF-S Nikkor 18-55mm 1:3.5-5.6G lens. This is a great lens that adapts to many of our needs. With some experience, making a lot of photos, we ended out finding the best settings for the type of photographs we wanted.

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This lens captures perspective really nice and works especially well in group pictures. If we place the camera in a higher angle, with an ISO value of 250, F22 aperture and a couple of seconds of exposition we have this kind of photo.

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This is a good type of photograph to, for example, display a starter pack. Every miniature is focused and the product can be clearly seen.

As you can see in the picture, the set lighting is done with desk lamp and white light bulbs sieved with duct taped papers on them. Nothing fancy at all.

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Now look at what happens if we change the aperture and exposition time. F13 and half second, for example…

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We get a nice effect on which the mini stands out, while the rest ends up slightly out of focus. But this can still be improved.

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This is a macro lens AF-S VR Micro-Nikko 105mm. f/2.8G IF-ED, a wonder. With this lens we can take pictures of very close things. What we learnt with this lens is that you can take pictures of the miniatures as if they were little persons.

We lower the angle from which we take the photograph, add a very selective focus, little exposition time and complete adding elements to define the depth.

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We like this kind of photographs a lot. Adding a couple of little out of focus elements in front and a couple of miniatures behind while having a very selective focus, the lens makes the miniature stand out over, but still we can appreciate the context of the photo.

With this lens we can make close-up shots of our “actors”, it is almost like a movie camera for the miniatures world of Infinity.

Just like many movie divas, our miniatures (and their painters) don’t like to be taken pictures from a close distance, so we try that every little detail is shown and let everyone satisfied.

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As you can guess, this is a very fun part of the job. It is a joy to work with miniatures and scenery painted to this level.

You can read the original article HERE and look out for more from Corvus Belli as they take us through the ways you can enhance and show off your Infinity hobby.

Carlos Llauger Lorenzo AKA Bostria

Now is your turn to try with yours!

"It is a joy to work with miniatures and scenery painted to this level."