While you have seen a few posts here showing the learning process of how to film my painting DVD's for the Kickstarter program, it occurred to me that I have never really shown the process of taking still images of the miniatures!
This is something I have done tens of thousands of times in the last 13 years. In fact, I have worn out 3 cameras, taking an average of 20,000 images with each one along the way!
There is nothing terribly fancy here. I have 2 white balanced photo lights on each side, with a Fluorescent light on top. If I had the funds available right now, I would replace all these with LED lights, such as my magnifier lights. However, that is not the case, so I will have to stay with this setup for a while.
The concept here is to eliminate as many shadows as possible. When you have 3 lights coming from every angle such as this, you achieve that goal.
The camera is zoomed OUT all the way, which is crucial, and set to wide angle/macro. This prevents that 'depth of field' focus that leads to one sharp focal area, and the rest of your miniature just a blur.
Once all the images have been shot, it's time to get them into Photoshop!
Here are the raw images after being imported:
The first step is to do color correction on each image after cropping it down. It involves lightening the image for the most part, as you can see in the picture.
To create my typical "multiview", I position the images in the pattern that I want.
I expand the canvas size for the "front" views, using the guide lines to make sure the images all line up to each other.
Once I have the larger canvas, I cut and paste each successive view into the image.
The "front" images are done, and now it is time to do the same with the back views.
Once the back views have been pasted into the expanded canvas, you "flatten" the layers, so that you can copy and paste that together with the front views. You can see that I have expanded the canvas for the back views.
The back views have been pasted in, and re sized to match the front views above them.
I crop the image down, and save it as a multiview.
These images are way too big for the web, so those are scaled down, and then cleaned up by adding a few lines to separate the different views.
I hope this information is helpful for everyone!!!