In my first article in the miniature photography series, I talked about lighting. The gist of the article is that lighting is very important and that you cannot get enough of it.
I have been struggling to get enough light on my miniatures with the desk lamps I’m currently using to paint by, but never quite succeeded in doing so. The photographs turn out OK, but you can still see evidence of uneven lighting on most photos, as well as some blatantly underlit photographs, as in this Viking:
(if you don’t see what I mean, click on the photo and select the largest picture on the ‘All sizes’ page).
This weekend, however, I found the perfect recipe - no more underlit or unevenly lit figures - just use sunlight! The last four pictures of miniatures I took are done in simple daylight, with no extra lighting added (though, admittedly, with long exposure times), and they are just perfect (lighting wise, that is). Check out this dwarf (who, incidentally, will go up on Ebay soon):
This pic was taken with the dwarf sitting on my living room table in normal, indirect, sunlight (not direct sunlight to avoid hard shadows). Nothing more was done with the picture except to snip away the background and replace it with a white page.
Of course, as I take most of my pictures at night after having just painted them, I might have to rethink my photo taking strategy :)