Flash, Bang, Wallop

One of stumbling blocks 6d6 Fireball has encountered is getting decent photos of our miniatures. Hiring professionals is expensive and doing it yourself is a lot harder than it looks. Our current images where created using a scanner which works OK as a stop-gap but it is not a long term solution.

This evening I’ve been bitten the bullet, grabbed my girlfriends point&shoot camera and started learning about photography. It is all f numbers, ISO and exposure times. Stuff that I’ve never really understood or needed to understand for the type of picture taking I’ve wanted in the past. I’m glad to report that after a few hours playing round it is starting to make sense.


This test photo is the best of this evenings work. Clearly a lot of work to do, this image is too dark but at least it is visible and in focus. A big step up from most of shots I’ve taken.

One issue that is taxing me is the scale of the image. The miniature is 28mm high but this images is probably appearing twice to three times larger on your screen. This is good because it shows the detail but bad because it also shows imperfection that are invisible to the naked eye (or at least hard to spot). Getting the image size right is going to take some experimentation.


  1. I will dig up a link to a great macrophotography thread over on the PP forums which was written by one of the staff photographers at White Dwarf. I’ve had very good results following the tutorial: You really only need a good light box set-up (about 200 euros), a good digital camera (most nowadays fit the bill), and a tripod.

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  2. @MJ – Much appreciated. I have the tripod and was going to investigate lighting options today. Any advice gladly received.


  3. From my own experience, getting enough lighting is both the challenge and the most important thing to get right. For macro photography you’ll need about four times more light than you think you do. Also, a light box is essential for diffusing your light so that you don’t get the ‘oh so dark’ shadows against washed out highlights. You don’t need to spend a fortune on a pro light box though, especially right now when you’re still learning. Check out this DIY tutorial for a (nearly) free light box:


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