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Spectral Dragon

Editing photos, do they make mini's better than real life, or is it a necessity?

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Before the advent of GIMP:
Triarch Praetoreon 1.jpg

After the usage of GIMP:
Triarch Praetoreon 1-1.jpg

I will be honest here: when viewing the picture at larger than mini size he looks better than the mini, when viewing at same mini size he looks very close in the second pic. My verdict is thus the usage of editing software is necessary!

Case closed.
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  1. LOBO's Avatar
    Agreed
  2. frogimus's Avatar
    It's a shame that PS or GIMP is needed for mini photography. I find myself wondering whether some people are skilled painters or skilled photo-choppers.
  3. Spectral Dragon's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by frogimus
    It's a shame that PS or GIMP is needed for mini photography. I find myself wondering whether some people are skilled painters or skilled photo-choppers.
    I agree that there are photo choppers out there, but fortunately they can be spotted with a keen eye. If all you do is change the basic properties of the entire photo like most and don't touch the pixels all is well in my book. Heck, I would even forgive changing up the background via photoshop, just don't put that pointer on that mini :P
  4. Darklord's Avatar
    I adjust the levels a little only other thing is remove dust (which my house is full off) to be honest I wouldnt know how to do anything else!!
  5. Spectral Dragon's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Darklord
    I adjust the levels a little only other thing is remove dust (which my house is full off) to be honest I wouldnt know how to do anything else!!
    To be quite honest DL I didn't know how to do anything when I grabbed the program either, some playing around with it got me up to speed pretty quick. It's not too hard.
  6. vegascat's Avatar
    I think its unfortuntely necessary. But I agree that as long as you don't play with the miniature itself, you're good to go in my book. But I think that most of us who've been around for a while realize that most (all?) minis look better in person that in pictures.
  7. Orki's Avatar
    A good camera is more important, and even moreso is knowing how to set up your lighting in the first place.
    It's all a relative chain of events that starts with a well painted mini, then lighting set-up, then camera quality, and finally post production tweaks.

    I think possibly the most important of all though is knowing the effect your monitor has on how you percieve photos, and how you utilse different reference pics alongside your own.

    Since getting a decent camera, the only thing I need to do in post now is to correct the contrast very slightly to compensate for tiny variations in the lamp set-up for that particular shoot.

    It is the digital age now, and back in the analogue days you'd never hear anyone moaning about how others processed thier film beofore going to print. It's called progress, and just is. :)