A good wargaming and writing friend in Ireland asked recently about the camera(s) I use to shoot my finished figures. Never one to miss an opportunity to hold forth on any number of subjects about which I know little to nothing, in the now well-established tradition of the Internet, I thought I'd provide a quick and dirty guide to photographing your model soldiers this morning.
For the most part, I use a small Sony Cybershot DSC-TX20 just like the one shown above. The great thing about this point-and-shoot camera is that it automatically flips itself into macro mode when you get close enough to the subject, making things almost foolproof. Good for ten-thumbed, technically challenged guys like me. As long as you have enough light, and the figures are shot against a neutral blue or green background, it's pretty easy to shoot reasonably good photographs. Try to get as close to the figures as possible, and fill the frame with them although digital jpeg files can be easily enlarged and cropped without too much frustration these days. Hmm. Maybe some outpatient therapy or shock treatment might help might help with all of this unintentional alliteration this morning?
When I just cannot get a close enough shot without things showing up blurred, I pull out the Gun of Naverone below, the Sony Alpha100. A large camera that's ideal for us guys going through a midlife crisis, but who lack the extra funds for a zippy red sportscar, or a second, high-maintenance "trophy" wife. Since this is a more complicated piece of equipment, it requires more messing around with one of three lenses we have for it along with some experimenting with the macro and depth of field settings. And you've actually got to read the manual. Funny about that. Oh, and for the slower shutter speeds associated with greater depths of field, a small tripod is a must since most of us cannot hold a camera steady for longer than a split second. At least I can't. You know? All of that caffeine.