The slightly better of the two latest photographs.
The slightly less good (a wee bit too overexposed and bright) photo.
Monkeying around yet again with the large Sony A100 again just now between finishing a homework session with The Young Master and returning for a bit to the painting table. I think I have it worked out now with the two test shots above: 50mm lens, tripod, f22, ISO 400, and a shutter speed of between 1/8th and 1/16th of a second plus the 10-second self-timer to prevent camera shake.
This complex brew of settings seems to produce nice, bright images in which (almost) everything is in sharp focus. Just have to figure out how to adjust the white balance, and then I think we're there with markedly improved close-up photography here at Stollen Central.
What I am after is photographs of my painted vignettes, units, and occasional games where everything within the frame is in focus (depth of field. . . hence the small f-stop setting), something that is beyond the capability of my tiny point and shoot Sony Cybershot. The photographs accompanying my recent article in the 2018 Wargamer's Annual are not good, and the fault is mine. Poor Lighting + Incorrect Camera Settings = Less Than Stellar Pictures for Publication.
So, time to get this sorted out to avoid similar issues the next time I submit an article and photographs somewhere, or just to share here on the GD o S blog. Now, you can read all about close-up and miniature photography and how to do it in books and online, but there is still a fair amount of experimentation necessary dependent on one's precise equipment and set-up. As steep as the learning curve seems to be, I am, however, enjoying the journey so far.
Further experimenting will, unfortunately, have to wait until next Friday evening I fear, however, as another busy week is coming, and I'll be lucky to find a spare hour most evenings even to venture down here to the painting table, much less experiment with the camera and light tent. I know, I know. Poor me! Poor, wretched me! Woe is I, tiny violins, and all of that.