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Hey Everyone,

I was fickling around with Paint yesterday trying to create some pics for the light kit manual's cover pages and managed to create some - I think - pretty decent backgrounds for some of my past models. Have a look...Let me know what you think.

http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b31/trekmodeler/Model%20FX/bb.jpg

http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b31/trekmodeler/Model%20FX/000_6550aa1aa.jpg

http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b31/trekmodeler/Model%20FX/000_5484aa1aa.jpg

http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b31/trekmodeler/Model%20FX/000_5489aa1aa.jpg

http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b31/trekmodeler/Model%20FX/000_5487aa1aa.jpg

(yes I know engines are off, but what the heck) :cool:
http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b31/trekmodeler/Model%20FX/000_5489aawarp1aa.jpg

http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b31/trekmodeler/Model%20FX/000_5502warp1aa.jpg

http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b31/trekmodeler/Model%20FX/000_5500aawarp1aa.jpg

http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b31/trekmodeler/Model%20FX/000_5327aawarp1aa.jpg

http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b31/trekmodeler/Model%20FX/000_5328warp1.jpg

http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b31/trekmodeler/Model%20FX/000_5402warp.jpg

http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b31/trekmodeler/Model%20FX/000_5331warp1aa.jpg

http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b31/trekmodeler/Model%20FX/000_5141aa1aa.jpg

http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b31/trekmodeler/Model%20FX/000_5105stars.jpg

http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b31/trekmodeler/Model%20FX/000_3227aawarp1.jpg

http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b31/trekmodeler/Model%20FX/000_3226warp1.jpg

http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b31/trekmodeler/Model%20FX/000_3233aa.jpg

http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b31/trekmodeler/Model%20FX/000_4932warp.jpg


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http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b31/trekmodeler/Model%20FX/000_4935warp.jpg
 

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Fantastic, dude! Excellent attention to detail on those backgrounds. I especially like how the E-E pics turned out.
 

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Thanks for the kind words guys! I appreciate it. I guess the trick is, the model must be shot in the right lighting to be believable. The brighter the shot the more it stands out of the background.
 

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very nice work. are you a profesional photographer? they look so nice, they look like stills from the show. incredible work im very impressed with both your modeling and picture taking skills:thumbsup: :thumbsup:. a new benchmark has been reached. i wish i was as talented
 

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Thanks for the kind words guys! I appreciate it. I guess the trick is, the model must be shot in the right lighting to be believable. The brighter the shot the more it stands out of the background.
That's a fact, man. I've seen a lot of folks try to add their model to a background w/a poor choice of lighting, such as having the model lit from the front while the background shows a nearby planet w/a star "behind" the planet from the ships perspective. When that's done for box art, it's not a big deal - at least not to me - but when it's done for a personal display it just doesn't look as good.
 

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Griffworks said:
That's a fact, man. I've seen a lot of folks try to add their model to a background w/a poor choice of lighting, such as having the model lit from the front while the background shows a nearby planet w/a star "behind" the planet from the ships perspective. When that's done for box art, it's not a big deal - at least not to me - but when it's done for a personal display it just doesn't look as good.
The more light (diffused and evenly spread without causing a glare) the better the focus possible on my digital camera. You can always tone down the elements and play with lighting angles in a photoshop program.
 

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Really neat Stuff Trek Modelr. I have Photo Shop to play around with...still getting the hang of it.

Anyone ever try composting model illuminated pictures whereas with a didgital camera on a tripod...Shoot a pic with room/set lights or filll lights on... Then kill the set lights...then shoot again, with a timers help, the model again illuminated in the dark.

The next step is put them in Photshop and if I can figure it out make the illuminated shots transparent and make masks. It should bring up the light levels of the kits light on the fill photo. A composite photo...mmmust go read the instructions.

Kinda like back the good ol days when Hollywood used miniatures. Easy to do on film with a 35mm SLR...you do a double exposure in the same frame...way open F stop.

Just thinkin :thumbsup:

Oh! And then there is video!
DLM
 

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DL Matthys said:
Really neat Stuff Trek Modelr. I have Photo Shop to play around with...still getting the hang of it.

Anyone ever try composting model illuminated pictures whereas with a didgital camera on a tripod...Shoot a pic with room/set lights or filll lights on... Then kill the set lights...then shoot again, with a timers help, the model again illuminated in the dark.DLM
Thanks Don! I do that every time I photograph a model. I love capturing models in heavy light and dark conditions, but I think that a hint of ambient light in the picture would add more realism when placing the model in front of starfield backgrounds.
 

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DL Matthys said:
Anyone ever try compositing model illuminated pictures whereas with a didgital camera on a tripod...Shoot a pic with room/set lights or filll lights on... Then kill the set lights...then shoot again, with a timers help, the model again illuminated in the dark.

The next step is put them in Photshop and if I can figure it out make the illuminated shots transparent and make masks. It should bring up the light levels of the kits light on the fill photo. A composite photo...mmmust go read the instructions.
If you're trying to make a mask, simply take a copy of the picture or portion thereof that you want to make a mask of and play with the contrast and brightness until you have a perfectly black (silhouetted) or perfectly white object.

In Paint Shop ProX, the layer properties setting allows the opacity to be adjusted from 0% to 100%. There's got to be a similar function in Photo Shop.
 
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