Today in our comeback to normality, we will continue with our serie of articles dedicated to how to take pictures of our figures and to be more concrete, how to edit digitally our photos. You could see the past entries dedicated to that topic: Taking photos to miniatures part 1, where i show you the different and best known camera typologies of nowadays; Taking photos to miniatures part 2, where i explain how to configurate all the options to get the best pics posible; Taking photos to miniatures part 3, where y analize whole photographic material we could need; Taking photos to miniatures part 4, where you could see so many options to compose your scene or photographic set; and Taking photos to miniatures part 5, where you could see with which programs you could edit pictures bot paying and so decent alternatives of freeware.
When we talt about editing the photos of our figures, it is no meant to improve the painting, retouch error or fix problems with the color of the figure. If we do not want a more artistic picture or a composition. What we whant to search is to get what we see on the figure when we look it in our screen. For that it is so important to have it correctly calibrated, that could be done from the configguration menu, external software or even a clibrator, that last is the best poption, but it is so expensive and it is only recomended for professionals of the design photography, digital drawing… for a professional that needs to be sure that what he sees on the screen is what he will get on any other media (printing, web, gallery…).
Having that premises clear let see which are the features more used when we wanted to adjust our photos:
Levels or luminosity: Normally it is one of the feature swe have to configurate for sure due it is one of the most difficult to get properly at the picture. In that we will correct the darknes/lightness of the image. Personally with my Canon EOS 1100D i get greyish/neutral pictures, then i have to increase both light and shadow. A trick that i use is to focus in the bacground, as it is usually with flat (of colour, without draws or clouds) it is so easy to search the correct lighting and then the figure is corrected.
Color: As happens with the levels, that is something that has to be adapted because it is not as we see on the figure. In that menu we have three bars, one red, another green and the last blue (we have to remind that screens works in light colours, what means in RGB and not in pigment colours CMYK). That bars will be moved searcheng to delete the colour dominances. For that, again, it is a good idea to focus on the background. That feature could be minimized to fix with the white balance in cameras to allow to configurate it properly, but in mobiles and some compact cameras we will ned the post editing. A trick to that is as we are getting some pictures of the same figure in the same place and light conditions, that take notes of the changes and do to all the same, with the same values.
Clone stamp: Some times it is necessary to delete any support or even a bit of what we have in the back (that usually happens when we take pictures of big figures with backgrounds so small) with that tool we could clone near zones and deleting that unwanted apearances.
Cut: In some occasions there is so much background that is not important because what we want to focus is the model, with that we will delete that so much background. The programs allows us to mantain a relation between height and width, with that we could print or put in webs with standar size or proportions standarized.
Focus: With mobile or compact cameras several times, when we enlarge the picture we see it a bit blurry. It could be witha small trepidation when we take the picture, poor quality of the lens… With the focus option, it may create a bit of “noise” but it will make a more defined pictures.
Resize: For some proposald we will need smaller pictures, for its size, its weight, restrictions of the web we will upload or even because it is not need to see the figures so enlarged. With that tool we will give the correct size to our pictures.
As i ever say, whole that is focused in a casual use as it could be taking pictures of our models to show them in social media forums or even the pleasure to have an image of them. But for sure it will help you to get better results, because photographing our figures is very frustrating some times, because it is so different of what we see on the figure.