Taking Good Miniature Pics Is Easier Than You Think

By |2018-02-14T07:30:06+00:00February 14th, 2018|Categories: Hellfire Painting, Hobby Hacks, Hobby Products, How To Tutorial, Warhammer 40k|

Hellfire Pic 4Pics or it didn’t happen! Today, Hellfire Painting is going to be showing just how easy it really is to take great looking pics of your miniatures.

In my Magnus showcase, I mentioned dusting off the ol’ portable photo studio.  I didn’t go into many details then, saving that sweet content and review for a later time.  Well, the time is now, folks!

The truth of the matter is, I’ve had this thing for ages, I just never got around to using it. I bought it online when I was drunk five years ago and was frustrated with my picture taking skills.  Arguably, being drunk didn’t help those, but that’s a whole other bag.

Fast forward a couple of weeks back, I’m struggling to take decent quality pictures of the Magnus diorama.  With the weird angles and large areas of the piece, it was a nightmare.

So I dug up the portable photo station from the storage of the store, and lo and behold, decent pictures!  Here is a couple side by side pictures of roughly the same angle with and without the studio:

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Now believe me when I say decent pictures.  Photography is not something I really enjoy, so I don’t spend much time on it or put much effort in learning how to step up my pic game.  This is why I enjoy the portable studio thing so much: it requires practically no effort and it increases the quality of pictures you can take.

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I mean damn, Harry Potter ain’t got nothin’ on this guy!  Here’s the link for the USA folks ( Canucks, I got you hooked up with a sweet deal on the Canadian Amazon, just scroll to the end of this post.  Leave no hoser behind! )

LimoStudio 16″ x 16″ Table Top Photo Photography Studio Lighting Light Tent Kit in a Box, AGG349

I will probably upload a video soon enough about the exact contents and how I use the portable studio; in the meantime, here’s what I find quite useful:

  • Foldable, so you can keep it stowed away and it doesn’t use much space at all
  • A white and a black backdrop, so you can pick the one that looks best with your minis
  • If you have enough lighting, you can just use the box, no need to set up the extra lights

Like a lot of things on here, the portable doodad combines minimum effort for maximum results, and it makes it a hobby must have if you intend to show off your stuff on the internet. Phrasing?

Hellfire Lightbox

For those shopping from the motherland ( Canada, obv ) here’s the link I promised:

Photo Light Box Photography, Foldable & Portable Mini Photo Studio Lighting Box Kit – Built-in Adjustable LED Strips – 4 Colors Backdrops – Phone Tripod – Switch USB Cable

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Max Dubois is a hobby enthusiast from Quebec that runs most things named Hellfire Painting. Max produces a lot of hobby ressources that you can find on his own blog as well as well as on Spikey Bits. He is always ready to talk shop with other enthusiasts, whether it's about, painting, playing or drinking, no matter your skill level in either those activities. You can also find some of his work on amazon kindle, where he sells hobby e-books for a dollar!