Photographing your minis

Cartoon from NinjaBread

Personally, I don't have a fancy set up. I get decent pictures, but I'm limited in my space and lighting so I have to be creative when I snap pictures.

Knowing that my example would not be the best, when fellow FTW Blogger Team Snake Eyes suggested it would make a good Collaborative Post, I knew I had to see what was out there.

Stuff to help you
Printable cloud backgrounds from Corvus' Miniatures
Printable backgrounds from NinjaBread

Basic setups
A simple 2 light, desk setup by WeeMen
Kitchen table setup by Awakening Ynnead
Photographing your minis by Battle Report Blog
Photographing Miniatures by Lancashire WarGaming
Inexpensive light box by One Inch Warriors
Workbench setup by Doom's Blog
Basic photo set up by Roll With It
Minimalist approach to photographing minis by Colours and Eagles
Cheapskate approach to photography by Meridian Prime
The basic approach to photography by Hudson
Basic lightbox and photography by Home of Cadaver
Building a lightbox by Excommunicate Traitoris
Photos on the cheap by Defending Humanity
Using the Digital Concepts Light Studio by Strictly Average
A simple lightbox by Tentakel

Advanced setups and Editing
Photographing your minis by Pirate Viking Painting
Using GIMP by Broken Paintbrush
Fishtank and foil setup by Corvus' Miniatures
Macro photography, a how to by Schola Progenium
Building mini-friendly light box by The LeadHead
Editing your photos by Burned Brush
Setting your background level by Warpstone Flux
How I photograph minis by The Painting Shop
Taking pictures and Editing Pictures by WH40K (translated by Google)
Taking pictures by N++ Wargaming
Photographing your minis Part 1, 2, 3 by The Miniature Side of Me

And a handful of links from the Tutorials section:
Editing out photo backgrounds, by Pit of the Oni
Learning how to: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, by Chicago Terrain Factory
Photobox: Cheap and easy, by The Painting Corps
Photographing minis the easy way by FoxPhoenix's 40k
Photographing using the macro feature by The Tin Paint Bucket
White Balance: How to set it, by The Painting Corps
Taking pictures (video), by Shortsonfire79's Modeling

Ron, From the WarpIf you've got any questions about something in this post, shoot me a comment and I'll be glad to answer. Make sure to share your hobby tips and thoughts in the comments below!


  1. There is a lot of material there. I think I take decent pictures but there is always room for improvement so I will be checking them out when I get the time.

    And Curis strips are always funny!

  2. Excommunicate Traitoris's tutorial for a lightbox, rox. Thanks much!

  3. A great collection of resources. Given unlimited space/money/time anyone can take good pictures of their miniatures. But for the rest of us with limited funds and multiple demands on our time we need to find a simpler and cheeper way to get good results. There are some great tips and ideas amongst these links to help achive that objective. Thanks for sharing.

    btw... I posted an article on my blog in April about Photography at Conventions that some readers may find interesting.

  4. There are defintely so great tips in there... especially for those of us on a budget (and who isn't these days).

    Big Lee: Send me tyour link and I'll see about getting it added here.

  5. Thanks Ron, having all this in one spot is a great resource.

  6. Thank you for the useful links, I'll have to study this a bit.

    And that comics rocks!

  7. Glad it helps guys, but don't thank me, it's everyone who's ever taken the time to post how they do it for the rest of us to learn from that we should be thanking.


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