El Dave Photography

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If you're going to take pictures of tiny things, you need a tiny place to take their picture, right? It seems like lately my subjects have been getting smaller than usual. Instead of 6" action figures, I've been enjoying photographing 28-32mm miniature models (roughly 1.1-1.3"). Perspective is hard enough to get right at 6", but when you shrink down to miniature size, things get... difficult.

Which I why I build my own sets. I've done a post about miniature sets before, but it was more of a "Hey, here is one little prop" instead of a complete scene. This time, I'd like to show off a cave/stone set for miniatures.

First, the materials:
5" x 5" Canvas Panels (x3)
Acrylic Paint

Just a quick note before we get any further. The miniatures in today's shot are Sir Titus and a Hill Giant. Both are pewter wargaming miniatures produced by Reaper Miniatures. Ok, back on topic.

Assemble three of the canvas panels into a floor and two walls, then put the spackle down to create a texture. Give it plenty of time to dry (best to let it sit overnight), and then you can get to painting. I painted mine in browns and grays. Once the whole thing is dry and you're happy with how it looks, set your models on the set, get your lighting where you want it, and start snapping away. Here is what mine looks like, completed and ready to go:

Dungeons and Dragons - Setup

Tiny, right?

Well, here is what that tiny little set and tiny little models looks like through the camera:

Dungeons & Dragons

Be good,

If you're not blind and deaf, how can we pollute your head?

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3 Reply to "The Stage is Set"

David A Price on September 15, 2009 at 6:53 AM

You are quite the artist, my friend.


El Dave on September 15, 2009 at 7:54 PM

Thank you, sir! I definitely appreciate it


Cialis Online on March 18, 2011 at 6:50 AM

don't tell me that you make this set with your own hands? wow men you are a real artist, if I have this talent for sure I work a grea company making sets.