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  Taking Better Model Pics!
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England - North West, United Kingdom
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Posted: Tuesday, December 13, 2005 - 03:10 AM UTC
Jacques Duquette (Jacques) show us how to simply take better pics of our models......so we''re all playing on a level field in those Model of the Month competitions! Thanks Jacques!


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Posted: Tuesday, December 13, 2005 - 03:48 AM UTC
Well done Jacques..I've just learned the benifits of a tripod... Sure beats leaning against something..

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Posted: Tuesday, December 13, 2005 - 04:54 AM UTC
Very nice article there Jacques. I think I will be trying out the foam backdrop as I need some better backgrounds on my models to get back into par with all the great photographs being displayed now adays.

And I agree 100% with the tripod as being one of the most important items.. they are really inexpensive as you can get table top models for less than $10 and larger ones for only a little more..

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Posted: Tuesday, December 13, 2005 - 06:42 AM UTC
I'm a great fan of narrow aperture, long exposure shots. (thanks Eric). This allows a "macro" picture that takes in the length of the vehicle instead of just the headlight lens and everything else is out of focus.

Either way, a tripod is a MUST! Save yourselves a lot of grief and invest in the $ 10 -40.00 (pick a currency) it costs. It saves so much hassle and aggravation.

Another very good investment is a remote trigger... Again not expensive, but It stops you moving the camera at the vital moment. I hate blurred shots because the pressure of my finger on the trigger moved the camera just as I took the picture.

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Posted: Tuesday, December 13, 2005 - 06:45 AM UTC
Jacques, great artile thanks for sharing it with us. cheers Kevin
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Posted: Tuesday, December 13, 2005 - 06:50 PM UTC
Thanks for that, this is going to come in handy when the big day comes around and i get my camera

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Posted: Tuesday, December 13, 2005 - 09:20 PM UTC
Nice feature I like it a lot - lots of good information

I'd like to add my two cents - when I'm doing review photos of individual parts, I get right up on the part. The part is about 4 or 5 inches from the lens and the lights are only about 10 inches away. The lights I use are regular round bulbs you get in the US. I use 3 light sources from 3 different points.
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Posted: Wednesday, December 14, 2005 - 04:21 AM UTC
Interesting tips, will have to try them, already have tripod, and lights...... and photoshop6... just need to learn to use them.... :-) :-)