-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-Woodsman's Cottage-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+- On the southwest coast of Garheim lay an inlet connected to the sea known as Black Loch and upon its shores sat the city of Orevale. Nestled between two spurs of the Sister Peaks, the Ore Prairie had a more temperate climate than much of the rest of Garheim and many of Orevale Hold's citizens had turned from the sea to work the land, grazing their livestock on the sparse grasses of the northern mountains, beneath the trees of the Eldir Forest, or upon the grasslands of the prairie itself. South of the walled-city that surrounded Castle Valeguard in the center of Orevale Hold lay the aptly-named town of Stones Throw which marked the border between the Eldir Forest and the rest of the Ore Prairie. The denizens of Stones Throw were primarily wood-cutters, carving out homesteads and pastures from the surrounding forest to make a life for themselves at the feet of the mountains. -+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+- As always, comments and criticism are welcome and appreciated! Ronin
Post by Sir Caedric Moore on Oct 3, 2016 14:45:34 GMT -8
Thanks, man! That's just what I was going for - I gotta get more orange and dark red leaves so I can build more trees and I wish I had bought the Elrond's Council set so I'd have some yellow ones, too. I found a great set for dark tan and sand orange pieces - the Star Wars "Battle of Takodana" set - so I splurged and bought two, so this was my first attempt at adding more color to the landscape. I agree it needs some work, still; busy was a good way to put it
Even if you don't have all the leaf pieces you want, you could always cheat and have some brown branches, suggesting that the leaves have fallen. (And maybe dapple some 1x1 dark orange, orange, red, and dark red plates and round plates at the base of the tree to suggest leaves on the ground.)
Post by AK_Brickster on Oct 31, 2016 13:31:28 GMT -8
From a presentation perspective, I think if you can find a way to diffuse your light a little, your builds will "show" better. Right now, the direct lighting is really accentuating the studs by glaring off the side of the studs. This adds to the perceived texture levels, I think.
I need a better camera The best photos I can take require using the flash, which makes them look a bit flat and full of glare; without the flash, my photos are too dark to see. I wish picture quality didn't play as big a part in how people view a build as it does, as often times I'll spend weeks building something and only get a few favorites while someone can take a picture of a minifig on a picnic table and get over fifty faves lol
Post by AK_Brickster on Nov 1, 2016 9:41:09 GMT -8
Do you have a cell phone with a decent camera? Getting adequate lighting on the model and figuring out a way to stabilize your hands if you don't have a tripod (leaning your forearms on the back of a chair, for example) will help to improve photo quality without needing the flash.
I take all of my photos with my iPhone, and they usually turn out halfway decently, especially for smaller stuff where there isn't a lot of depth of field. The biggest key is getting enough light, meaning you might have to spring for a couple of spotlights with some daylight bulbs and a little tissue paper to diffuse the light.
This discussion reminds me that I have a photo tutorial started that I need to finish!