Digital Cameras, take a look

Colonel Apr 22, 2000

  1. Colonel

    Colonel Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    Recently gatts and I took shots of my layout using his Nikon digital camera. Digital cameras have come a long way, have a look at my pictures page on my site. All these pictures were taken with the digital camera

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  2. Robin Matthysen

    Robin Matthysen Passed Away October 17, 2005 In Memoriam

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    As you say, digital cameras have come a long way. Sure shows off the locos as it is possible to get close. My friend Vincent Mariner uses an Epson and his results are great too. See his pictures at:
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  3. Alan

    Alan Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    WOW! Great pictures, Colonel. I didn't realise digital cameras could take such good close-ups. The thumbnails are not great though the pixels stand out, is reduction a problem with digital? I have to confess I know nothing about them. I am still on 35mm, prints, scanned.

    My sister keeps saying I should get a digital camera (she custom-built StickyMonk's and my computers) so knows about these things [​IMG] Will have to borrow hers and do a few test shots.

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    The perfect combination - BNSF and N Scale!

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  4. Colonel

    Colonel Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    Thanks for the comments Alan, yes I enlarged the thumbnails therefore the pics do not look great but click on the thumbnails to see the real picture. there is no problem in reducing digital pictures actually these pictures were reduced from 1200 * 800 to 600 * 400.

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  5. Gats

    Gats Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    Since the forums allow jpgs to be posted, I will pop a couple up in a reduced format a little later.

    Gary.
     
  6. rray

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    I took a look at your site too Paul, and the photo's are excellent. Is that the Coolpix 950?
    I almost bought the 950, but found an Olympus D450Z on sale and picked it up instead.
    Mine does decent pictures, but I am not a good photographer, so it takes me something like 10 shots till I get 1 I like.
    It looks like you redone all your photo's, and some of them made it hard to tell that they were N-Scale!. Great job! [​IMG]

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  7. ten87

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    I have a digital camera too and love it [​IMG], though I wish it had provisions for long exposures. The thing I wanted to point out is that at http://photos.yahoo.com they give you 15 megs of online storage of your photos, but the best part is that you can order photo-processing quality reprints of them online. It's a great price and easy to upload your photos with their wizards.

    Ed Harrison
     
  8. eddelozier

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    I've used digital Cam to PC hookup for past couple of years. I use 'Snappy' software and my printer port to import frame images off of 8mm tape or old VCR tapes. I can capture any frame from thousands of moving frames. I also use it to take still pictures of my models and layout.
    My contest photo is an example. It's been great for railroad travels for recording the best pictures on return to home. Once loaded to PC, a good Art and Photo software can do wonders with size and quality.
    The technology is there but I still have alot to learn about lighting, etc. when taking pictures.

    Eddie

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  9. Alan

    Alan Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    You are a clever thing, Eddie [​IMG] Most of that was over my head.

    Talking of lighting, I take my photos on 35mm, but flash is not good for model photos, especially N scale, where you need to get in close. Does anyone know the best way to light models on the layout for photography? Not too technical, please [​IMG]

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    The perfect combination - BNSF and N Scale!

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  10. ten87

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    I've learned a lot about the hobby and model railroad photography from Art Fahie's web pages http://members.aol.com/artfahie/backbench.html. As for photo lighting, Art's method is long exposures and moving the flood lamps during exposure to soften the shadows. That is why I mentioned the need for long exposures in my earlier posting.

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  11. Alan

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    Here are some pictures taken with a Mavica fd-91. The engine was about 1" from the camera and was taken outside in indirect light. In the second shot, the background was deleted (paintshop pro) and the sky picture added in the third. In the final picture (not here), I extended the ballast down.

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  13. Alan

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  14. Colonel

    Colonel Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    David those shots are great. I also like to use paintshop pro, how are you able to superimpose the clouds without touching the loco? I have used cut and paste but usually the rectangle or the freehand but colud not cut a shape so accurate

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  15. nscaler

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    You zoom in on a small section and cut out what you want. Work your way around the engine until everything you want is gone. Click on the black part with the mask tool on. Then on the top menu you will find "reverse" and then the "engine" becomes the mask(you may have to cut a very thin section out around the bottom and sides of the engine at the very edge). Then simply "copy" and "paste" over any picture you want. But save your original masked (#2) for different possible backgrounds. My web site has other samples including me climbing up the ladder of another engine. Look under "fun pictures".


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  16. mtaylor

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    <BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by nscaler:
    Here are some pictures taken with a Mavica fd-91. The engine was about 1" from the camera and was taken outside in indirect light. In the second shot, the background was deleted (paintshop pro) and the sky picture added in the third. In the final picture (not here), I extended the ballast down.

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    Isn't that almost like cheating? [​IMG]
     
  17. Danimal

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    Very cool photos! I had often wondered how these effects were produced as all my efforts failed. Looks like it's time to drag the old photoshop out again and give it another go!
     
  18. Gats

    Gats Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    Nice job, David. [​IMG]
     
  19. Gats

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    ok, I put together a page with 6 pics taken with the Nikon Coolpix 950. A bit of everything with 5 of them at 800x600 so it will take a little to download. Enjoy!

    Gary.
     
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