View Full Version : Lighting miniatures to fake scale

03-15-2008, 08:19 PM
Does anyone have any tips on how to light miniatures (eg real physical models, not CG ones) to give more of an impression of size?

03-15-2008, 11:52 PM
Try to get really deep DOF (use a very small aperture) so the DOF doesn't make them look small as often happens with macro shots. Add some extra smoke or atmosphere to the room, so you get more atmospheric perspective. If parts of the miniature move (water, fire, etc.) then film at high FPS, the slow-mo will make it look bigger. In terms of the lights themselves, find some photo reference of the full-sized thing of whatever sort, and try to study what happens with reflections, highlights, shadows, etc. in order to replicate that look. Tiny LEDs can sometimes look like light fixtures within a miniature model, or just tiny holes if there's a bigger light inside/behind it.


03-16-2008, 10:35 PM
There are some good articles on the Perry Miniatures website on how they set up their photoshoots.


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