Okay, so while working on this series of articles about photographing my minis I took a lot of pics in one evening for the article specifically. And, in my opinion, none of them were as good as the ones I usually take. Which sucks because I really thought I had it figured out and could help point some people in the right direction. My methods may still help you, but don't stick to exact parameters and expect same results. I did my usual thing exactly, but the difference being at night instead of in front of a window during the day as normal. Maybe this changed the way my lightbox works and the lack of light between lens and box or whatever. So, I guess my point is, sometimes I make what I think are pretty good pics and other times mediocre pics while doing the same thing with only slight variations in room lighting. I do the same thing almost every time with varying results every time. This still puzzles me and I am gonna come up with a real system that works every time the same. Until then, maybe this post will help with part of the puzzle.
This post is gonna show how much changing only the shutter speed can change the picture dramatically. Below are a series of pics that were all taken back to back changing only the shutter speed. I will note in the captions, some have been edited and altered to a suitable state of posting, but are still not what I like to get. I will not get into the numbered settings of my shutter speed as the same speed can take entirely different pics in different lighting conditions. My previous post shows some pics taken a while back using same methods that are much better in my opinion.
Taken with long shutter speed
Resized, cropped, lighting corrected version of above
Slightly shorter than above
Again slightly less than above
And another with less than above-getting closer
Resized, Cropped, Lighting corrected version of above-decent
Shorter still speed than above
Resized, Cropped, Lighting corrected version of above-probably best of night, but still color is off
As shutter speed increases, light decreases more
And shorter still speed and lighting darkens significantly
Well, maybe this little segment on shutter speed effects will help you in your own search of taking the perfect mini pic. I know I still have a lot to learn and will continue to look for new ways to be more consistent with taking better pics.
My next foray into better pics will involve working more with a macro function, but with manual settings. If this helps then I am gonna try to learn more about white balance settings and see if this will help even more.