Gentlemanly Wargaming now has its own camera

In the past I had relied on Mark’s wonderful camera ability for most of the pictures on this blog. However, I wanted to be able to take pictures of the solo games I played and some of the figures I had painted. The problem was that I had not owned a camera since I was about 12 years old and I don’t have a smart phone (I don’t have a cell phone at all, but that’s another story). I decided that I needed to remedy this problem. Yesterday I was reading about taking pictures of miniatures and at possible cameras. My wife informed me that she had a digital camera that she really didn’t use anymore and I could use it. It was a few years old, but since I know almost nothing about taking pictures, I felt that wouldn’t really matter as long as it had a decent macro mode. So these are some of my first attempts at photographing miniatures. Let’s see how they look once they get on the blog.

I started with some 15mm Blue Moon cowboys that I have painted (they still needed to be dullcoated).





Those seemed to turn out all right so I tried a 25mm Old Glory Mexican Revolution figure I had painted some time ago.



I then tried an extra 15mm American Revolution dragoon (Stone Mountain).


The above photo was raw with no automatic image correct. Looks all right.


The above photo was redone with the image auto correct function. I think it looks a little better.

Overall, the photos seemed decent enough for my first try so I’ll keep taking more pictures; even if they are not great, they do add to the content of the blog.

5 Responses to Gentlemanly Wargaming now has its own camera

  1. Bill Owen says:

    I realized that I never answered. The write-up came from a game in Belize which is my intermediate country. We return there occasionally. The minis arrived pretty discombobulated so on moving to Uruguay, I tried another packing approach which one could described Chevy Lot/Layer Cake. Worked much better.


  2. Mark says:

    The photos do look good. Now that he risk of my accidentally winning a game now outweighs my usefulness as a photographer, I hope I still get an occasional invitation to play.


    • jdglasco says:

      Mark, send me an e-mail about when you can play. I can do most of October except for the 17-18 weekend. I’m playing a big game of Piquet AWI to relearn the rules. So far it is going well and a lot of fun.


  3. Bill Owen says:

    The photos look great and even if they weren’t, bad photos are better than none at all. The auto-color correction can work wonders!

    I documented a whole multi-day battle in Great Battles of WWII with pictures that I took most turns. Part of what helped is that I wrote just a few words about each photos so I didn’t have to remember what were the salient points for that turn. Together the few words with the photo, I could dredge up enough memory to write up the turn later on. With that text/photos I made up a little e-booklet that helped explain the benefits of the GB “mini-campaign” approach:


    • jdglasco says:


      I have learned a lot in a few days about taking pictures of miniatures. The common wisdom I found about lighting was very true, more light really does help. I have a lot of light in my game room, but it is just enough, more would help. I did make a little photo area on my home office desk, and the use of a bright desk lamp really helped. As your game write-up shows, photos really do improve a discussion of a game or a set of rules in general.

      Did your 1/285th miniatures make it to South American with you or is that a write up of a game you played in Illinois?


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