My Library - Magazine Articles By Category: Photography & Videography

'Round Town with Roy

Magazine:
The Marker Lamp Vol 61 #4 2016
Page:
47
Author:
Roy Stockard
Scale:
multi
Description:
The author shares a couple of photos he took at an HO and an HOn3 layout.

28th Annual Photo Contest Winners

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2005-03
Page:
110
Description:
Photos of the winners are shown, including Mike Schwab's Sn3 San Lorenzo Southern layout.

A Portable, Lightweight, and Inexpensive Photo Stand

Magazine:
N-Scale 1999-09/10
Page:
34
Author:
Mike Langford
Description:
Using foamcore, poster board, and pushpins with some glue is all you need to build a nice photo stand.

A View From The Train

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2002-09
Page:
48
Author:
Wayne Wesolowski
Description:
Photographing from within a moving train in Illinois.

ABCs of Model Railroad Photography

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1987-09
Page:
64
Author:
Jim Kelly
Description:
This article provides the basic information needed to set up for photographing a diorama or layout.

Basics of Layout Photography

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch Volume 38, Number 1, February 2014
Page:
15
Author:
Brooks Stover
Description:
The author wrote a 30-page document for Model Railroader magazine called "Model Railroader's Guide to Digital Photography". The document is available on the NASG web site for free (see link). In this article, he describes the selection of a camera, lighting, and the 14-steps to taking a good photograph. (related web page)

Better Layout Photos

Magazine:
N-Scale 2005-07/08
Page:
34
Author:
Robert L. Hundman
Description:
An overview of photography, and many example photos of what is good and what is wrong with the photos, as it applies to model photography.

Better Layout Videos

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2006-03
Page:
56
Author:
Todd Brown
Description:
This article covers video taping your layout. It discusses essential gear, dealing with location and lighting, setting your white balance, exposure control, and has two side bars on using today's small video players to show off your layout, and video editing tips and tricks.

Digital Background Painting for Model Photography

Magazine:
Model Railroad Hobbyist 2017-01
Page:
118
Author:
Peter Vassallo
Description:
How to edit photos so that a digital backdrop can be inserted to make a photo more realistic.

Digital Cameras and Road Trips

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2012-09
Page:
73
Author:
Bob Walker
Description:
Bob uses his camera to photograph the models he is building, taking "snap shots" of his own layout (as a memory for when it is later gone), and, of course, photographing the prototype for modeling purpose. Although not necessarily a second hobby, Bob recommends keeping a camera around at all times.

Digital Photography for Model Railroaders

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2003-04
Page:
73
Author:
John Edwards
Description:
Describes the (then) current state of digital cameras, and includes quite a bit of information about the basics of photography, such as depth-of-field, lenses, white balance, and how to manipulate digital photos after they have been copied to the computer.

Imaginative Model Railroad Video Tools and Techniques for "First Timers"

Magazine:
Model Railroad Hobbyist 2016-04
Page:
58
Author:
Rob Clark
Description:
How to make layout videos having little or no experience. The author covers equipment and techniques, as well as software needed to edit the videos. The article includes a sidebar and photography terms.

In a Different Light

Magazine:
O Scale Trains Magazine 02 May 2002
Page:
4
Description:
Describes the photography of K. Jeb Kriigel. He specializes in photographing all model railroad scale scenes, but adds the touch of using smoke, fog, lighting, and steam. Includes many of his photographs, and tips on how to set up for great photographs.

It's a Styrofoam Sky!

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1991-03
Page:
131
Author:
Lou Sassi
Description:
Using a piece of blue styrofoam insulation board as a quick-n-dirty sky background for photographing dioramas or models. Clouds are optional.

Model Photography 3

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2002-08
Page:
112
Author:
Bill Schaumburg
Description:
Lighting of both models and layout. Exposure and composition.

Model Photography Part 1

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch Volume 12, Number 2, April 1989
Page:
9
Author:
Bob Werre
Scale:
S
Description:
This is the first of a series on how to do quality model photography, ready for the print press. It covers the equipment needed. Several set-ups are shown in the accompanying photos.

Model Photography Part 2

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch Volume 12, Number 3, June 1989
Page:
22
Author:
Bob Werre
Scale:
S
Description:
This installment covers how to select your film, lighting, and equipment setup.

Model Photography with Helicon Focus Depth of Field Software

Magazine:
The Keystone Modeler 37 August 2006
Page:
13
Author:
Douglas Nelson
Scale:
N
Description:
The author describes the use of the software and includes several photos that compare results, including how to add smoke to a scale steam engine.

Model Railroad Color Photography

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1977-12
Page:
116
Author:
Jim Hediger
Description:
How to set up the camera and the lighting to take good model color photos.

Model Railroad Photography

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1984-09
Page:
93
Author:
Malcolm Furlow
Description:
The author covers all the steps he takes to take good layout and model photographs. Even though this was a pre-digital age article, the basics of set-up and lighting still apply.

Modeling with Photo Prints

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1986-02
Page:
84
Author:
Stafford Swain
Description:
Two articles are contained within this one showing how to use photo prints as background images for a layout.

Photographic Backdrops

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2015-07
Page:
72
Author:
Jon Fruth
Description:
The author shares his techniques for photographing his own backdrops, printing them to scale to match his layout, and installing them.

Photographic Techniques with Helicon Focus

Magazine:
Model Railroading 2006-01
Page:
36
Author:
Rich Yourstone
Description:
The author uses the Helicon Focus software product to create some stunning photos of his N-scale layout. Incredible depth of field.

Photographic techniques with Helicon Focus

Magazine:
N Scale Railroading 2006-01/02
Page:
35
Author:
Rich Yourstone
Scale:
N
Description:
Using this software application to compose one image from several images taken at different fields-of-depth, so that the final result is an image where the whole subject is completely in focus.

Photographing Models for Articles

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2009-11
Page:
76
Author:
Tom Troughton
Description:
This informative article describes how photograph model railroad models, how to build a stand for creating effective backdrops, using the correct lights and lenses, taking outdoor photos, and the interesting work it takes to take photos while a model is under construction.

Photography 101

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2002-09
Page:
96
Author:
Lionel Strang
Description:
Choosing a camera, lenses, tungsten film, lighting, composition, depth of field, and bracketing. Includes digital photography tips with minimum requirements for MR publication.

Pinhole Photography

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1986-09
Page:
91
Author:
Michael Tylick
Description:
After the author describes why you want to use a pinhole, he describes how he built one for his camera.

Realistic Looking Model Photography

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2008-09
Page:
44
Author:
Al Askerberg
Description:
The author shares his tips on how to make model scenes appear real in photos.

Reference Photo

Magazine:
N-Scale 2002-11/12
Page:
60
Author:
Adam Pizante
Description:
Feather River canyon photograph

S Tracks

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch Volume 35, Number 5, October 2011
Page:
20
Author:
Sam Powell
Scale:
S
Description:
The author's layout models the Pittsburgh area, but he had never actually been there in person. A trip with camera in hand allowed him to better model the area.

Scaling Plans from Photos

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1996-11
Page:
82
Author:
Don Mayo
Description:
Through several diagrams, using a real photo, the author shows how he determines the main dimensions of a structure.

Sunlight Warm Up Your Shots

Magazine:
N-Scale 2005-11/12
Page:
46
Author:
Ron Bearden
Description:
Two photos showing the difference between indoor and outdoor photography of an engine.

Taking Sky Backdrops to the Next Level

Magazine:
Model Railroad Hobbyist 2017-01
Page:
122
Author:
various authors
Description:
Building on the previous article, the MRH staff shows how to edit photos and bring in external background photos.

That's a Wrap

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2002-08
Page:
70
Author:
Joe Morrison
Description:
The story of Allen Keller's video taping of the Franklin & South Manchester session # 3.

The Camera Never Lies

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1997-01
Page:
75
Author:
Don Spiro
Scale:
HO
Description:
Several ideas on improving models: weathering trucks and wheels, adding lots of people to scenes, adding lots of vehicles, making sure that structures are embedded in the scene, how to deal with the edge of the layout in photos, and several other tips.

The Digital Darkroom

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1996-10
Page:
78
Author:
Art Cominio
Description:
The author describes how he managed to get a photo of himself in a photo of his model railroad using a computer and Photoshop.

Tips on Photographing Your Model Railroad

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2006-02
Page:
56
Author:
Fred Lagno
Description:
The author discusses using a fog machine to hide backdrop edges and transition. Several "right" and "wrong" photographs are shown as examples of the topic discussed.

Trackside Photos

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1987-07
Page:
83
Scale:
S
Description:
Photos of Stan Stokrocki's S-scale layout which feature kitbashed HO-scale industrial buildings.

Using Photoshop Elements® for Model Railroading

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2008-01
Page:
63
Author:
Jack Burgess
Description:
The article describes how the author scanned an prototype photo, and enhanced its sharpness to be able to better distinguish details about the scene. Brightening up a photo can bring out details that otherwise might be lost to the eye. How also shows how to make a realistic "Bad Order" sheet.

Yes, It's a Model

Magazine:
Model Railroad Hobbyist 2016-11
Page:
89
Author:
various authors
Description:
Various model photos that look like the real thing.

Your Models on Film

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch Volume 15, Number 5, October 1992
Page:
24
Author:
Mike Palmiter
Scale:
S
Description:
The new editor of the Dispatch appeals to the audience to send in more photos of their layouts, and how to go about doing so.