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Model Railroading's Guide to Model Photography

 

Author:

Bruce Nall

Publisher:

Rocky Mountain Publishing, Inc.

Published:

1993

ISBN:

0-9612692-8-6

Pages:

64

Type:

softbound

Although dated, the core information in this book is very useful even with today's digital cameras. This book provides information very specific to photographing model railroad layouts. The larger focus is on how to take high-quality photos to accompany magazine articles. Below are all the topics discussed in each chapter.

Chapter

Page

Title / Description

1

4

Depth of Field
Camera-to-subject distance. Lens focal length. Aperture control. Where to focus. Length of exposure. Approximately-equivalent exposures.

2

7

Lens Selection
Normal lens, telephoto lens, wide-angle lens. Wide-angle distortion. Close focusing. Extension tubes, Supplementary close-up lenses. Macro zoom. Lens reversing.

3

11

Teleconverters
Teleconverter use. Depth-of-field examples.

4

14

Exposure
Exposure basics. Automatic cameras. Metering a scene. Gray cars. Exposure bracketing.

5

17

Picking an SLR for Model Photography
Invest in a camera system. The camera body. Automatic cameras. Available lenses. Close-up accessories.

6

19

Tripods
Hand-holding a camera. Types of tripods. Tripod use. Camera operation.

7

22

"Tungsten" Slide Films
Color temperature explained. Filters. Reciprocity failure. Exposure bracketing. Color shift. Fujichrome 64T. Ektachrome 64T. Ektachrome 160. Kodachrome 40

8

26

64T Slide Film Comparison
Comparing Fujichrome 64T and Ektachrome 64T.

9

28

Color Print Films
Tungsten lighting. Fluorescent lighting. Working with the lab. Reciprocity failure. Exposure bracketing.

10

30

Photographic Backgrounds
Layout backgrounds.

11

32

Lighting Equipment
Photofloods. Photoflood lighting fixtures. Quartz lighting. Quartz-lamp fixtures. Light stands and supports. Layout and model heating. Film and Light combinations. Existing layout lighting fixtures.

12

34

Lighting Techniques
Shadow control. Film limitations. Adding a second light. Differences in illumination.

13

37

Lighting Ratios
F-stop review. Measuring light. Light-meter readings. Gray cards. Shadow detail. Subject color. Film limitations.

14

39

Soft Light
Hard light. Soft light. Soft-light photofloods. Diffusion panels. Soft light mixed with hard light.

15

42

Fluorescent Lighting
Filters. Filter mounting. Examples. Color temperature. Color temperature meter. Filter table. Film types. Exposure compensation.

16

47

Outdoor Model Photography
Color of sunlight. Fill cards. Diffusion panels. Overcast days. Backgrounds.

17

49

Composition
The edge of the layout. Subject size. Camera and subject angles. The rule of thirds. Horizontal or vertical pictures? Lines and curves. Leading lines. Positioning subjects.

18

53

Pinhole Photography
Depth-of-field review. Examples.

19

55

Modifying a Lens for Pinhole Photography
Lens disassembly. Making the pinhole. Using the lens.

20

58

Commercial Photo Labs
Testing. E6. Color negative film. Prints from slides. Which lab to use (professional or amateur)?

21

60

The Layout Shoot
Layout photography. Minimum and optional photography equipment to bring to the layout shoot.

22

63

Summary
Review of the topics covered in the book as related to model photography.