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Making Scaled models look real

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Old 17-01-14, 16:30
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Would anyone know where to start by getting scaled models to look as real as possible in the real world, without using photoshop special effects

Many thanks

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you will find a sample to show what I mean in my gallery - thanks
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Old 20-01-14, 23:00
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Hi Everyone

Would anyone know where to start by getting scaled models to look as real as possible in the real world, without using photoshop special effects

Many thanks

Steve
I suspect the major part of it is getting sufficient depth of field. DOF in macro tends to be VERY shallow, whilst in the normal world it's usually going to cover your whole scene reasonably well, the background can be a little out of focus but not hugely so.
If the models are large enough it's possible to keep far enough back that aperture can give enough DOF but I wouldn't expect it to be easy.

Careful use of tilted lenses can change the plane of focus and effectively boost your DOF (read up on the Scheimpflug principle - Cambridge in colour cover it fairly well IIRC). Tilt techniques are often used these days for making false minatures, but this wasn't their original use and they can be used to increase DOF. Unfortunately tilt lenses aren't cheap and this option won't be easy either.

Software options such as focus stacking & simple cloning between pictures will be easier, but probably all come under the umbrella of Photoshop effects.

If you do a good job with photographing it, people may assume it's just photoshopped
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Old 23-01-14, 15:14
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thanks for getting back to me, I managed to speak to the original photographer and although he wont tell me how he does these, he did admit that they are heavily Photoshopped. So thats fine with me, least I know and now I need to find a detailed scale model and thats my mission this weekend ha ha :-)
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