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  1. If you're limited to outdoor shooting, make sure you film on an overcast day. If you have a single lightsource (the sun, in this case) you'll get very bright, sharp highlights, and the rest of the model will fade in pure blackness. Also, you don't need any "special lights" for most photography jobs. I usually make do with one or two desk lamps. I don't aim them at the model itself, but I point them at a white wall or white piece of paper. That way, you get light that's more distributed and even. Or, if you want to go absolutely hog-wild: The way I made these: 1. Get a fully darkened room. 2. put your model on a dark background. 3. Put your camera on a tripod, and make sure it ABSOLUTELY CAN NOT MOVE. 4. Use a single light source, and light your model from an interesting angle. As said before, you can also reflect light off a piece of paper to get a more diffuse effect. 5. Take a picture, and repeat steps 4 and 5 until you have a metric arseload of pictures. Since you're photographing a static model on a tripod, you can use very long exposure times if you want. Sometimes I use a single LED with an exposure time of 15 seconds. Whatever works. 6. Use photoshop to blend all the different pictures together. You'll have to use the photoshop levels or curves commands to get rid of anything but the highlights in the pictures you take. Put each different picture on a separate layer, and set their blending modes to "screen". This means only the highlights of each picture will show through. 7. (optional) Especially with black models, you can easily color each layer with photoshop (image>adjust>hue/saturation) to get some interesting effects.
  2. Very impressive.
  3. Wrong. If it's not posted under a creative commons license (or something like it) it's owned by the video creator, and you legally can't do anything with it unless you have permission of the owner. Of course, this being the internet, nobody seems to give a flying fadoodle about that.
  4. One thing that I think is often overlooked: Film from the perspective of the model. Put your camera at the eye level of how someone in real life would look at the real thing. If you want to exagerrate, put it even lower, so your model looks really imposing. To illustrate: This looks like a little toy: This looks better: And this looks imposing: Also, camera vehicles are my thing. A shot in motion can look so much better. In the video below, starting at 1:00, you can see some of the moving camera vehicles I've been using: Pictures of them can be found here: Now, often these can take quite a bit of time and effort to build. Also, you'll need to work around the specific camera you'll be using. (Pro tip: use rubber bands to attach your camera. Easy and solid fit guaranteed!) However, they give an amazing effect.
  5. Very well done. Love how you got all the functionality in this relatively small scale.
  6. For those who are interested; the inside of my vehicle:
  7. Rules: Every vehicle is powered with a standard AA batterybox and a single medium motor. Length or width shouldn't exceed 16 studs. Prizes are awarded for prettyness, originality, best crash, and fastest speed. In that order. Prizes in this case were won by eti, lucrichters, koffiemoc, and trijntje, In that order. Adapt rules as needed.
  8. Great model, I love all the functional details you've put into it. The rotating flashing lights are a great touch. Can you maybe take a picture of Judy Hopps inside the vehicle?
  9. Love the periscope with the printed tile.
  10. Good to hear from you again, the new model looks promising! Also, best of luck with the new job!
  11. New video works like a charm. I really like the build. Shame to hear about the compressor, pneumatics can be finicky like that.
  12. I can't really comment on wether rebuilding it would be an advantage in this situation, but on the whole I've found that rebuilding something over and over and over again is an intrinsic part of building with Technic. It's something I've grudgingly come to terms with.