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| October 30, 2009, 4:41 pm
Quoting Dave Shaddix
Just be chill and remember ...The Dude abides.


Mmmmmm.....Kaluha!! White Russians on Dave....AKA the Dude!!

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| November 7, 2009, 11:40 pm
Since I don't think Eylar is a member here, I'll ask here: how, on the whole, would you reccomend getting good, bright, clear pictures without the flash or expensive lighting?

Of course, I realize natural light is ideal, but it's nice to have alternatives
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| November 7, 2009, 11:43 pm
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Quoting Areetsa C
Of course, I realize natural light is ideal, but it's nice to have alternatives


I'm actually logging off in a couple of minutes, but remind me tomorrow and I'll help you out. I don't use expesive lighting OR natural lite. Hit me up and I'll help you out.

Good night mocpages... Stay out of trouble and not start any holy wars till I get back...
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| November 7, 2009, 11:46 pm
Quoting Dave Shaddix
I got this.


I'm hopped up on booze, and have been dealing with 4 wound up brats all day long....I got your 6.

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| November 7, 2009, 11:51 pm
Quoting Dave Shaddix
1: Natural light is key, do your photography near a large window ...make sure that the sun is NOT shining directly through it though.


I can probably get hold of a card table to make use of the big window in the side of the room, this'll probably be very useful.

I presume the comment about the direct sunlight is because the bright light and dark shadows can cause problems if the moc isn't set up specifically with direct sunlight in mind?

Quoting Dave Shaddix
2: If you have a large overhead fluorescent light, turn it on too.


N/A, incandescent only.

Quoting Dave Shaddix
3: Get a couple of desk lamps too, use them to light more directly but from different angles. Be sure not to put the light source too close to the build. Be aware of your shadows, distance will help the light diffuse.


I have a desklamp, yes.

Quoting Dave Shaddix
4: Sometimes a flashlight can be used for a spotlight effect


Never needed an effect like that, but I can see where it could be useful.

Quoting Dave Shaddix
5: watch the glare from the bulbs on the bricks, move the lights, the MOC or the camera as needed.


Well, I've never been able to get the lighting bright enough for that to be a problem, but I'll keep it in mind.

Quoting Dave Shaddix
6: Experiment with it, just because you take a picture doesnt mean that you need to post it, for every picture I post, I delete about ten.


That's actually probably a good idea.

Quoting Dave Shaddix
7: Set your camera to its macro mode ...usually has a flower on it. This is designed to focus on objects within 24 inches of the lens. The flash wont pop out if you do this..


Yup, got that. Known about it for a while, though the camera I have has seperate macro and flash on/flash off/flash always on buttons.

Quoting Dave Shaddix
8: Buy a tripod, this will cut down on jitter and blur. Or rest your hand on something as you snap the photo. Also, play with the timer, especially with the tripod.


I know about the tripod, had one for ages, but the timer I'm not so sure about.

Do you mean the ISO or shutter speed or whatever it's called, or timer where you press the button and ten seconds later it goes off?

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9: Watch your background... get some $.49 posterboard at the supermarket.


Hmm.. Dunno about posterboard, but I've got some decent glossy card on hand.

Quoting Dave Shaddix
I hope it helps, feel free to ask more.


Yep, thanks for all that.
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| November 8, 2009, 12:12 am
Quoting Dave Shaddix

There are a few things to do here (listed in no particular order)

1: Natural light is key, do your photography near a large window ...make sure that the sun is NOT shining directly through it though.

2: If you have a large overhead fluorescent light, turn it on too.

3: Get a couple of desk lamps too, use them to light more directly but from different angles. Be sure not to put the light source too close to the build. Be aware of your shadows, distance will help the light diffuse.

4: Sometimes a flashlight can be used for a spotlight effect

5: watch the glare from the bulbs on the bricks, move the lights, the MOC or the camera as needed.

6: Experiment with it, just because you take a picture doesnt mean that you need to post it, for every picture I post, I delete about ten.

7: Set your camera to its macro mode ...usually has a flower on it. This is designed to focus on objects within 24 inches of the lens. The flash wont pop out if you do this..

8: Buy a tripod, this will cut down on jitter and blur. Or rest your hand on something as you snap the photo. Also, play with the timer, especially with the tripod.

9: Watch your background... get some $.49 posterboard at the supermarket.

There are some tutorials out there. Eylar has one on his page, there is also one on TBB.

I hope it helps, feel free to ask more.


Wow thats very helpful. I don't have many problems with lighting but you've given me some new ideas.... Thanks Dave!
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| November 8, 2009, 8:43 am
Quoting Dave Shaddix

7: Set your camera to its macro mode ...usually has a flower on it. This is designed to focus on objects within 24 inches of the lens. The flash wont pop out if you do this..

Hey, what camera do you use? Because I'm pretty sure my flash pops up... Maybe it's because I usually don't have all this lighting like in the tips?
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| November 8, 2009, 8:46 am
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Areetsa, I've got one other suggestion to throw in with Dave's batch (which were some really good tips!)...

If you find you're having problems with your shadows being too dark and not enough detail coming out, you can use white paper or boards just outside of the camera frame to reflect light onto the areas that need a little help. This will even out your lighting, and bring out details in the shadow areas.

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| November 8, 2009, 3:03 pm
Quoting Mark Kelso
Areetsa, I've got one other suggestion to throw in with Dave's batch (which were some really good tips!)...

If you find you're having problems with your shadows being too dark and not enough detail coming out, you can use white paper or boards just outside of the camera frame to reflect light onto the areas that need a little help. This will even out your lighting, and bring out details in the shadow areas.


That should be handy. Thanks for that also.
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| November 8, 2009, 3:57 pm
Quoting Architect of Vonthako

We Russians don't typically come in many other colors...


Well, there's Red Russians...
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| November 8, 2009, 7:50 pm
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Quoting Architect of Vonthako

Ye knights of the sacred orders shall descend like a mighty hammer upon the heathens that plague the terra sanctorum, for so decreeth his holiness, the Pope!


Sorry, let me rephrase that... set the way back machine for 1293.
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| November 8, 2009, 7:51 pm
If you're using a desklamp, a sheet of unlined paper in front of (close, but not on the bulb -- don't want to start a fire) can act as a defuser to help scatter/eliminate glare.
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| November 8, 2009, 8:01 pm
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Quoting Architect of Vonthako

Uhhh... so, yeah, Dave? I'm still awaiting your answer on this one...


Let it go dude...
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| November 12, 2009, 4:50 pm
Quoting Dave Shaddix

tracing paper. or like Eylar does, build a structure with the sole purpose of casting shadows, place it in front of the light source.

Tracing paper is good, but sometimes still lets too much "beam" through. Play around with various techniques until your shot is how you want it.
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| November 12, 2009, 4:56 pm
My two cents' worth: building alone will get you in the door, but it won't get you in the room. I didn't become a part of the community by just building things. I spoke up, like many of you do in these threads. My fellow Meebo compatriots know: I was quiet once I got the invite, but I made the occasional jokes, comments, or contributions. It was the only way I knew how to join the dialogue.

No one will rise through the ranks through building talent alone, so in my opinion you shouldn't focus solely on LEGO and disregard the social element until one of the higher-ups offers you a golden ticket. You've got to make yourself known, sure, but more importantly you've got to make yourself *respected*. No one can do that by building the biggest castle or the smoothest ship. You've got to talk the talk, too, and there lies the issue.

The problem with this way of the world is that it paves the way for a lot of comments from those who don't have the social savvy to navigate the community and gain friends along the way. There are the bad commenters, the spammers, the needlessly overeager and the oblivious undeserving. But to those who wish, for any reason, to rise to the level of the MOCpages titans, I offer this: if you're friendly but not overbearing, clever but not smarmy, and talented but still humble, you'll get the recognition you deserve. You don't have to pursue it; it'll come in time.
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| November 13, 2009, 5:31 pm
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Quoting Alex Eylar
My two cents... But to those who wish, for any reason, to rise to the level of the MOCpages titans, I offer this: if you're friendly but not overbearing, clever but not smarmy, and talented but still humble, you'll get the recognition you deserve. You don't have to pursue it; it'll come in time.


Amen brother. Amen.

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| November 13, 2009, 5:39 pm
Quoting Dave Shaddix

Well said indeed Alex. Build well and be yourself, don't try too hard to fit in, because you won't. Just relax, enjoy the ride and remember its all about the journey, not the destination. ...so quit running! (your mouths)


And that is why I don't bother to try and fit in at all. And yes, it's about the (great) journey. Which is why I'm chilling proper, making usless comments, forming my own personality cult, and generally being a socially lifeless awesome person. If you run, you're gonna be tired, and you might fall and break your legs, which would really be bad (which means, if you rush to MOCpages-Valar status, you're going to be drained, and you might go mad and end up at the bottom again). I hope that makes some sense...

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| November 13, 2009, 7:04 pm
I don't wish to dissuade anyone from speaking up. I say: go ahead, say what you want, make jokes and make comments, because if they work, they work well. If they don't, you'll find that out, but if they do, then you've made the first step. If you can make someone laugh, you're on the right track. More often than not, to be liked, you don't have to be insightful, you don't have to have be profound, you just have to be funny. It'll always be a strong base to build relationships upon.

If there's any doubt that you lose the incentive to make jokes for the sake of making jokes once you get "accepted" by the community, I suggest you look at this link:

http://www.flickr.com/groups/lego16plus/discuss/
72157622313566637/page3/#comment72157622602472802

Standing up and making jokes for no reason isn't a stepping stone to something grander. It's not a sign of trying too hard to fit in. It's just fun for the sake of fun: the MOCpages tao.

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| November 13, 2009, 7:09 pm
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Hey, I've got a silly idea... how bout we use this group for LEGO and MOCpages advice like it was intended for?
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| November 14, 2009, 4:20 pm
Quoting Dave Shaddix
As of this post, there are 43 posts in this thread. Ten are from you, Architect and seven are from others responding to you. One of yours is even you quoting yourself. Not one of these posts I mentioned had anything to do with advice or help, it was all spam. In other words, you are directly responsible for about one quarter of the posts in this thread ...and most of it, spam.

Enjoy yourself, express yourself, but remember that this group is called 'MOCpages Advice' and we all have OUR OWN threads. A little cross contamination is expected and awesome, but don't go overboard.

And for cryin' out loud, don't go asking me what you did wrong or why I don't like you. Don't post it here or on my MOCs... That's why your posts disappeared. ITS SPAM. We're cool, just slow your roll.

And besides, that rug really did tie the room together.


Can you give me advice to make a vignette store as yours are very nice?
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| November 18, 2009, 7:17 pm
Quoting Dave Shaddix

Thank you Erik. I always start with a small detail and build around it. Make the most challenging elements of the MOC first, then set the scene.

I'm making a vignette. It's 'outside' and there's a door leading into a house or something... Do you have any suggestions as what I could use as a wall (besides bricks stacked on top of each other)?
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| November 18, 2009, 8:42 pm
Quoting Dave Shaddix
I just wanted to ask a general question...

WHY would anyone take someone else's MOC, steal it, and represent it as their own like how Ryan Galli did here: http://mocpages.com/moc.php/163884

Compared with his other creations this is actually ...good. The rest of it is well "poor building plagued by bad photography".

I have no sympathy, no filter and no reason to spare the feelings of people (and I use the term loosely) who sink to this level.


Probably because they're brain-dead and can't think of any else.

When I'm brain-dead I read a Star Wars book and then make what my imagination tells me.

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| November 18, 2009, 8:50 pm
Quoting Dave Shaddix

...?
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| November 18, 2009, 9:22 pm
Quoting Dave Shaddix

I would use bricks, either 1x2 or 2x2. Make sure that they are coursed like masonry would be (staggered) and blend the color slightly (so if you are using brown, mix up brown and reddish brown ...light grey and light bluish-grey).

Avoid large expanses of brick, I mean, add architectural details in. This could mean a window trim or some sort of a facade. Don't forget the features that you may find outside, like an alarm bell, a water spigot, or something like that. ...Just don't make it TOO busy.

Start with the small stuff first, build that little detail and let the rest of the MOC grow around it.

I hope that helps.

Thank you very much! That helps a lot. I just hope I have enough bricks. :) Some of them are probably a bit discolored since they're old, but that would look good, right?

One other question. I always get mixed up between yours and Wes Pitter's buddy icons. Is that on purpose? :P
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| November 19, 2009, 11:54 am
Quoting Dave Shaddix

Hey, I'm glad to help! Remember that as far as the brick size goes, uniformity is good. Let the colors vary though ...slightly. It gives it a realistic, worn feel.

When you are all done with it, let the MOC sit for a day before taking your pics. Look at it, be happy with what you did. Then take the pics, but look at them for a day or so too before you post them. Be critical. Look for connections that didn't quite go all the way, press em together. Look for dust, hair, carpet fibers, stuff like that in the photos too. A good 80% of what you see on MOCpages are built and posted in haste, the ones that aren't really stand out. That is probably the best piece of advice I can give right there.

As far as the icons, I'll have to look at Pitter's. I haven't changed mine in a long time. That photo is of my youngest son and I last year at the grand opening of the LEGO Store here in Chandler, AZ. So no, its not intentional.

Thanks again!

I can see now why you guys are smiling a lot. :D
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| November 19, 2009, 12:09 pm
Morning Dave,

They have a Lego store in Chandler? Where is it located? My parents live in Mesa and will be visiting them in December, would love to swing by a Lego store as the one up here in the SF Bay Area closed. - Thanks. - Sorry, just hit me that I can look it up online. Good tips about the photos by the way, I have found dust etc in mine after I posted them.
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| November 19, 2009, 12:24 pm
Quoting Dave Shaddix

Bones, its at the Chandler Mall, near Mesa. If you are in town on the third Sat of the month, you should go to our LUG meeting. ...we're an over 18 group, so you're good!

Chandler Mall, thanks. I will be there the 11th to the 14th, which is a shame as I would love to attend. I visit them periodically (they are getting up there in years) so I will try to schedule a trip around the 3rd Saturday. Thanks for the invite.
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| November 19, 2009, 12:31 pm
Dave, can you give me the pros and cons of my Kirk Kristiansen Memorial Stadium before I buy it?
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| December 27, 2009, 12:57 am
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