Good lighting is essential for photography of models. First off, we need to see what it is you are taking a shot of. Secondly, the colours need to be correctly represented by using a neutral light. This is why your average light bulb is useless. The 'energy savers' we have to use in the UK emit a dull yellow tone, which is not bright enough, and often distorts the picture by adding an orange glow or tone (as above); thus ruining the colours and the quality of the image.
To solve this, I went on a quest, taking me many long hours, to find a suitable lamp; the end result was this. It is an LED lamp, purchased for the low low price of £7.50 (GBP). It clips to any flat surface, ideal for any ordinary desk, and it has a flexible neck-stand-thing. The key feature of interest if the light it produces. It gives off a soft white tone.
|As you can see, the camera is more interested in|
my green templates rather than the much cooler dark magos
|An unsteady hand can ruin a potentially good shot.|
Getting a tripod is a good solution. Some camera have holes in which a tripod can be screwed on, whilst some can simply sit on a stand. If you can't get a tripod, even a makeshift stand made from piles on books can help. Blu-tac and other objects can help create an angle if you need one. Also think about using the timer feature on your camera.
So there you go, hopefully your pictures will be clearer, sharper, and give us on the other side of the internet the chance to work out what it is.