I think you’re being too hard on yourself, Mike. The camera can be brutal to minis, no question. Several times I’ve seen minis (my own work and others’) that look just splendid in hand, but in the photos they look a little patchy. Strange. But then, I think most of us have seen photos of our own selves and had that awful moment of, “God, do I really look like that?!”, so maybe it’s not so surprising.
Your figures and terrain are little works of art. I can’t imagine how good they must look in person.