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Offline CarLOS

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« on: April 27, 2005, 06:38:38 pm »
For those here with no scanner and using their digital cameras for their art, here's some tips....

1) Use a mirror.
Stick your art to your shirt, stand in front of the bathroom/bedroom mirror to take the pic. You effectively double the focal length without having to stand twice as far away and you'll have better focus, rather than a blurry image. The pic will be backwards, just flip it around with software.

2) Type of light.
The more natural, the better. Take the pic in the day with curtains open. If you can't wait, or have few windows, use warm-white flourescent lighting (as opposed to the cool-white, which makes pictures look green or blue) or halogen lighting. Avoid regular incandescent if possible.

3) Use the highest resolution possible.
Taking the pic at a high resolution, then resizing in software, will make things a lot easier, especially when it comes to contrast/brightness/color correction. You cannot enhance what is not there, so bigger is better.

4) Steady camera.
If you don't have a steady hand, use a tripod. Indoor digital photography may create shutter times as slow as 1/4 second. Few photographers have a freehand ability below 1/30 second.

5) To flash or not to.
Fill flash can help wonders, but can also bugger things up. Take a couple of test pics to see which is better. Some cameras have great flashes, some (like mine), suck. So, you'll just have to try it for yourself, especially if you use tip #1.

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« Reply #1 on: April 27, 2005, 07:14:59 pm »
hmm, some digital cameras dont need the trick of the mirror..
like my fuji finepix wich automatically can be set to "close" and "superclose" shots.

the rest of the tricks are interesting :O
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« Reply #2 on: April 29, 2005, 04:02:38 pm »
Good tips '<img'>. Can I add one?

2b) If you're not sure about the type of light and the whitebalance settings of your camera, put a bright white piece of paper next to the piece you're photographing. You can use the eyedropper tool of your favorite photomanipulation software to check the RGB value of the white area, and this should give you an indication of how to adjust the color curves. (E.g. if the eyedropper shows "250, 250, 200" at that point, you'll need to boost the blue somewhat. If you want to be precise: the point where the curve crosses the 200 line, you should rise it to 250.)
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« Reply #3 on: April 30, 2005, 02:27:56 am »
Quote (Nocte @ April 29 2005, 1:02 pm)
Good tips '<img'>. Can I add one?

2b) If you're not sure about the type of light and the whitebalance settings of your camera, put a bright white piece of paper next to the piece you're photographing. You can use the eyedropper tool of your favorite photomanipulation software to check the RGB value of the white area, and this should give you an indication of how to adjust the color curves. (E.g. if the eyedropper shows "250, 250, 200" at that point, you'll need to boost the blue somewhat. If you want to be precise: the point where the curve crosses the 200 line, you should rise it to 250.)

Thanks! '<img'>

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2c) Go to a photography store and spend $30 on a "Macbeth" chart - it'll help you color-balance *any* still '<img'>