A&P When you have 11tybillion photos to shoot of flat art

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  1. Jcolman

    Jcolman OT Supporter

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    You have to create a copy setup. Here's where I'll be for the next day or two. I may end up moving the whole rig to to pool table just to save my knees.

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    masterpiece quality non reflective glass on a piece of fresh foamcore. $95.00

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    Black felt so that the ceiling won't reflect in the art. Borrowed it from work.

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    Camera set at exactly 90 degrees to horizontal and measured with a level to ensure no distortion. 85mm lens on camera.

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    Pocket wizard taped to tripod leg and connected to camera remote switch. This is my camera trigger. Also, notes and shit to keep track of images along with wibal card when I was shooing my test shots.

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    Lights set at 45 degree angles and diffused with umbrellas. On pool table, meter, level, different tripod head (I wasn't sure which one I'd end up using) gaffer tape and other odds and ends.

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    first of 11tybillion classic photos, posters and 45's I have to shoot.

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  2. CornUponCob

    CornUponCob New Member

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    I hate photographing flat stuff.

    A while ago my Grandmother had her 100th birthday party and they wanted a slideshow of old photographs on my laptop. No scanner... I photographed every picture under a piece of glass with my flash (off camera, but hand held) feathering in from the side. What a pain in the ass. Had I been home (or had advanced warning they wanted me to do this) I would have brought a stand and umbrella and made it eleventy times easier on myself.
     
  3. Jcolman

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    I feel your pain.

    I spent a good hour just setting up, testing and whatnot to make sure everything would be good to go on this gig. The last thing I want to do is have to reshoot anything.
     
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    If you have a modicum of woodworking skills you can build a simple, yet effective, vacuum plate out of pegboard and a shop vac which could be mounted to a wall. It would make your life infinitely easier.
     
  5. Jcolman

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    That's not a bad idea, however I really don't want to spend the time/materials building it, nor would it work on the items that I have to shoot where I have to leave a white border around them. Also, I have quite a few items that are not totally flat to shoot. Ideally, I'd use a copy stand/camera on a motorized pole but this will work.
     
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    Fair enough.

    Can't you do the white borders in post? Maybe add some lens flare while you're at it? ;)
     
  7. Jcolman

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    Too much work. I'd rather run a Kubota "prettizer" action instead.



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    This is actually a subtle brag thread about your gear, isn't it? :rofl:
     
  9. Jcolman

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    Naw, if I wanted to make a subtle brag thread I would at least include a shot of my camera bag with my 9 lenses and three bodies...oh wait....one of them is on the tripod.





    Nevermind.














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    subtle bragging thread
     
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    wow even got the catch light in elvis's eyes

    lol jk
     
  12. mojito

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    a macro lens can make for a flatter plane of focus for this work

    and I'd agree wit chimpo, whenever I do copy work I mount it to a wall
     
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    the final product looks pretty good
     
  14. Jcolman

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    How so? I've got a 90mm macro and it seems to produce the same results as my 85 from this distance.
     
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    2 ways
    macro lenses have a 50/50 DOF split, non macro have 1/3 in front, 2/3 behind
    the actual plane of focus is squared, where as non macro lenses tend to have a more rounded plane to the corners

    but whatever works :hs:
     
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    someonenew He's Dangerous

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    is that the Studio Max III lights? 320's?
     
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    :cool: I didn't know that. :bigthumb: I leave a lot of room around the edges anyway in my frame so I'm just using the center plane.
     
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    One of them is. The other is the 160. I've also got two of the bigger 600's or whatever they're rated. Too lazy to go look.
     
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    someonenew He's Dangerous

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    cool...I was looking at those because another friend has them, but went with the PL1250's instead :o.
     
  20. Wobistdu

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    Mr Jcolman, us noobs appreciate you always posting this stuff on here. It's very cool to see all the unique stuff you do.
     
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    why not just scan them?
     
  22. Jcolman

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    One would have to have a scanner to do that. Besides, there are a few items that can't be scanned or are too large.

    But you're right. Most of the photos could be scanned.
     
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    Thank you. That's why I post this stuff.
     

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