Tips on shooting artwork???

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  1. DIRT

    DIRT TPF Noob!

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    I have a friend who wants me to shoot some stills of artwork he has done, Does anybody have any tips/websites for lighting this??? thanks in advance.
     
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    What's the size of the artwork, and are you shooting digital or film?

    The really professional way is to get a copy stand, but that's expensive. I use a music stand, the kind you find in most colleges (manhasset). I set up 2 shop lights, one on each side just out of view of the camera and blanket the artwork in as even a light as I can, put the camera on a tripod, use mirror lockup, and shoot at f/8, usually with a 50mm lens or longer. If you are shooting digital, do a custom white balance before hand by setting a piece of white matteboard on the stand. If you are shooting film, you'll need a color compensating filter, or tungsten balanced film to compensate.

    If you have an overcast day, you could take your setup outside and use natural light.
     
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    Dirt, baby! Where ya been? Happy New Year! :D

    So - how large is the artwork in question? My first answer is to use a copystand and shoot with tungsten slide film. You can either scan the slides yourself and print them out or have prints made from the slides.

    BUT - all that is said not knowing what kind of artwork you're talking about. ;)
     
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    Whats up terri? missed you. I have been busy with my family and havent really done much lately. The art is large so the copystand is no go, I am shooting digital (10d) and maybe a roll or two of slide per request. my main question is on the lighting setup but I figured it out now. thanks guys.
     
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    Glad you figured it out! Looks like Matt and I were busy repeating each other up there. :lol:

    Stop being busy with family & stuff, and get back here with some more IR shots! ;)
     
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    I will Promise you that I will get you some soon. my youngest daughter is just turning 1 and she is becoming a bit more easy. so I am getting around a bit more. but you got it Terri.
     

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