Any good tips for photographing artwork?

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by BillyB, Nov 8, 2004.

  1. BillyB

    BillyB Guest

    Any good tips for photographing art work?
    I've started a collection of street art and graffiti from around Bristol,
    I think I get better representation of the art by standing back and zooming
    This reduces the destortion and produces a flatter looking image. This,
    however, introduces camera shake. I've started using a cheap tripod and the
    timer feature. (Its a digital camera with no cable release!!! Aaaaah!) The
    camera wobles about but apears to settle down by the time its reached 10s.
    Its a "cheap" camera (Finepix S5000) which bosts 10X zoom. Am I pushing the
    lens to its limits if I zoom that much. Do I get an improvment in quality
    (due to the lens) if I zoom less? Do I get an improvment in quality if I
    wind up the fstop. This would rely less on the lens being good. I'm I
    wasting my time because other factors effect the quality? (Its a sudo 6M
    image being saved to the card.)

    I take bracketed photos. (I think its over a stop above/bellow). The
    "normal" one usually gives the best looking photo. However the darker one
    has richer colors and is less washed out, but is a bit dark. Which would you
    recomend I use? Should I take the darker one and fiddle with the levels?
    What happens about screen calibration and then taking prints from the
    images? What experiance do people have of "looking good on screen, yet not
    very good prints and vice versa?

    Blah blah ....

    Blah blah ....

    I think thats enough for now.

    Ta BB.
    BillyB, Nov 8, 2004
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  2. If you have a 10x zoom lens, you will find that there is substantial
    pincushion distortion at one end of the range and substantial barrel
    distortion at the other end. In between is a point of no distortion. With
    a 10x zoom, it is probably not halfway along the range... it is probably 2x
    or 3x up from the widest point.

    Your lens is probably sharpest at about f/8.

    Bracket exposures. Note that a picture may appear too light on your LCD
    preview and actually be just right.

    Lighting is critical, but if you are working outdoors, you may not have much
    control. Overcast skies (common in the UK) are very helpful.

    Clear skies,

    Michael A. Covington
    Author, Astrophotography for the Amateur
    Michael A. Covington, Nov 8, 2004
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  3. BillyB

    Ed Guest

    I shoot up close and then use the skew and distortion controls in Photoshop
    to "Square-up" the picture.
    Ed, Nov 8, 2004
  4. Are you talking in general, or do you know something specific about the OP's
    camera? If it's the former, then all I can say is other people have suggested
    that f/5.6 would be best for the sharpest photos based on tests they've done.
    =?ISO-8859-1?Q?BenOne=A9?=, Nov 8, 2004
  5. I wouldn't bother saving as 6M - reviews I read said that there was no
    discernable difference in quality between the 3MP setting and the 6MP setting
    (ie no extra detail) - so you'll just end up using more memory.

    I agree with your procedure except I would place myself at such a distance that
    I only needed to use about a third to a half of the available optical zoom
    because you get distortion at full wide angle and full zoom.
    =?ISO-8859-1?Q?BenOne=A9?=, Nov 8, 2004
  6. BillyB

    BillyB Guest

    Ta very much for all responces so far. It looks like there are "optimal"
    setting for what I want to do. I'll try these out and see how I get on.
    I have found that photographing things with a stong colour upsets the White
    Balance. I tend to set the WB manually in these cases. I've found that
    sometimes I can get good results with flash. Even in daylight. However
    sometimes it reflect of the background or the artwork. I often take one of
    each and deside later which ones to keep.

    Ta very much. BillyB.
    BillyB, Nov 9, 2004
  7. You will get better results if you photograph your subjects in the
    garden as you will get fewer reflections -flash is bad news (as is
    rain! :)
    eric phillips
    eric phillips, Nov 10, 2004
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