picture of IC Chips or Circuit Boards

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by Ohm, Feb 13, 2006.

  1. Ohm

    Ohm Guest


    I am trying to take some closeup pictures of Computer Printed Circuit
    Boards with the letters on the chips showing, I need it to catalog
    PCB's with what chip or manufacturer id or part#. I have used a SONY
    DSC F717 in "M"acro? "P"ortrait and the Flower Icon, but unfortunately
    the out come is either too dark when flash not used or washed out when
    flash is used. I am using the inbuid pop-up flash. Also I tried using
    with extra flurocent lighting, but not getting the result I expected.
    Also I tried a +10 Macro lens but no good. I see so many people using
    this SONY F717 to take macro picture, but no one has described how they
    set their camera to do that or what lighting they have used. Appreciate
    if someone can point me to instructions that are useful to take macro

    Thank you

    Ohm, Feb 13, 2006
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    Charles Guest

    Strong side lighting, try taking the project into the sun, as directly
    lighter as you can arrange without casting shadows on the parts. If
    that works, then you can set up with some artificial lights,
    incandescent probably the easiest to correct for color. flash is
    difficult because you can't see what's going to happen until after it
    does. A flash with tent lighting should work, but a bunch of
    incandescent bulbs would be easier to set up for low production.
    Charles, Feb 13, 2006
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    Scott W Guest

    Try a flatbed scanner, for most boards this works very well.

    Scott W, Feb 13, 2006
  4. If I were to do this, this is my proposed setup.

    Tripod for camera.

    Small easle, this to setup the module on.

    Desktop halogen lamp, this to illuminate the subject from the side, maybe 10
    or 15 watts max.

    Adjust physical light position so that you can see the lettering in the view

    You could try an LED flashlight as well.

    You could purchase a ring flash that goes around the outside of the lens,
    but this may be too expensive.

    Richard Tomkins, Feb 13, 2006
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    jimn Guest

    Time for my Nikon F with my 105 macro lens, a tripod and a softbox,
    Done deal. Shooting distance, 5 feet, full frame, done deal. I woul
    use my D70s if I had a suitable macro lens...but I haven't bought it yet.

    jimn, Feb 13, 2006
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    Lionel Guest

    This is the method I use too. It works very well, & is much easier than
    using a camera.
    Lionel, Feb 13, 2006
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