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    How to take a digital picture of a poster/painting?

    Iíve seen some great photos in my short time reading TD, especially the old up skirts, temple shots, and those of the recently deceased in Pattaya. Anyway Iíve had a prick of a day trying to work out the best way to take a good digital photo of a poster (Iím talking about a paper poster one sticks up on a wall and not the online type) and really hoping that someone around here can help me out.

    The posters are about 1x0.8m. First I stuck one up on the wall and took a few spots. Friggin dark and bright spots all over the photos due to the flash. Then I took it outside so I didnít need the flash - feckin worse. Then I borrowed a flood light from the local karaoke joint for artificial light - crap.

    Iíve come to the conclusion that I have no friggin idea. I have over 100 posters that I need good quality digital photos of and I pretty sure it would be cheaper to buy any lights/other equipment I may need to do this myself rather than leaving it in the hands of some Thai company that would likely feck it up anyway.

    So has anyone successfully taken a good quality photo of a poster/painting before? If so, how the feck did you do it? The camera Iím using is a good 8MP Nikon with all the options, but the problem seems to be getting the lighting right and not the camera Ė the fluorescent lights scattered through my house donít seem to be helping much either. Any advice about how to get the lighting right and where in Bangkok to buy any necessary gear would be great.

    [btw if there is a photography thread/forum somewhere in here that I missed the bosses may wish to shift this there]

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    wish i could help ya....but all i knows is teh professional photographers use big ;lights with tissue paper over them to dissuse the light

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    Reflected or diffused light, Hang a sheet behind you shine a bright light on it from behind or in front or if your ceiling is white (off-white) try shing the light on that so it reflects off at about 45 deg angle.
    Maybe even two lights two (White) sheets hanging up to the side or behind you. you want a bright room (area) with no direct light shining on the poster. use a tripod avoid positions where you might cast a shadow.
    Gotta fuck with it a bit to get the right, flat light.
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    My avatar is a poster and also my screen saver. Just persevered till i got the right shot,at first i had light bouncing all over it. so took it in a dark'ish room set the camera to auto and the close up option (mines a flower sorry not very technical) pressed the button half wat till it focused and hey presto.

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    A friend of mine takes pretty good pictures of the screen prints by NOT having them in a frame & using natural light (the sun).

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    Turn the flash off.

    As FF suggests throw a white sheet over bright window. Use natural sunlight as it has a higher color temperature that's easier on the ccd in your camera. Turn off nearby incandescent and florescent lights as they'll add introduce unwanted purple, green and red tints.

    Orientate yourself to minimize glare on poster surface, but stay as parallel to the surface of the poster as possible.

    Snap away.

    Recrop, alter contrast/fill with a program like Picacsa (it's free and easy to use). Photoshop is good but complicated (and expensive).

    Picasa: Free download from Google

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    Thanks guys, just the home brew solutions I was looking for, and FF you're right in that the hardest thing seems to be how to get some flat light on the poster - I'll give the old white sheets a try first. If the sun ever comes out here in BKK I'll give the old fashioned natural light and sheet a go too.

    btw Lady Hawk - your av looks great .

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    W K While your waiting for the sun to come out you might try using your flash.

    Cover the flash with a couple of layers of white tissue, even a single layer of TP. You can try a couple of different layers and see the result.

    Make sure your 'squarely' positioned, can be done with a piece of string from each side of the lens to each side of the poster. Try bouncing filtered flash off ceiling etc.

    Just may prove a fruitful rainy day solution.

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    If you have that many, you should get them scanned.

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    White sheets, tissues, and persistence - this has been fun and I'm slowly getting there, thanks for the advice

    Quote Originally Posted by Marmite the Dog
    If you have that many, you should get them scanned.
    Any idea where I'd be able to get this done in Bangers?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wayne Kerr View Post
    White sheets, tissues, and persistence - this has been fun and I'm slowly getting there, thanks for the advice

    Quote Originally Posted by Marmite the Dog
    If you have that many, you should get them scanned.
    Any idea where I'd be able to get this done in Bangers?
    I would recommend you have a chat with the chap who runs the photographic supply place next to The Old Dutch. He's really helpful and probably knows where to get this done.

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    ^ Thanks old chap ... I vaguely remember that joint somewhere near the Ship's Inn on Sukh. 23 ... best excuse I've had for a long time to visit that part of town

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    If you don't get anywhere with him, I'll ask my printer. Let me know.

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