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How best to photograph religous icons in a church.


UrbaneMagick e2
2 138 1 United Kingdom
13 Sep 2012 7:20PM
Hi folks,

I'm to take some photos of religous icons in an orthodox church in order for them to make postcards from the photos.

The icons are to be photographed in the church...any advice on how to get the best results would be greatly appreciated....thankyou.

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User_Removed 4 299 4 France
13 Sep 2012 7:59PM
Size is the issue here...how big are they?
I have used a home made drawing paper light tent since the late 60`s for small and medium objects
If the object is upright make a large tube to surround it, punch a hole for the lens and fire a couple of flashes thru the paper.
If flat down do the same with a half circular funnel and fire as before.

The beauty of this system is auto white balance will cure colour cast, the heaviest drawing paper is not too dear, you can practice at home with household bits and bobs and the paper can be held in place with d/sided stick pads or blu tack.
Or you could splash out on a pro light tent....stuart
UrbaneMagick e2
2 138 1 United Kingdom
13 Sep 2012 8:48PM
Thankyou Stuart.....c'mon folks keep the tips coming Smile
the icons are around a 12 by ten size at most..perhaps a little smaller.

................. as many tips as you can spare please, as theya re good folks & want to do as good a job as possible for them.

What lens would you recommend ?
widtink 2 406 2 Scotland
13 Sep 2012 9:35PM
Dont do it drunk be soberWink thats my only tip
User_Removed 4 299 4 France
13 Sep 2012 9:43PM
You should aim to fill the frame with the subject allowing a small surrounding area for asthetic balance unless the brief includes printed matter on the image side itself, something you need to clarify before shooting.
Background will be an issue if it is left to you and one of the decision makers hates your choice...get as much agreed and carved in stone before you start and dont rely on peoples good nature to accept something you missed covering in advance.
My cynicism has always allowed that the firmest opinions tend to come from the individuals with the least ability where the commissioners of work are concerned...I know a good photo when I see it syndrome!...Get it all done and dusted in advance......stuart
UrbaneMagick e2
2 138 1 United Kingdom
13 Sep 2012 9:47PM
Thankyou Stuart..... they want no background, just the picture itself. the icon is of St Edward(ex englsih king).
The postcards will then be printed by themselves/for themselves .
They are gold leaf on wood .

Cheers Widtink...I'll gie the cider a miss then ;-p
User_Removed 4 299 4 France
13 Sep 2012 9:51PM

Quote:They are gold leaf on wood .

shoot some with a polariser to kill the glow and some without...even add a highlight or a star sparkle to the odd image if you can.
UrbaneMagick e2
2 138 1 United Kingdom
13 Sep 2012 10:02PM
than ks sturat Smile
pablophotographer 3 495 187
26 Sep 2012 11:20PM
I don't know what camera you have. My suggestion is : Use a standard lens .... wide ones will distort the picture. Shoot straight from the height of the picture, if you tilt the camera upwards you will make the bottom part appear smaller, Good luck.
UrbaneMagick e2
2 138 1 United Kingdom
27 Sep 2012 7:44AM
thankyou pablo.

I have an old nikon dx1, have a 18-55 lens, a 16-33 & a 85 - 200....I imagine to use the 18-55?

I'm kind of worried about the shine as it is in gold leaf.

Many thanks,

Gareth
User_Removed 4 299 4 France
27 Sep 2012 9:37AM
diffuse your flash gun(s) with a white handkerchief or cloth or shoot thru a white brolly if you use studio lights...use a hand held magnifier to review the image on your rear screen as zooming in will only show a small portion. If you use only available light you may need some one to hold a reflector to put more light where you want it. You will find that people who lose their fear and reticence where flash is concerned soon find it is far more controllable that daylight!
Have you got a copy of nikon camera control?...it came free with the d70 but im not sure about the d1x...it enables you to shoot and view direct to a laptop and is the reason I have kept my old d70 as you have to buy it for the later models.
Paul Morgan e2
13 16.1k 6 England
27 Sep 2012 9:07PM

Quote:How best to photograph religous icons in a church


This all depends on how you want them to look.
pablophotographer 3 495 187
27 Sep 2012 11:31PM
yes I think your 18-55 is the one to use, use polariser to reduce reflection and tripod in case you want to try to shoot with the existing light.
28 Sep 2012 4:12PM
I often take photographs where I work - Cheddar Caves - subdued lighting all through, and the only way I can get decent pictures is using a tripod and long time exposure. Flash completely kills all the colour in the calcite formations. I usually set to AV mode, set aperture to around f8 or even f32 for the big formations, and let the camera decide on the correct exposure. Obviously use a cable release and even mirror lockup but with the long exposures shake isn't going to be too much of a problem.

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