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Photographing 2D artworks.

22 Jun 2012 11:35AM
Hi, I am using a Lumix DMC-FZ50 and would like to know what is the best setting to photograph drawings and paintings varying in size from 1 foot to 3 feet- some are B/W and some are coloured. The 'scene' options give 'Portrait', 'Food' etc. but nothing specifically for this subject. Any advice on this would be appreciated. Thanks.

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lemmy 11 2.7k United Kingdom
16 Sep 2012 11:33AM
I don't know your camera at all but generally, to photograph artworks you want flat, even lighting. The camera must be square on to the picture, centred and on a tripod. Fill the frame with the picture and make sure you have no reflections if the picture is glossy or shiny.

Take a variation of exposures and stop the lens down to f5.6 or 8 to bring the edge sharpness in. It is crucial for copying to do all this, it relies on experience or if you don't have that, trial and error.

An auto camera is about the worst for this kind of work though you may have a manual setting. Otherwise aperture priority will do. There is no scene option for this as far as I know, since the conditions and size of the subject can vary so much.

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