Old machine photos

From: Stan Barr <stanb_at_dial.pipex.com>
Date: Sun Jan 12 06:50:01 2003


"Sean 'Captain Napalm' Conner" <spc_at_conman.org> said:
> It was thus said that the Great Erik S. Klein once stated:
> >
> > - Use a medium or dark colored matte item as a background. I have an
> > old black bed sheet that I use as well as a large piece of cardboard
> > with a matte black finish. Between the two I'm able to pretty much
> > black out everything but the computer.
> I would probably recomend a neutral color background---black may be a bit
> too dark to use effectively.

Also a black background may cause the auto exposure system to over expose
slightly. While you can correct this with software you may lose detail
in the lighter areas. A white background may cause the opposite - loss
of detail in the shadows.

> > - Use multiple diffuse lighting sources. If you can't get those big
> > photography lamps and diffusers then just bounce the light from spots or
> > lamps off of a wall or use something else (like a cardboard box) to
> > block the light that would go directly from the source to the
> > photographic subject. The goal is to light the computer well and
> > eliminate glare - especially on screens.
> A large piece of cardboard covered in aluminum foil makes a good
> reflector, and to reduce glare on monitors you may want to try hairspray.
> Professional photographers use it to reduce glare on glasses so it might be
> worth trying on a monitor if you don't think it'll hurt it.

Keep the lights well off the camera axis and glare shouldnt be too much
of a problem. I use a polarizing filter to cut glare and reflections,
but not many digital cameras are threaded for filters.

> -spc (Go for quantity, then select for quality ... )

That's how many professional photographers made their reputation :-)
Stan Barr  stanb_at_dial.pipex.com
The future was never like this!
Received on Sun Jan 12 2003 - 06:50:01 GMT

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