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: Charcoal drawing photography advice

11-12-2015, 06:53 AM
How can i take a picture of my charcoal drawings? I tried with my phone, but they come brownish, as you can see here

keep in mind that i don't have any camera, just my phone (which is a Samsung SIII, and my family's callular phones).
Do i have to buy a camera or maybe a good phone camera would be enough?
Maybe i can download some app to take pictures and put the right effect?

11-12-2015, 06:53 AM
i don't need anything fancy, just decent

Susan Mulno
11-12-2015, 07:06 AM
Haven't heard from you in a while, glad you're back.

First thing is try changing the lighting, outdoor daylight is best. If that doesn't work I am sure you can color adjust with an app, there are several good ones for android.

By the way, your drawings also look great in sepia! :biggrin:

03-14-2016, 01:04 PM
I use GIMP, which is an open source, free graphical editor that runs on Windows, Mac, or Linux (my operating system of choice).

I photograph my own ink stuff, and here's how I edit them:

(1) crop to paper edges only.
(2) colorify to grayscale, removing all color.
(3) use the automatic white balance adjustor
(4) bump up the contrast until the white paper looks white.
(5) use free select to select areas that might still appear unnaturally gray.
(6) bump up the contrast a bit more, but not so much that your ink marks begin to disappear.

I'll download one of your pics, adjust it, and upload to see if you like what my method can do.

03-19-2016, 01:11 PM
Baldie's suggestion is a great one.. albeit a bit complicated.

I use Irfanview (Free program) as my basic image viewer. Once you open the picture.. just hit "Image" "Greyscale" and it will give it to you just like it is on paper. You might need to auto adjust colors as well.. but it's just another push of a button to do so.