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: Photographing drawings.


joeygn72
08-23-2013, 01:00 PM
Hi everyone,I'm looking for some info about taking photos of my graphite drawings. When I do take the pics. I lose a lot of mid tones. I'm looking not to become a photography professional just need some tips... Thanks

Darksouth
08-25-2013, 09:11 AM
It seems like there is always one spot where the glare coming off the graphite is horrible. I take a picture then put it in Photoshop then play around with it to get it to look right.

Kanga
01-27-2014, 12:13 AM
Hi everyone,I'm looking for some info about taking photos of my graphite drawings. When I do take the pics. I lose a lot of mid tones. I'm looking not to become a photography professional just need some tips... Thanks

Joeygn72,

I use flash but NOT direct flash. Instead I use an external flash that has a swivel head so I can point the flash to an adjacent wall or ceiling. The light bounces off the surface and the surface becomes the new "light". It's soft and pleasant. However, if the wall isn't white (or at least off white) then the light will be tinted with whatever color the surface is (i.e. if the ceiling is red then the light striking the drawing will have a red tint to it). But that might be something fun to play with and experiment.

Try checking on Amazon.com for Yongnuo flashes that work with your model camera. These flashes usually are fairly cheap and effective. If you have some extra cash then get an automatic Yongnuo flash.
But whatever flash you do get, make sure it has a swivel head so you can point the flash in ANY direction you like.

Good luck!

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RWMcRae
04-24-2014, 04:23 PM
Because I also paint and draw I also take pics of my work. The best option to preventing hotspots is the same as it is for photographing people: Either build a lightbox of sorts, or take it outside in natural like. Really all you need is something to diffuse the light. Evening or morning like works great if shooting outside, but if you're getting hot spots just pin a sheet up somewhere to block direct light from hitting the drawing.