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Offline Ally01

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Hi all,
I am a complete novice when it comes to photography. I previously worked as a Catwalk model so I have 'some' knowledge like setting white balance etc but not a great deal. Anyhow, I just brought the 550D and I don't know much about which settings would be best to take shots of my Artwork (oil paintings).
I don't have great lighting indoors so I have set my easel up outside and put the camera onto the tripod. However- I find when I take the shots- they look too faded, or weird kind of swirls appear in the image. I am currently shooting in RAW (as I need large file sizes for print) and I have tried Manual setting with an ISO of 400, Auto with no flash and Macro.

Any assistance on setting my camera up for this type of shooting would be really really appreciated. The Artwork is usually fairly large- about 40'' by 40''

Thanks Ally

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Re: Help! Newb to Photography here trying to take shots of her Artwork
« Reply #1 on: March 23, 2016, 11:07:51 AM »
Hi Ally and welcome!

When you mentioned that the results look faded my first thought was what post-processing software you use?
No idea about the swirls but perhaps you could post an image so that we can see what you mean?
What lens, aperture and shutter speed you used might also help...
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Re: Help! Newb to Photography here trying to take shots of her Artwork
« Reply #2 on: March 23, 2016, 12:02:49 PM »
It sounds like you're essentially taking a 'photocopy' of a large artwork. To avoid any kind of "fisheye" distortion, you want to be as far away as practical (i.e. at least across the room, and preferably down the hall - LOL) and use a long lens. Personally, I would use my 100mm prime, but if you set the 'kit' zoom lens to about 100mm that would work too. And you want your camera to be on a tripod, and 'square' to the artwork. You want the image stabilisation to be turned off (because of the tripod) and use a moderate f-stop e.g. f/8. The lighting should be good and even, but not cause reflections (yeah, that part can be hard).

If you do want to post the result, feel free to use a heavy logo or name across it, so that no one steals it.

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Re: Help! Newb to Photography here trying to take shots of her Artwork
« Reply #3 on: March 23, 2016, 07:10:48 PM »
Hi Snapper,

So I am using PS CS5, but I am literally talking about the images being faded upon import so whatever happened happened in the camera.

The swirls almost look like lines of grease across the image (even though the lens is clean) Not to sound silly but how would I go about uploading an image onto the thread?

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Re: Help! Newb to Photography here trying to take shots of her Artwork
« Reply #4 on: March 23, 2016, 07:11:47 PM »
Hi Andy,

I am not sure what an f-stop is? Haha, I am completely new to this! Thanks,
Ally

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Re: Help! Newb to Photography here trying to take shots of her Artwork
« Reply #5 on: March 23, 2016, 07:22:17 PM »
Worked it out!

So this is what it looked like in the original shot- a lot more faded and washed out than it really is, so I used photoshop and create a more accurate albeit intense version (sorry if my PS skills are bad, first day ever using it as well as a camera!)

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Re: Help! Newb to Photography here trying to take shots of her Artwork
« Reply #6 on: March 23, 2016, 07:23:15 PM »
P.S Feel free to tell me what I'm doing wrong!! ;)

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Re: Help! Newb to Photography here trying to take shots of her Artwork
« Reply #7 on: March 25, 2016, 08:14:37 PM »
Hi Ally, Welcome to the Forum. I would recommend that you snap your artwork outside in a shaded area. You can browse this site for tips and also Google any terms that you do not understand.

I also Google like so... what is Iso, how do take pictures of oil paintings  Etc...

And lastly I highly recommend this Free app on Google called Photograper FREE. It is a cheat sheet for photographers.
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Re: Help! Newb to Photography here trying to take shots of her Artwork
« Reply #8 on: March 25, 2016, 11:49:04 PM »
I'm sorry that Ally hasn't had more replies! - To be honest, I can't see what she's doing wrong, she's got the picture nice and square to the camera, and surely it is outside... unless she has ivy growing in her house  ::)

And to be honest, I don't see the swirls like smudges that she talks about.

The only thing I can think of to get the colours brighter would be more light, and perhaps more drastic post-processing to bring the colour out. It seems like focus is correct and everything. Anyone?

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Re: Help! Newb to Photography here trying to take shots of her Artwork
« Reply #9 on: March 26, 2016, 02:32:24 AM »
Ally did send me a PM and I have replied to that by suggesting that she use a piece of 18% grey card in order to set the WB accurately. Hopefully she will do so in the near future and then report back.

I cannot see the swirls either and it is difficult for any of us to see any differences between the original and the JPEG image of the original so I also suggested she try to find a friendly local photographer who could view both and then, hopefully, offer some advice.
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Re: Help! Newb to Photography here trying to take shots of her Artwork
« Reply #10 on: March 28, 2016, 11:33:33 AM »
Ally did send me a PM and I have replied to that by suggesting that she use a piece of 18% grey card in order to set the WB accurately. Hopefully she will do so in the near future and then report back.

I cannot see the swirls either and it is difficult for any of us to see any differences between the original and the JPEG image of the original so I also suggested she try to find a friendly local photographer who could view both and then, hopefully, offer some advice.

That was going to be my suggestion too.  Focusing may be a challenge too with that painting.  Maybe place a piece of paper with a high contrast black and white pattern on it to focus, then remove it and shoot.