would like to photograph slides of my artwork but need some
guidance as to what is the best way to do it. Should I take
pictures outside? I'm always afraid of getting it dirty. Should
I use a flash indoors?
Not Bright Enough,
received some information from Gerald Brommer's water color
demonstration on "How to take the perfect slides every
time". There are too many variables with outside pictures.
If you want to have consistent slides, use ectachrome 160 film
(available at photo stores). Buy 2 silver reflector clamp lights
from Home Depot or similar store (less expensive). But 2 "Kelvin
3200 bulbs from photo store, make sure they are 250 watts each
(not 500 watts). Clamp the lights on the back of two chairs
facing each other. These two items are "made for each other".
The colors will be true. This is what portrait studios use.
No lighting should come from anywhere else (window light), just
this controlled environment.
the lights 45 degrees from the painting. Put the painting on
the floor and photograph it. You may use black matte board under
your picture. 50mm lens, 125th of a second F stop.
haven't tried this myself but it sounds promising and may be
a helpful place to start.