Nick Manser introduced us to the facilities in the Observatory for documenting our work: the white wall, the white, grey, black and coloured paper backdrops, the lights and of course the DSLR camera mounted on a movable stand.
Under his guidance, we practised taking photos of a collograph print Nic had made, experimenting with the lights, the camera programme, the aperture, the speed, the ISO settings and white balance adjustments.
I wanted to take some better pictures of the reverse side of some rubbings I had made at the Bargehouse which are white-on-white in low relief. Since I had brought the wrong sketchbook, I couldn’t do it on the day but Nick showed us how to do it in principle, using the back of Nic’s print. Then, armed with Nick’s instructions, I set up a mini-studio at home with my adjustable IKEA mini-spotlights.
I tried with just one light and then with both. It didn’t seem to make much difference to the results.
Can you see any real difference between these?
Then I tried photographing an embossed book cover I had made in the print room the day before, where the title was also in quite low relief. I got a much better picture than I had managed before.
And finally I took photos of a couple of drawings using the basic set up of two light sources, one either side, at a roughly 45 degree angle. You can see the results here.