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It’s all done with mirrors…..well, a mirror.

If you photograph flat artwork and you don’t have the camera centred over the artwork and on a line perpendicular to the surface, you will discover the keystone* effect when you come to print the image.
*The square or rectangular artwork will be tapered in one or both axis.

To avoid this problem you need to align the artwork and camera precisely; some use a piece of string or a tape-measure to check the distance from both sides then from top and bottom of the art to the camera lens; a fiddly and inaccurate method.  Many art museums have an easel and camera mount built to precise angles and proportions to photograph art for cataloguing and insurance purposes.  We can get the same precision by optically aligning the camera to the artwork and it is simple and
Mount your artwork on a vertical easel or flat against a wall.  Find the centre by holding strings across diagonally, from corner to corner.  Place a flat mirror against the surface at the centre-point.
( to protect delicate paintings or art, a thin layer of soft foam or velvet can be glued to the back of the mirror )

Now mount your camera on a tripod or whatever fixture you plan to use, and move it till it is reflected in the mirror when you look through the viewfinder.  Make finer adjustments till the mirror is in the centre of the viewfinder and the reflected image of the camera lens is in the centre of the mirror.  The artwork and camera are now optically aligned. Copy your artwork with confidence.


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JacquelineBarkla Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2014  Professional General Artist
Hello my friend! I hope all is well :tighthug:
mrmd53 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Happy Birthday Ian!:XD:
Iancaus2001 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012
Thank you; though it isn't something one really wants to be reminded of at my age.
Being negative, I would see it as a sign of the sands running out. On the positive side, it's a sign that I've survived to pass yet another milestone. Just have to remember to keep the journey interesting.
Yep, smiling helps.
foureyes Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012
I hope everything is wonderful in your world :love: :hug:....I miss being in China :)
Iancaus2001 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012
I just arrived back in Guilin after 18 months in Oz for surgery and dental treatment. I really missed it. Good to be back for another 3 months while the trouble-and-strife retires, then we go to Oz to set up a semi-retirement home and touring base.
Hope we can meet you here soon.
foureyes Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012
Is great to hear from you again Ian :hug:
I'm planning a trip to 'your neck of the woods' early 2013, I have not forgotten about that offer to taste your wifey's fish n' beer :)
I hope the surgery and dental treatment went well, sometimes those dental treatments can be like a Chinese torture :)
Iancaus2001 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013
G'day,  I hope you made it to Guilin; sorry Lynn was not there to make a feed of beer-fish for you, she retired in January and came to Oz in early March.
We are booked to fly to Guilin, arriving 17th September to be there for the birth of our first grandchild about 26th Sept.  I will return to Oz on 16th October for my son's wedding on 26th Oct.
I have been inactive on DA and many other places while undergoing treatment for a rare cancer, caused by my 12 month use of tobacco products in the early 1960s, while I was in the army.  It took a long time to bite me, but has cost me most of my upper teeth, gums and a large part of the jawbone.  It's OK now, the cancer is gone, but the modifications are inconvenient.
I hope all is going well for you.  I followed your Galapagos adventure when I could.  Nicely done. Clap 

I will have time while in Guilin to become active again, and hope to make and post some worthy photos while there.

Warm regards,  Ian.
Capturing-the-Light Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Hi, just to let you know your work has been featured here


Thank you for being an inspiration.
teyasaveleva Featured By Owner May 24, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Hi! I'd like to feature your photo in the POINT OF SIMPLICITY magazine and I need your approval. Please see the note I sent you for details.

Iancaus2001 Featured By Owner May 26, 2011
Thank you, thank you, thank you.

APPROVED! And delighted to be asked. :dance:
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