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Part 4: More Tips and Tricks



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Digital Zoom

Make sure you turn digital zoom off. "Optical zoom" is when the lens itself is zooming in on the subject matter, enlarging it and filling up the sensor for you. Digital zoom is when your camera is internally cropping in and magnifying the area that you would like to showcase. When the camera crops in on an area that you think is important, that's not the same as the lens focusing in. Optical zoom is much more important to use.

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Original

Optical Zoom

Optical Zoom

Digital Zoom

Digital Zoom



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Composition

Remember to fill the frame with your artwork. Leave a little bit of breathing room around the outside edges so that you can see everything, but don't have too many distractions in the background. If you have a vertically-oriented piece of art, set your camera vertically on the tripod. The camera's image sensor will be filled up vertically, and you won't have to crop your shot with computer software. If you have a horizontally-oriented piece of artwork, such as a painting, then tilt your camera horizontally and fill up the frame of the image sensor in a horizontal format. Try to crop as best as you can in-camera.



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RGB Sensor

A digital camera has an RGB sensor inside. The files it produces are made up of red, green, and blue pixels. Avoid using the black-and-white shooting mode in-camera. Capture the image in color. Use a custom white balance. If you need to convert to black-and-white, do it on your computer, using the software of your choice.



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Turn Off Your Flash

Don't forget to turn off your flash! The lighting demos show you how to control the quality of light for your particular artwork. When you turn on the flash, it will wash out all that nice quality of light, and create harsh shadows, very extreme highlights, and bad contrast. It's not going to showcase your art properly. Watch the lighting demos a few extra times, and make sure you're lighting your images properly.



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Downloading the Images

Now that your artwork has been photographed, it's time to download the images from your camera safely onto your computer. Be sure to watch the demonstration on this topic. Once your images have been safely downloaded onto the hard drive of your computer, make sure you reformat your camera storage card. I consider this safe digital hygiene. It ensures that your camera storage card is not going to have any corrupt files on it during the next photo shoot.