Straight On and Overhead
Key Points to Remember
- Works well for flat two-dimensional artwork and to add a bird?s eye view.
- To eliminate distortion, keep the camera parallel to the subject and aim the lens over the center of the object.
- Wide angle lenses can cause straight lines to appear curved so extend the lens out to ?zoom-in? to avoid these distortions.
- A simple overhead set up can be created by setting up the tripod overtop the subject with the camera aimed down.
- A DIY tip for overhead shots is to lay the tripod on a table and shoot down to create a camera boom over the subject on the floor. Add heavy books or A-clamps to secure the tripod.
- Turn your flash ?off? for accurate color and to preserve the control of your lighting set up.
- Set the camera?s white balance to ?tungsten? and use 2-3 200watt soft white lightbulbs to light your set.
- To avoid camera shake and blurry images, use a tripod, activate the self timer function, prefocus with the shutter release button, wait for the focus confirmation (either green light or audible beep), and use a tripod, along with the camera?s self timer function.
- Bracket your exposures with exposure compensation, and shoot with the tungsten white balance setting.