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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.

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