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    Smile How to copy a photo to achieve best result?

    How to copy a gloss 5x7 size photo to achieve the best result i.e. with minimal reflections, etc? equipment available are a dslr and a hotshoe flash with swiveling head. thanks. pls exclude scanning.

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    Quote Originally Posted by reachme2003
    How to copy a gloss 5x7 size photo to achieve the best result i.e. with minimal reflections, etc? equipment available are a dslr and a hotshoe flash with swiveling head. thanks. pls exclude scanning.
    cannot scan?

    then u have to find a piece of non reflective multicoated plastic to flatten the photo.

    then u make a funnel, 1 side can cover the 5x7, another side for your lens, depending on your mount. use 2 flash, side by side, on the pic (Outside the funnel of course)...

    (above is purely based on imagination)
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    Smile Re: How to copy a photo to achieve best result?

    many thanks. i am thinking of bouncing the camera mounted flash into a large white card to achieve a broad light onto the photo. perhaps, with additional cards to act as fills.

    Quote Originally Posted by Del_CtrlnoAlt
    cannot scan?

    then u have to find a piece of non reflective multicoated plastic to flatten the photo.

    then u make a funnel, 1 side can cover the 5x7, another side for your lens, depending on your mount. use 2 flash, side by side, on the pic (Outside the funnel of course)...

    (above is purely based on imagination)

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    Default Re: How to copy a photo to achieve best result?

    just scan the photo

    1. it is easier
    2. it is totally straight
    3. the scanner has more MP than your camera

    4800dpi x 5" = 24000 pixels
    4800dpi x 7" = 33600 pixels

    806,400,000 mega pixel camera

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    Quote Originally Posted by ortega
    just scan the photo

    1. it is easier
    2. it is totally straight
    3. the scanner has more MP than your camera

    4800dpi x 5" = 24000 pixels
    4800dpi x 7" = 33600 pixels

    806,400,000 mega pixel camera
    eh pixel only... no mega if got mega i also wanna buy that scanner

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    Default Re: How to copy a photo to achieve best result?

    Quote Originally Posted by ExplorerZ
    eh pixel only... no mega if got mega i also wanna buy that scanner
    sorry my mistake

    should be 806MP

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    thanks. i already know the classic copy setup. what i am trying to achieve is constrained by the equipment i currently have. i am not prepared to spend $.

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    you don't need soft light for copy work, but if you use only one light, try to place the light as far as possible (45), so the light on near end and far end will not have very much differents, (Inverse square law), you can use a board on the other side as reflector too.

    use a mirror to get perfect perpendicular camera angle.
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    Smile Re: How to copy a photo to achieve best result?

    well, my intent for using the large white card is not to change the quality of the light. it is to redirect the throw of light from my flash so that the light bounce off the card onto the photo will be about 45 degree from the lens' perspective. in this way, the flash remains hotshoed to the camera.

    Quote Originally Posted by catchlights
    you don't need soft light for copy work, but if you use only one light, try to place the light as far as possible (45), so the light on near end and far end will not have very much differents, (Inverse square law), you can use a board on the other side as reflector too.

    use a mirror to get perfect perpendicular camera angle.

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