Step by Step / Go old-school

NPhoto - - Nikon Skills -

1 Print and po­si­tion

Us­ing a high street printer, print your por­trait shots as 6x4s – some ver­ti­cal, oth­ers hor­i­zon­tal – then lay them out on a white sur­face. Like the Pho­to­shop method, you can play with po­si­tions and move prints up or down, but it feels more au­then­tic to do it by hand, and the re­sults are of­ten more pleas­ingly ran­dom.

2 Light the art­work

For even light­ing, po­si­tion two equally pow­er­ful lamps ei­ther side of the art­work at a 45-de­gree an­gle. Set up a tri­pod di­rectly above the prints and an­gle your cam­era straight down. Some tripods en­able you to re­verse the cen­tral col­umn so that the cam­era faces down­wards, which can help in a setup like this.

3 Shoot the prints

Check for hotspots and re­flec­tions over the prints and ad­just the po­si­tion of the lights if nec­es­sary. Also, make sure the tri­pod legs don’t cast shad­ows over the print. Set your cam­era to aper­ture pri­or­ity at f/5.6, ISO100 then take your shot. Open in Pho­to­shop to fix any colour casts or con­vert to mono.

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