Step by Step / Go old-school
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.