RE: Using digital camera for illustrations?

Subject: RE: Using digital camera for illustrations?
From: "CB Casper" <knowone -at- surfy -dot- net>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 17 Feb 2005 05:47:14 -0800

If at all possible set up a monitor to review the
images as they are taken to see what they would
look like at the size intended for the docs.

What you can discern on the tiny screen on a digital
camera isn't what you can see at the finished size.

Be prepared to be creative.

The hardware had seven holes, the racking rail had
six holes, and in the images, it was very difficult
to see any of the holes, let alone distinguishing
which six of the seven to use.

I placed round white paper hole re-inforcing rings
over each of the six holes to be used. They stood
out in much better contrast and were easily seen
against the gray hardware.

The next chunk of hardware was bright metal and
the white circles faded into obscurity, so I colored
the rings black for this product.

Hide extraneous cables and components.
As others have said, use a back drop of some sort.
During composition, take your eyes off the subject
and look at everything else to see if it distracts
from the subject.

It's all too easy to lose sight of everything but
the subject.

CB - whose eyes make digitial photography a challenge

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