Help me photograph books (light, angles) and do it without destroying library books.
March 14, 2010 8:19 AM Subscribe
I have a bookshelf covered (on the front) with a flat surface). I would like to cover this flat surface with photographs of the bookshelf (minus the cover) with books in it. I'm hoping for a trompe l'oiel type effect so it looks like a bookshelf with books. Three questions:
1. How do I work out the angles/math etc. of the photographs
2. What light should I take the pictures in?
3. Is it ok (and how to) take the call numbers off of library books and replace them before returning the books?
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So hiding inside the bookshelf (ok, really a cd tower, so not so wide) is my computer mess: cable modem, voip modem, wireless router, usb hub, external HDs, and all the associated cable tangles. To hide this, I've cut to measure a piece of black poster foam and attached it in a removable-ish way. It looks ok. However, I think it would look better if it looked like the tower was filled with books, like the matching bookshelf right next to it. I want to temporarily remove the mess, photograph books in there, and stick the photographs to the cover.
1. The shelf is almost always viewed from a 45o angle, more or less (just anywhere anyone would sit or stand in the room tends to be at that angle). So I think the photo should be taken at that angle, so as to get part of the side of the bookshelf "wall" on the far side. The problem is that a picture of a rectangular-shaped bookshelf area taken at an angle would no longer be rectangular, right? Obviously trompe-l'oiel painters deal with this somehow. Can someone explain this to the not-particularly-spacially-inclined?
2.The bookshelf is next to a window that sits in the shade. So indirect natural light during the day. Compact fluorescent lighting at night. What light should I take the pictures in to avoid an overly fake look as much as possible?
3. For humour's sake, I would like to get books on particular themes or with particular words in the titles. The easiest way to obtain such books is from the library. But of course library books will have those little call number stickers on the spine. Can I remove these temporarily and put them back after photographing (question both logistical and moral)? If so, I assume I should buy and use the same kind of tape? What is it and where should I get it? I have some discarded library books that I own with call numbers on them, so I could try my hand with those first to ensure that I can do it without damage.