How do I photograph a huge painting?
August 19, 2005 12:41 PM Subscribe
Photographing soon-to-be-destroyed architectural paintings...
posted by fake to Media & Arts (16 answers total)
So, there's a building in downtown Fargo with beautiful old art deco paintings
in it. They are approximately 12 feet tall by four feet wide, painted directly on the old walls and framed with trim.
They are going to be torn down in a remodeling project, and I've secured an opportunity to photograph them. I've got a Canon S70 7.1 megapixel camera and I'm familiar with all the manual controls. I'd like to capture these things in a 100megapixel+ resolution, with the hope that they could be reprinted at or near the original size, and preserved for historical purposes.
So, given the circumstances, how would you go about photographing such an object? I've thought about fixing the exposure and white balance so that all are consistent, using a color bar for later calibration, recording in RAW format, etc etc. How would you deal with the sheer scale of these things? Is there some kind of X/Y rig that would make photographing the grid easier? How would you light it?