I'm new here and I'm trying to figure out the best way to post my work. I need help on how to photograph horizontal work. Most of my work sits on tables or stands.

I have a good Nikon camera, but trying to get a good all around balance shot is difficult. I was wondering if there is a setup tool similar to a tripod, that mounts either at angles or from overhead?

Any help or ideas I can get would be most appreciated.

qB

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Sorry I can't help you. I'm sure someone out here will have a suggestion Cubie.

Cubie, I haven't done this myself, but here's a link to a stand you can build to support your camera. http://www.instructables.com/id/Copy-Stand-Cheap-and-easy-to-build/

My only concern with this setup is that the height from your subject is fixed and you may need to change that for different sized pieces of art.

Thank you Jo, you have stroked my creative juices. I think you have given me a great idea on how I can build my own. qB

Hi Cubie, I have heard that a lot of people who post their tutorials on youtube have developed a lot of different ideas for camera mounts that can be moved - the one that comes to mind is using the base frame of one of those old lights that were mounted onto the bed and can be moved in various directions (find at a garage sale or second hand shop), then they take out the light fixture section and electricals and jerry rig a camera mount onto it - so that it can fix to a desk for example and then be adjusted for the best angle. I am sure if you got onto youtube you could probably find dozens of people explaining their different methods. Hope this helps. I am also struggling to photograph my work very well but as I am still a beginner I figure I have some time before I need to do a better job -  Jess

No worries! good luck, hope to see your finished stand.

Cubie Lee Maddox said:

Thank you Jo, you have stroked my creative juices. I think you have given me a great idea on how I can build my own. qB

Aloha Jess,

Great ideas, thanks qb

Jess said:

Hi Cubie, I have heard that a lot of people who post their tutorials on youtube have developed a lot of different ideas for camera mounts that can be moved - the one that comes to mind is using the base frame of one of those old lights that were mounted onto the bed and can be moved in various directions (find at a garage sale or second hand shop), then they take out the light fixture section and electricals and jerry rig a camera mount onto it - so that it can fix to a desk for example and then be adjusted for the best angle. I am sure if you got onto youtube you could probably find dozens of people explaining their different methods. Hope this helps. I am also struggling to photograph my work very well but as I am still a beginner I figure I have some time before I need to do a better job -  Jess

No worries, I hope some of these ideas help a little. Once you do make a cool system perhaps you could post a photo of it in the selling forum to help others - we can't be the only ones struggling with taking photos of our work. All the best, Jess

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