Items in the VRC: The Copystand

The copy stand in the VRC makes photographing drawings or smaller models an easy process.  A camera can be connected to an adjustable stand and lights are already set up. This should be used if your drawing is too delicate or unwieldy to go through the scanner in the DOC. At the moment, it must be used between the hours of 9:30 and 4, Monday through Friday.

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Power button

Power button

Pedals used to turn lights on, and raise and lower camera arm.

Pedals used to turn lights on, and raise and lower camera arm.

How to Photograph Architectural Models

It is important to photograph your models soon after you complete them.  Drawings generated digitally can always be saved – in multiple places – but models have a way of getting dusty, losing parts, or molding in your parents’ basement. Therefore you should photograph models pretty much immediately after finishing them.  Whites will be whiter, columns will be straighter, and windows less finger-printed now, as opposed to a few weeks from now. And, if you leave them in the School studio space, they will get thrown out!

Plan view of model photography set-up

Plan view of model photography set-up

Model Photography basics: Click on the link to download the PDF instructions.

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A few things to keep in mind:

You can use a point and shoot camera, you dont need an SLR (single lens reflex) camera.  Always use a tripod. This will give you sharper pictures than any handheld shots.

Use two lights; one is a direct light source, and the other will be indirect.  The direct light source acts like the sun, lighting your model from a particular direction.  The indirect light acts as atmospheric, reflected light, and keeps the shadows on your model from being too dark.

Light colored models will look best on a black background.  We have black cloths in the Visual Resources Center, that students may borrow. See the next blog post for other amenities that students may borrow!