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Welcome to the School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation. You are on the Visual Resources Collection Blog – MAPPimages. Check here for information about relevant new images, training session times, who is who and what is what.

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Wednesday August 22, 2012 is the new graduate student open house, so I will be talking about the cameras, video cameras, lights, tripods, Flat panel TV’s and images that you can borrow.

Cameras that students may borrow.

Tripod can be used with video cameras as well as the point-and-shoot cameras.

Canon Video camera

Items in the VRC: Video Cameras and tripods

Flip Cameras

Flip Cameras

The Flip Video (2.2 x 1.2 x 4.2 inches) records up to 120 minutes of video.  It uses two AA batteries and is simple to operate with a power button on the side and a red record button in the center.

Canon Video camera

Canon Video camera

The Canon Vixia HFM40 camcorder records video on a 8GB memory card.  Files can be downloaded onto a computer in a M4V format. The camera can run on rechargeable batteries for 125 minutes, or can be connected to an outlet with a power adapter. The camera has audio capability and features 1080p HD recording.  A tripod and external microphone can be used when necessary.

Tripod can be used with video cameras as well as the point-and-shoot cameras.

Tripod can be used with video cameras as well as the point-and-shoot cameras.

Several tripods are available in the VRC to help with stabilizing a camera or camcorder.  The tripods are adjustable and collapsible.

Resources in the Visual Resources Collection

The Visual Resources Collection has various items for student use, besides images. All of these items must be signed out, and should be returned in the same condition that you received them. All items can be borrowed by the hour or overnight. Future Blog posts will focus on individual items, with pictures!!

  • Point-and-Shoot Cameras. We have two Panasonics and one Nikon
  • Video Cameras.  We have two Canon Vixia digital video cameras
  • Flip Video Cameras. Two hour maximum recording time; often used as a voice recorder
  • Clear Plastic Sheets for scanning delicate drawings in the DOC scanner. Approx 22″ x 30″
  • Tripods
  • Dollies with Wheels.  Tripods may be put on these.
  • Photographic lights for model photography
  • Flat panel TVs connected to Macmini computers.  You may also connect your laptop to the TV
  • LCD Projectors that connect to Laptops
  • Laser Pointers
  • Powerpoint Remotes
  • Copystand with lights to photograph delicate drawings and very small models. Make an appointment to use this.

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.

How to photograph models 12_13_10

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!