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    Color film choice for photographing artwork

    I'm looking for 120 color [positive] film recomendations for photographing un framed paintings under studio flash lighting.

    Anyone with experience give me a recomendations?

    I'll need it to be true color.
    Sharp.
    Scan well.
    Exposure lattitude would be handy but not totally necessary.

    Fintan

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    I have alway used either Provia or Astia to take the art work photos for clients, my personal choice is Provia, true to color with not much saturation, very fine grained and nice smooth color transitions.

    Dave

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    EPN is probably the most neutral film out there for this purpose.
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    Ektachrome 160T - 3200k lamps. Created for photographing artwork.

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    I don't do it, but i often here people using fuji astia, or ektachrome 64T, 160T
    --Ryan

    "The negative is the equivalent of the composer's score, and the print the performance." ~Ansel Adams

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    What is the intended out-put? Why not check with the scanner operator/service?

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    If you're using strobes, then you wouldn't want a tungsten film like 160T or 64T, or you'll have to gel your lights or filter the lens.
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    Thanks for the replies.

    I'm using strobes [Elinchrom Style 600 to be precise] and I'm not sure what scanning will be done yet. The job is to produce slides and after that the lady is on her own....

    But ultimatly its for an exhibition catalog and her website.

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    Kodak EPN is what I use for this kind of work as it's made for copy work, catalog work, and museum documentation. However, if I were you, I would shoot a test roll to confirm color balance with your strobes and your lab's processing to see if the combination needs a slight CC correction for an exact match.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fintan
    I'm looking for 120 color [positive] film recomendations for photographing un framed paintings under studio flash lighting.
    Anyone with experience give me a recomendations?
    I'll need it to be true color.
    Sharp.
    Scan well.
    Exposure lattitude would be handy but not totally necessary.
    Fintan
    I've been using Agfachrome RSX 50 with DynalLites.
    So far, five (5) students have been accepted into Art Schools after submitting those slides.
    The Artists themselves will be the most critical of the color balance.

    Recommendations:

    1. Framed or not framed, with glass, or without - be *very* careful with reflections. Two (2) light sources, each 45 degrees from the work at equal strength, work well, but do NOT ignore ambient light.

    2. Exposure will be important, if not critical. I would suggest Incident readings with a good flash meter.

    3. Be careful with perspective. Keep the camera centered on the work, and avoid "keystoning".

    4. Eliminate all of the background in the axis not covered my the frame. Black mat board, propped in place by whatever means, is useful here.

    5. Warn your client that metallic inks/ paints are off limits. There is NO way that I know of to reproduce the metallic "look" with film of any sort.

    6. If multiple copies are needed, make additional exposures. *Much* less expesive than producing copies, and quality will not be affected by the additional process.

    Good luck! This will not be "easy".
    Carpe erratum!!

    Ed Sukach, FFP.

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