Providing photographs for model manufacturers
How to provide information for model
Taking STANDARD ANGLE photographs for model manufacturers
Writing to a model manufacturer
Q: WHAT is a “STANDARD ANGLE” photograph?
Set 2: As well as an accompanying set of close-up photos of the individual items (below left), the general view (below right) would accompany the photograph set. Detail views (as below) show clearly where each item is placed in relation to other items and the panel joins.
Set 3: This set of photographs shows the general view of the area where
the detail close-ups come from and also, for your guidance, is an
exemplar of the sort of accompanying notes that should be provided.
Part Two – Standard Angle and non-Standard Angle
Although OK for a “general” view to show location, the detail is not straight on and it involves the factory in taking longer and making more effort to extrapolate the information and detail work to make it suitable for making the tampo films. In doing so, the quality of an image can be destroyed and its suitability to be used for the films can be useless, thereby creating further delay and expense if the lettering etc has to be created from scratch.
This view is straight-on and would be more suitable
for factory use, although the detail work should be photographed in
true close-up (like the door lettering at the very top of this
The legal address lettering has been photographed from above and too far to its left. The amount of pre-production manipulation required to obtain the tampo films would probably cause the image to break down and to be of little, direct use.
The choice of camera CAN have a huge bearing on how
easy or difficult it is to photograph the images successfully.
Although this image looks to be a proper standard angle, it has been
taken slightly from above, though probably not too much of a problem
to correct to make the tampo films. In this case a digital SLR was
used to take the photograph requiring the photographer to bend down
near to ground level – not too easy for those of advancing years or
with a back injury to contend with.
Although useful to the manufacturer in showing
locations, the left hand image above would not be a suitable
starting point for the photographer to start taking detail close-ups
as the angle is oblique. The right-hand image should show where, in
relation to the subject matter, the photographer should stand to
obtain the close-up detail work and lettering.
The non-SLR digital camera (especially with a flip
screen) offers a better opportunity to get to “eye level” with the
detail that is to be photographed – either above head height, or
below waist or knee level. However, when using the telephoto
facility on this type of camera to “flatten” the angle to obtain
high level detail on a double-decker, the detail can break down once
the limits of the optical zoom is exceeded and the digital zoom
Photo (above left) taken with standard lens on Digital SLR but pointing upwards from too close to the subject, therefore at an oblique angle and NOT at STANDARD ANGLE. Quality of image is good but, in making the tampo films, this may suffer as the image has to be manipulated. Using a non-SLR digital camera above the photographer’s head (above right) would give a clear image and at a STANDARD ANGLE
Photo (above left) taken further away from subject but at full
telephoto zoom so image is slightly degraded – assisted by the
over-bright sunshine (a slightly clouded day can reduce contrast and
Angle (above right) is more flattened and suitable as a STANDARD ANGLE photograph
Although taken as a STANDARD ANGLE shot, the
photographer is too far from the door lettering for the image to be
CLEAR and WELL DEFINED when it has to be enlarged to make the tampo
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