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Old Jul 21, 2013, 11:44 PM   #1
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Default I need help in photographing CD covers

I have a Panasonic DMC TZ5 and I am trying to get some good pictures of my CD covers. Somehow they are distorted and I don't know what I am doing wrong. I use forced flash off, and have used the automatic setting, the normal picture setting and also food scene. Somehow they are still lop sided. Please help.

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Old Jul 22, 2013, 8:25 AM   #2
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The problem seems to be framing, not exposure. Use a tripod or copy stand to hold the camera steady once you get the cover lined up, then use the self timer or a remote to reduce camera shake.
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In addition, since the CD Covers are glossy, you need to be careful of light sources that could reflect off the CD Cover.

If you've got a scanner or All-in-One Printer/Copier/Scanner, you might be better off scanning the CD Covers instead of photographing them.
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Hi thanks for your responses, I tried scanning and that works but very slow and doesn't work for ebay. I need the pictures for ebay and they need to be jpeg. So that won't work.
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Your scanner can't make JPEG images?

I think that's unlikely, and even if it's true, there are other programs, some of which are free, that can convert whatever image files you're getting into JPEG files.

And if it's taking too long, it's possible that the resolution is set too high. Anything higher than 100dpi is a waste for images that will only be displayed online.
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Old Jul 23, 2013, 7:37 AM   #6
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'google' copy camera stand
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The best set-up is at the end of this message -- much better than the cardboard box types. I used 3/4 inch pvc for my box. In the YouTube video she recommends 1/2 inch.

Go to YouTube and enter the following line in the search box. You will be a happy camper indeed:

How to make a Light Tent - Tutorial

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