I just feel a little overwhelmed with the idea, though.
Lighting, focussing, arg!!! So, my questions are these: if I
was to find a photographer, what should I look for (for decent
pictures at decent prices), and if I was to take the pictures
myself, is there any great wisdom that anyone can share?
I photograph my students work for them most successfully and I am
in no way trained as a photographer! First of all, I would suggest
looking up a real beginner’s guide in the library and this should
give you some pointers.
To photograph the work, I build a tent out of thin white cotton.
The tent goes round the piece(s) and the flash unit goes outside
this tent. I set the flash unit to a normal exposure, ie: what I
would use if I were just photographing stuff without the tent.
I use an ordinary 35mm SLR with a 50mm lens and stop it down to as
small an aperture as I can.
Poke the lens through the tent and focus and take your picture.
The small aperture means that you will not need to be so accurate
on focus and the flash means that you will not have to worry about
camera shake (no tripod).
I take all my photographs on slide film: the colour saturatuion is
better, as is the lattitude (the margin for error) and they
reproduce better, although prints from slides are a bit more
expensive than prints from negatives.
Usually, I will photograph the pieces three times: once at the
’correct’ exposure and once at one stop over exposed and once at
one stop under exposed.
I hope that this gives you some ideas. This all works for me.
As I said, I am NOT a photographer and if anyone else has ideas,
they could well be better!