I know pretty much nothing about photography so have come looking for some guidance on technique and equipment required.
I want to take a photo of the underside of a tray, which is 130 by 90 millimetres.
I expect I need some kind of clamp/tripod equivalent that allows the camera to be positioned directly under the tray aimed directly skywards.
The tray may be slightly damp and drip, therefore I thought a rugged waterproof camera might be a good choice.
Additionally, the tray will be held at a predefined distance from the camera each time, thus the setup will be static.
Ideally, I would like to trigger the camera To take the photo from software on a pc... Using it slightly like a web cam? Or perhaps a remote control, but have the image detectable I editable by the pc.
The underside of the tray will have up to 100 2d barcodes.... Decoding them from the image is the end goal, and thus a sharp clear image is essential
Although I know nothing about photography this project is for a very good cause and I would appreciate any input.
I have not selected a camera yet, so I am open to any advice, my total budget is around 1500 dollars however coming in below this would be better.
To hold the tray, I expected to fabricate some kind of stand that would sit above the camera. I suspect that the button would need to be cut out, rather than Perspex as the tray will be at a very low temperature and would cause condensation on any surface in direct contact.