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How does one photograph a large painting in order to make prints?

As often, the requirements you've been given are internally inconsistent. 150 pixels per inch for a 30″×40″ photo would be 4500×6000 pixels, smaller than their stated dimensions. 300 PPI would be ...
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How does one photograph a large painting in order to make prints?

I have had some experience with photographing paintings to make prints and I can say that, unless you have good skill with photography, photo editing, color-correction and lighting you are in for a ...
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How does one photograph a large painting in order to make prints?

I believe I might have to photograph the artwork in sections and then somehow stitch it together in GIMP or Photoshop or whatever software would do the job. Don't waste your time doing that by hand ...
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Why is this picture not a photograph?

Just looking at a picture does not tell you if it is a photo or not. A definition of a photograph is that an image (graphy) must be formed by photons (photo). In the case of the plane, the reason ...
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Can a DSLR take a better photo (less blurry and less noisy) of artworks than a Point and Shoot Camera (Nikon B500)?

There's an old saying about photography: Gear doesn't matter. While true, it is only part of the fuller truth: Gear doesn't matter... until it does. What that means is that better gear won't make ...
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How does one photograph a large painting in order to make prints?

Studio Art major here who was required to do this exact task several times for my portfolio in order to graduate. Basically everyone here is correct and you should just pay to have it done by a ...
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How does one photograph a large painting in order to make prints?

Call up your local copy shop and see if they have a large format scanner. Found a random old blog post (not mine) explaining the process: Both Kinkos locations in Anchorage have high quality rolltop ...
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What is this print called and how to create it?

That are actually 3 questions: How to create a black background? What do I need to get photos with a unifom black background (not with post)? What is the ...
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How to find an angle and a distance for clicking picture of a distorted artwork to achieve 3D effect?

As this is the photography forum I will try to make a good approach using one. You need a camera with some kind of live view preferable. Get a tripod and position your camera pointing to the sheet of ...
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How does one photograph a large painting in order to make prints?

At 150DPI (*), the 3:2 format that contains all your picture is 30Mpix (30²×1.5×150²=30375000), so within what modern DSLR/Mirrorless cameras can do. So you can spare yourself a lot of grief and post-...
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Can a DSLR take a better photo (less blurry and less noisy) of artworks than a Point and Shoot Camera (Nikon B500)?

It isn't so much the camera body itself (that's just a sensor) -- it's more about the lens (photographer's understanding of the task is always important as well). Mostly what the DSLR camera body ...
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How can I keep lines straight when taking photos of my artwork for printing reproduction?

Make sure you are taking the photo exactly straight on with the optical center of the camera aligned to the center of the artwork. Imaging a line passing perpendicular to the camera sensor going ...
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What are the best practices for taking pictures of a canvas?

Set-up tip for photocopying: To ensure that you are exactly perpendicular to the surface of the artwork to minimize distortion, put a small "make-up" mirror at or on the surface of the artwork. ...
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How can I keep lines straight when taking photos of my artwork for printing reproduction?

The optical center of the lens must also be perpendicular to the plane occupied by the 2D artwork. Simple to achieve with a small mirror placed flat on the artwork. Only when you see your lens ...
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How can I keep lines straight when taking photos of my artwork for printing reproduction?

Use a longer prime lens. The 50mm f1.8 comes to mind (it is a short tele for a crop camera, such ad the 700D). Canon lens don't come any cheaper, and this one has hardly any barrel distortion (design ...
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How does one photograph a large painting in order to make prints?

You have not defined your lens focal length. The longest the better, the better quality the better. Take a look at this setup: What focal length is best for photography of rugs? To squeeze more ...
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Why is this picture not a photograph?

The usual clues are mistakes in lighting effects. It is very difficult to freehand draw and get the geometry of shadows, highlights, and the like completely consistent. Another common "error" of ...
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How does one photograph a large painting in order to make prints?

What is missing in your post is the required quality you need. You will have : light issues : what color temperature you want and how you achieve it (2 normalized projectors would be needed) colour ...
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How does one photograph a large painting in order to make prints?

Just a short answer with an alternative suggestion. I had great success with Image Composite Editor from Microsoft. It's completely free, although you need Windows. It tries to auto detect how did you ...
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How does one photograph a large painting in order to make prints?

If you know someone with a good medium format film scanner the minimums should be achievable with one 6x6 or larger exposure. So the requirements might be old standards originally written towards ...
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How to create a photo/art project of one type of object in many sizes?

Here are some ideas. Just fix the camera in one spot and put the objects on a marked spot on your background. Frame for the biggest one. (the smallest ones can be really tiny on the frame) Use some ...
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How to find an angle and a distance for clicking picture of a distorted artwork to achieve 3D effect?

Distance depends on focal length. Instead of taking a photo, you can achieve the same result by scanning the picture and applying a perspective transform in Gimp/Photoshop. This is likely going to be ...
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Can a DSLR take a better photo (less blurry and less noisy) of artworks than a Point and Shoot Camera (Nikon B500)?

The sample images cannot be evaluated for focus or noise because they have been resized to about 10% of the original. The rest of my response is based on your textual description. ... those spots ...
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Is this image (dated 1868) a photograph or a painting?

This is probably a photograph, or a scan of a copy of a copy of a photograph, at least. There's nothing particularly that jumps out as not being consistent with that. And, on the other hand, an almost-...
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