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Richard B. Figlar

photographing text slides

I still use a SLR and need to give a talk on magnolias using 35mm slides. I need to include some text slides. I do this by creating the text on my printer, then photograph it. I always seem to have a problem getting the right exposure when I do this. Gay card doesn't seem to work. What's the best approach?

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3/8/2005 11:39:07 AM

Michael H. Cothran   Use a copy stand with an incident meter. Two lights of equal intensity on either side of the text sheet, each aiming down at a 45 degree angle. Read each light separately with the incident meter. When the readings are the same at all four corners of the sheet, and in the middle - shoot.
Michael H. Cothran

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3/8/2005 6:34:36 PM

Bob Cammarata
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/17/2003
  Use a piece of light blue paper as your background, select a dark color, and type your text boldly.
Use a tungsten-balanced slide film, and
Follow Michael's advice to illuminate the page evenly,...but over-expose the paper by a full stop. This will make the blue "disappear", and you will have a clear title transparency, which you can sandwich together with one of your existing slides. (Be sure to compose the shot of the text with the other slide in mind, so the writing will appear where you want it when you sandwich the two together.)

You may also want to explore the possibility of printing text directly onto transparency sheets, and cutting them to fit inside your slide mounts. (Not all printers are equipped to handle this, though.)

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3/9/2005 3:14:53 AM

Gregory LaGrange
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/11/2003
  Funny typo in the question.
But have you ever considered photographing the text on your monitor.

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3/9/2005 9:59:25 PM

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