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Anyone have some tips or link to taking decent photos of tattoos?  Taking pics on extremities with their cylindrical shape is giving me fits.

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I've never joined photos to make one connected image, but I've taken rotating shots and put them together to show the various angles.

Taking the Pics:

  • this is obviously easiest if you have someone taking pics for you.
    • have them stand at the same location as you rotate, to get the same lighting.
    • pay attention to the distance from the camera to the tattoo - try to keep size and location consistent
  • if you're taking shots solo
    • set the camera on a level surface that frames your piece well
    • set the timer and take as many shots as your camera will do on timer
    • same as above - stand at the right distance from the camera and slowly rotate
  • take more shots that you need.
    • digital pics are free!
    • check out the set and redo as needed. be patient.
    • later, when you edit, you can choose the best ones that work well to show the piece as a whole

I've never tried this, but you might also be able to just take a video, then take stills from the video.

Editing the Pics

  • Choose the best shots that show a good rotation
  • Crop each shot at the same height locations of the tattoo - in this example, top of arm to bottom of half sleeve
  • Resize each image to be the same height
  • Adjust values of each image, to be as consistent as possible
  • Save
  • Open a blank file and insert each shot in the rotation
  • Align to fit
  • Crop if needed
  • Adjust values as a whole rotated image, if needed

This is pretty amateur, but it's good enough for my needs.I've got nothing on ATAK. If you haven't already, check out Bloodwork: Sleeves and Bodies.

Hope this helps!

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Edited by Hands On

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