Jump to content

Tattoo photography


Recommended Posts

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!

Koi and Lotus Half.jpg

Edited by Hands On
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.


  • Create New...