You all know that I'm far from expert in the field of paperweight identification. I'm equally inexpert in photography, but I can be awfully stubborn when I'm on a project. :!:
I have a Canon S1 IS digital camera (needed the big optical zoom for a trip to Alaska a few years ago). I suspect however, that the ability to shoot photos through the computer (I'll get to that) probably is available with the software that comes with lots of cameras.
I started taking pictures of paperweights the "old-fashioned way" - brightly lit room with as few reflections on the weight as possible, hold the camera as steady as possible and shoot. With enough shots of the paperweight, I was likely to get some satisfactory shots.
The next big step was when I figured out that I'd be better off with the camera on a solid surface rather than hand-held. I further refined this trick by setting the shutter on a 2 second delay. That way I could press the button and get the *&%*&^$& away from the camera before it took the shot. This technique also let me play around with setting exposures and f-stop (yeah, I guess it's an archaic term, but I'm an archaist).
The problem with all of the above was that I would shoot 2 or 3 or 50 or 60 shots, then download to the computer and start eliminating and editing. Invariably I'd realize that there was another angle I should have or I really wasn't happy with the shots. Go back to step 1.....
A couple of weeks ago, I discovered the mother lode: :shock: :lol: I can hook the camera up to the computer, take the pictures using the mouse, have them immediately load into the computer, and be able to see each shot immediately
! :shock: In the Canon world, this shows up in the interface software as a tab marked "REMOTE".
HALLELUJAH!! I HAVE SEEN THE LIGHT!!
:lol: :shock: :shock:
My latest revelation is that I can return the Klieg lights to the rental center. Working with just a low level of ambient light, setting the f-stop to 2.8 (as low as it will go) and using exposures anywhere from 1/10 second to 2 or 3 or more seconds, I'm now getting photos that ACTUALLY look like the paperweight. AND
since I see the photo on the screen immediately, I can immediately decide what to try next.
Look forward to learning what others out there have found!