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does this come with additional filters to increase/decrease the contrast of the image? How does it perform outdoors for buildings and landscapes?
The Camera Lucida is the ideal tool to enable you to draw a still life without taking your eyes off your paper. Ideal for use with an easel, it uses mirrors to superimpose an optical image of the subject onto the paper allowing the artist to sketch the key points, aiding in dimensions and perspective.
It does not come with any additional filters. It is a simple unit using mirrors and light.
For the best effects good strong lighting on the subject helps makes a clearer superimposed image on the paper, which will appear like a ghost image on the paper.
You can use in a landscape it works best in a good light giving stronger contrasts. I have tried this outside and have found that you can get a fairly good image some fine detail is lost but you can get correct proportions and positioning of objects.
Can this be used to copy from a photograph?
Thank you for your enquiry, Camera Lucida uses mirrors to reflect an object on to the paining surface where you can use the reflected image as a guide for drawing or painting.
The Camera Lucida is not really designed of photographs. If you are looking for a tool which you can use to copy a photograph there are a number of options.
Light Box – this can be used to shine a bright light through sheets of paper enabling you to to trace around the image. (it is best to use a copy of a photograph to allow the light to shine through)
Projector – these can be used to enlarge or reduce the size of the original image. The image is reflected on to the support allowing you to be able to trace down the image. For best result work in a darken room
You can use a photograph but it is better to use a copy)
Tracedown – this wax free transfer paper can be used very much like carbon paper to transfer and image onto a surface (you need to use a copy to transfer your image)
Scale Dividers - These scale dividers will help you transfer measurements from life, photographs and sketches with ease…achieving accurate proportions every time.
Hope this information helps, Kind regards