For history projects, I occasionaly need to photograph original photographs, documents and other such “flat art.” The museums/libraries/archives that possess the originals will usually allow me use a small, unobtrusive tripod + camera arrangement; but they frown on my using a flash – which is fine by me.
My question is: what non-flash artificial light source is best to use for my purposes?
Yesterday I did an experiment. While indoors, I shot some flat art using a roll of (Kodak Max) film. I illuminated the subject with 1. not-too-bright sunlight from a window 2. a standard household filament-type incandescent light bulb, and 3. one of those new-fangled, energy-saving screw-in “flourescent-type” bulbs.
The sunlit shots came out great (colors dead-on and nice white whites); but, all the bulb-lit shots were too yellowish.
So is there a type of bulb I can use that will give me true-color shots? I’m basically looking for a bulb that screws into a standard socket – I’ve got one of those clamp-on fixtures with a big shiny metal reflector.
Note: I’m looking to do this on the cheap and without too much hassle, so please don’t steer me to expensive, specialized equipment if it can be avoided. And if there is a “poor man’s substitute” tell me that too. (Like, if there’s a hardware store version is almost as good as the professional photorapher’s brand – but half the price – let me know). Please don’t hesitate to be as specific (brands, wattages, suppliers) as possible.
Thank you, thank you, thank you.