In this video demonstration, we display how to set up the Apollo Infrared Reflectography camera from unboxing through to assembly and image acquisition.
Assembly of the Apollo takes only a few minutes, with all the equipment required fitting snugly inside its robust flight case.
Once the camera is assembled and secured on a tripod, it’s time to determine its optimum distance from the painting or object. This is made simple with the use of the Apollo’s Parameters Calculator, which is free to download from our website. Measure the longest edge of your painting or object in meters and input the figure into the ‘Field’ box in the Calculator. The minimum distance required will be displayed in the ‘Object Distance’ box. You might like to set the camera slightly further away to give yourself a small border (and a little flexibility).
With the camera, your computer and lighting rig set up and switched on, it’s time to focus the camera. Apollo’s software takes away the guess work with its live image preview, fast focus mode and numerical focus guide.
Once in focus, you are ready to take a full image. Simply select the area you wish to capture and press the play button.
After a few moments, the software calculates the estimated time left for the advanced imaging software to seamlessly stitch together the thousands of tiles Apollo’s area sensor has captured.
The software’s adjustable histogram allows you to get the most out of the high dynamic range of the camera, giving you the option to save the image with the current or full range of values in 16-bit image format, output to Tiff, PNG, FIT (or 8-bit JPEG).
We hope that you find the video informative, and that it provides you with insight into how user friendly the Apollo is and how it could be a good fit for your imaging studio.