Copy Stand Tutorial

Using the Copy Stand to Photograph Oversized Artwork

Copy stand provides a great way to photograph 2d (flat) oversized art work, in addition it can be used as a tool for stop animation. Here is how to use it: 

Image of the Copy Stand in the ARL space 

Image of the of the Copy Stand mount for camera Image of the back of the Copy Stand where the screw for the camera mount is located


  • Attach your camera to the mount for a stable picture. The front of the mount will have a screw sticking out to align with the bottom of your camera (on left). Using the mount screw, affix your camera to the mount by turning the crew on the back end of the mount (on right). 

Image shown of Copy Stand hand crank for raising and lowering the height of the camera.

  • Using the hand crank, adjust the height of the camera mount in relation to your photo subject. 

Image of Copy Stand light switch for lamp Image of Copy Stand Light control box

  •  Locate the lighting switches on the Copy Stand and flip them into the ON position. 

Image of Copy Stand light dimmer control knob

  • Locate the light dimmer control knobs to adjust the lighting for your subject.
  • Make sure to light your subject evenly to avoid washed out or dark areas. Remember that the brightest lighting is not always the best lighting

REMEMBER TO TURN THE LIGHTS OFF WHEN YOU LEAVE! Please use caution! The lights can get VERY hot!