Fiorella Lattaruli’s Reflective Paper Image ITC Method
Fiorella Lattaruli has over twenty three years experience in ITC and she excels at receiving contacts using reflective laminated paper. Reflective Paper ITC is just one of the types of ITC that Fiorella practices and her results are fantastic.
Fiorella’s Reflective Paper ITC set-up is a fairly simple one that anyone who practices ITC can do in their own home very cheaply.
Fiorella’s set-up consists of a 60x40cm (2’x1.25′) wooden board, although a wooden (or Styrofoam) board of a larger or smaller size would easily work as well. Affixed to this board is laminated silver paper (silver on one side, white on the other – not kitchen aluminum foil!) with tape on one side to stretch out the paper across the board. Between the board and the surface it rests upon, be it a table or counter top, Fiorella places a white towel and then rests the board at a slight angle against a white wall. She has found that replacing the laminated paper every two weeks or so is best for reception of the instrumental contacts.
When taking Reflective Paper ITC photos, Fiorella uses natural daylight that comes in and shines upon the paper. She sits across from the board at a distance of 1.5m to 2m (approximately 4′-6′) and observes the paper through her tablet camera (currently a Samsung 7.0). She slowly moves the tablet back and forth until she sees an image start to form then she snaps a photo. She takes the utmost precautions to ensure that her image is not reflecting upon the silvery laminate.
Fiorella stresses that the whiter your environment is during the photo shoot, the better your ITC images will be. There should be no colors reflecting upon your laminate. Through the use of silver laminate, sunlight and time, the images may still wind up with their own colors.
Her sessions last about ten minutes and during that time Fiorella usually snaps at least forty photos. Out of the forty she takes, only five to ten photos are usable as the rest will often be blurred or lack clarity. Every session she hopes that one of the few photos she keeps will present a contact face or image.
Patience is necessary as waiting is requires before contacts will make themselves known and they often morph into other faces. She addresses the entities during the sessions and asks them to appear in the silver laminate for a photograph. Fiorella mentions how she observes the paper and often times around the time a contact appears, the paper will move ever so slightly on its own accord as if being manipulated. Like most people who work with ITC, Fiorella speaks to how you can feel when contact is being made and when images will appears.
Once Fiorella has captured a solid Reflective Paper ITC image, she uses Microsoft Picture Manager to adjust contrast and brightness when necessary. If the photo requires noise reduction, she will use software called Free Photo Noise Reduction. Occasionally, she will be presented with half of a face or image and in these cases Fiorella will use symmetry software to complete the image.
If you would like to purchase the foil for your own ITC experimentation, Fiorella recommends this paper found on Amazon.