You handle your camera very well in these photos, Mike.
It looks good, providing you don't have to lean forward to reach your writing area. If it is too far forward it will make it difficult to control your pen movements and letter shapes but, worse, it will cause you to have back prob;ems not good!
The tilt decision is a very personal one. Try a few different tilts and stick with what feels most comfortable to you. just make sure that you can easily move your paper around as you wriie.
Mike, I truly believe that you should be looking around for a scanner. A printer with an inbuilt scanner is ideal and they can be bought quite cheaply nowadays directly from computer stores, discount stores, online or e-bay. The amount of calligraphy that you are aiming to become involved with suggests that you will saving an incredible amount of time, getting impeccably sharp results and having a permanent facility for scanning, photo-copying, making permanent print-outs of your better works, even faxing (if you are into that thing), printing scanned Christmas Cards, etc. Do please consider it. It is not a luxury but a wonderful Easter present for yourself.
I can't find the image with me standing beside it but here is the work itself. The largest pen I could buy was a 1" Coit so I made my own 2" from a strip of balsa and then worked with the Coit over it. The work is on a 6ft length of Stonehenge paper pounced well with gum sandarac to get crisp edges. I set up an outdoors BBQ table at a slope over the chairs so that I could stand and work, whilst being able to slide the paper up or down to suit my reach.
It was commissioned to be a presentation as a wall hanging in an Historic Museum. Can you imagine the challenge with that 4ft tail of the G
. I note now that the space between the O
in JOHN LISTER is a little too much. But I am very happy with the open spacing in FIRST PAYABLE.