How to photograph your artwork

SETTINGS OF THE CAMERA

  • Put camera in "manual" operation
  • Set ISO to100 or 200
  • Turn flash off
  • Put white balance in “shade” positon
  • Make sure your camera is shooting in maximum pixel size
  • If possible, use a tripod to prevent shaking the camera while taking the picture
  • Adjust zoom to the middle position, not completely in or out

POSITIONING

  • The artwork must be positioned in parallel with the lense of the camera
  • Use a clean and simple background, preferably white
  • Pull back and make sure that the artwork fits fully into the picture with equal borders
  • Keep only a small space around the edges of your frame
  • Position the camera horizontally or vertically to match the orientation of the canvas

LIGHT

By shooting with sufficient light, you will prevent blurred pictures when shooting hand-held.

        SHOOTING In a room 
  • Position 2 (studio) lights to the left and to the right of the painting in a 45° angle from the artwork at the same height of your camera
  • Do not mix room lights with studio lights (put shining lights off )
  • Make sure your light sources do not cause shadows or reflections
        
        shooting Outside 
  • Use daylight and avoid direct sunlight on the painting     (a cloudy day may be perfect)

 

PICTURES

  • Take several shots of your artwork
  • Sign your artwork before taking a picture

 

PROCESSING

  • Process your picture with standard image processing software like Picasa, iPhoto or Photoshop
  • Crop your photo to the size of the artwork itself without the frame or background
  • If necessary improve colour settings and brightness of the picture
  • Save as a jpeg in maximum quality
  • Upload the cropped picture to Onsitegallery via the "ADD ART" link

 

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