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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Photographing your artwork

Tuesday's Message
Photographing your artwork,
Article IV

Good Morning,
Putting our artwork into contests online is sometimes hard. A lot of times entries can be rejected because our photos of our artwork are not the best quality. They can be blurry, off center or just have poor lighting and can not been seen well.
The best thing I did for myself was to buy a tripod for my camera. ( I'm a little shaky).
Here are some tips to take better photos of your artwork for sharing online or entering a contest.

1.To get the best possible image, take the picture using the most resolution.

2. A Flash will bounce off the painting, So if you can go outside use direct sunlight

3. Small or large painting, try to fill the camera lens with as much of the painting as you can. You can crop l later. I also use a level to make sure it is straight.

4. Use a backdrop. Black is best but white works well too.

5. Take several shots, using backdrops, indoors, outdoors etc. This way you will have more to choose from.

6. If your artwork is small you can scan it and get very good clear images that way.

Hope this was helpful and as always if you have tips on taking photos of your artwork feel free to share.
Jean Hart
ArtsCanyon Art Gallery

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