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Postby dkosorio » Tue Jan 31, 2012 7:05 pm

Hello all, I seem to have trouble photographing my paintings to make them look their best. How do you all photograph your artworks, especially to put on the web? Any details, tips or tricks would be appreciated.

BTW, I am looking into getting a professional to shoot them all, but I'm wondering if there is a better way in the meantime.

Thanks, DK
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Re: Photographing art

Postby johnwalkeasy » Sat Feb 18, 2012 7:03 pm

Well you'll always have nicer photos if you take the pictures outside without a flash. Noontime when the sun is in the middle of the sky is the best time.
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Re: Photographing art

Postby satanfriendly » Sun Feb 19, 2012 6:56 am

All noted there and a good tip. You are not alone here as I have had problems trying to capture the colours correctly. They always seem to dull.
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Re: Photographing art

Postby Singular » Sun Feb 19, 2012 10:59 am

John is right. But if you can't do it outside, you really need some photo editing software so that you can adjust your levels. Unless, of course, you can get some full spectrum light bulbs.
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Re: Photographing art

Postby dkosorio » Tue Feb 21, 2012 1:33 pm

Thank you all for the advice. I did try outside, but I need to get out there when the sun is overhead, as John noted. Too many shadows otherwise.
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Re: Photographing art

Postby C.nick » Sat Feb 25, 2012 4:31 am

I normally get a glare when I try to photograph at high noon. What I normally do is take photos when it’s just getting dusk and edit the levels on a photo editor program to take out the blueness. Has anyone else found that noon brings too much light?
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Re: Photographing art

Postby aiesha » Thu May 24, 2012 5:38 am

Pay attention to how much light you have and where it's coming from when taking your photos. If you're shooting outdoors, be careful not to take photos of a person when the sun is at their back. If you're grabbing a photo in front of a monument or landmark and don't have the flexibility to adjust your position you can use the camera's flash to fill in shadows. You may have to manually activate the flash, as there's a good chance that the camera will think that it's unnecessary on a bright day.
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Re: Photographing art

Postby ninuca » Tue Jul 10, 2012 8:08 am

OUTSIDE - it works especially
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Re: Photographing art

Postby ivo55 » Thu Aug 02, 2012 4:52 am

Well I agree with all of you, however having a professional camera will help a lot to improve the photo.


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Re: Photographing art

Postby johnlobbs » Fri Dec 21, 2012 9:19 am

Photographing art is a skill. Photographing your artwork is the first step to digital printing for artists. While photographing artwork does not require a huge amount of gear, there are a few things that are necessities if you want the best results.
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