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PHOTOGRAPHING YOUR ART
When photographing your artwork for The Signature Arts site, here are a few tips to getting the best image.
1. Displaying your artwork
When at all possible, try and take all your images on a plain white background. Getting the best clear image is a very important part of documenting your work.
Once capturing your image, please avoid zooming in to crop before sending the image to us. This will effect the overall quality and cause your image to blur. Do not worry too much about your background, if you cannot photograph your art on a plain wall, I am happy to edit your image for you and remove the background using photoshop which will keep the quality of your image high.
If you are framing your own artwork, I highly recommend taking your photos before placing them behind glass. Place your art in the frame with no glass to take your photo as this will prevent any glare and reflections.
Please photograph your work in-front of a plain background with nothing distracting the image. It is harder to edit out backgrounds of 3D sculptural work so by staging your art correctly first will enable you to capture the most professional finish.
2. Light your work properly
Getting the correct lighting is one of the most important parts of taking photographs of your artwork. If your photographs are taken in a dull or a too bright lighting space, this could result in the colours of your images being inaccurate or effect the sharpness of your photographs. You don't need expensive photography lights to take good quality images of your artwork, here are two different ways to capture the best form of light.
Using Natural Light
Natural light outdoors can be a great way to capture your work, as long as the light in indirect. Cloudy or overcast days provide the best lighting for your art as it forms an even light balance around the artwork, (very similar to using softbox studio lights). If you are shooting indoors, make sure to do so in a room with plenty of windows and natural light on a bright day.
Using Softbox Lights
Softbox lights can be purchased at a reasonable price online from such places like Amazon. For best results when taking photographs of your wall art, position your lights at a 45 degree angle to the artwork and adjust them to the same height to avoid any shadows being created above or below the piece. Try to avoid placing the lights too close to the artwork as this could create a glare on the edges of your piece.
For small sculptural pieces, table-top photography light boxes are also an ideal way to capture a great image.
These two different types of indoor photography lights are a very inexpensive way of getting a good quality image of your artwork.
The better the camera, the better the image, however you don't always need an expensive camera to take a good quality photo. You can also take a great photo with a good quality mobile phone. Please avoid using tablet devises to take your images as the camera quality is not as high as most mobile phones.
If you have the luxury of a professional camera please use it and experiment with your settings. Most digital camera have a white balance control on the camera body or within its settings. Using this setting is a great first step to capturing the correct colours and ensuring that the whites in your image are white.
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