Photographing Your Art. A how-to guide. A bit about digital cameras…. Pixels : the light-sensing dots on a camera’s electronic sensor that compose a digital photo. Resolution : the number of pixels in a photo, which affects a picture’s overall clarity.
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A how-to guide
Shoot your piece straight on and not from an angle to avoid perspective distortion.
First, square up your piece in the camera’s viewfinder. Then tweak the results on the back viewing screen.
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Use the camera’s program (P) mode
Use a low ISO number (100 ISO or lower)
Use the highest resolution possible
Set the camera’s white balance
Set the optimal zoom lens to a moderate telephoto setting
If you are photographing several pieces, first arrange them by size.
If the piece that you are photographing is large, it is probably best to photograph it outside.
Take more than one shot of each piece and vary your camera’s settings, especially when you are first attempting this. Take notes on what works and what does not for the future.
For precise color reproduction, place a Kodak “Color Control Patch” along the edge of your piece. Be sure to include it in the picture you take for reference.
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This presentation is from Visual Art Exchange’s “Business of Being an Artist” educational series. For more information, visit www.visualartexchange.org.