How to make better photographs of your work

Often we come across photographs of art work that don’t do themselves any justice. They get lost in the internet jungle of images and don’t grab anyone’s attention. If you have a striking picture it will stand out against the rest and the viewer is more likely to remember it. Don’t forget, you only have one chance of a first impression. Once it’s out on the internet it is there for ever and ever.

What kind of camera
It depends what you want to use the images for. If you want to print your work on a poster, flyer or use it in a book, you need a camera that can take pictures with a high resolution. You can use a single lens reflex camera and make sure the setting is on high. If you just need good pictures to put your work on your website, social media or other internet areas, then a mobile phone is more than good enough.

What to look out for
1. Lighting
Whatever kind of camera you use, it is very important to have good lighting. Preferably use day light. Either go outside in the shade with your work and take a picture, or take a snap by a window taking care that you don’t have direct sunlight on your work.

2. Shadows and glare
Be careful not to create a shadow of yourself on the art work that you are taking a picture of. Also watch out for glare or any reflections on your work.

3. Keep it level
Make sure that you take the picture whilst being level with your work. Use an easel, kneel or sit down to be at the same level as your drawing or painting. Keep all sides square when you look into your view finder.

4. Editing your pictures
There are many art editing programs that you can download on to you phone or use on your computer. For instance Adobe Photoshop, Photo Editor, PicsArt, and many more. But using the option given to you on your smart phone also gives you plenty of options. You can adjust the light, square sides up, crop your image, you can even brighten the colours with a simple filter. Also see what effect changing the colour contrast will have on your photo. Don’t go overboard, but just tweak a little and see what the results are.

Best creative wishes,

Jean and Jocelyn