This photography lesson will concentrate on helping you to photograph your artwork in use in advertising, portfolio's, brochures, and even prints. I've discussed using your camera in photographing your own reference material. You can check that out here at "Going beyond fruit and flowers".
This article will concentrate on what you should do to get that perfect shot of your work!
First off, shooting oil painting is just plain hard. It's like shooting art work that is behind glass. Lots of reflections and glare to consider. It is difficult, but not impossible. These are the techniques I use, and why.
I don't consider myself a professional photographer, but I do feel I'm proficient enough to produce my own limited edition prints from the photo's I do take. And I've been doing it for years.
So let's get started with this photography lesson on shooting your own work!
As stated before, oil paintings are shiny. so to start with, get yourself a CPL filter lens for your camera. It's discussed in detail here which digital camera features are needed for the artist.
If your camera can't fit one, don't sweat it! The procedures below will eliminate most except the most very stubborn glare that will usually be found in the very corners of your shot, and can be cleaned up using some form of Photo Shop software.
As you can see, there is no direct sunlight on the piece being photographed.
Once you're done, you should have at least 3 or more shots of your work that will require very little touch-up and cropping! I'm glad you stuck with me through this photography lesson on shooting your own work. It may just save you a bundle in fees!
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