How to take the perfect pictures of your artworks!
Updated: Apr 22
We have put together some guidelines for photographing your artwork, so you can have some advice when taking pictures of your artwork and also for when sending your artwork to professionals or even to upload on your website or portfolio:
1. Hang your art on the wall
Find a neutral coloured wall (white, black, grey) and hang your work at a height where the middle of the art is parallel to the location of the camera or cell phone, we recommend that the camera or phone is securely on top of a table or other surface, or on a tripod if you have one (if you don't have a tripod ask someone to hold your art for you).
2. Light your artwork correctly
If you are photographing your work indoors, do it in a room with lots of windows and natural light, try shooting close to a window or door without shading your artwork. Some artists also like to photograph their work outdoors when it is cloudy, as indirect sunlight provides the best lighting. Natural light can be a beautiful way to photograph your work, as long as it is indirect.
3. Shooting time!
- Open the camera app on your phone or get your camera ready on a tripod and make sure the angle is correct.
- Put your camera on timer mode as it will make sure that the picture won't come out shaky. Tap your phone screen where your artwork is, to make sure your artwork is in focus or if you using a camera do the same with the settings in the camera.
- Now take the picture!
- If you don't have a tripod ask someone to hold your art for you and take a few pictures to make sure you get the perfect one.
After taking your picture is important to crop it correctly so no background is on show and it will not distract the person looking your artwork.
- Using your camera editing settings or any other computer program you use to edit your photos. Click on the cropping mode and crop it as close as possible until where you can see only the artwork, you can also use the straightening mode to make sure your art is straight and in the right angle.
5. Editing time (if needed)
If you don't have an outside space or good natural lighting in your house you can do some tricks doing some editing. Once you have the picture taken you can use your phone camera editing settings to edit with these 3 very simple steps, see below:
1. Add 'exposure' if your photo is a little dark. We opt here for +9.
2. Add 'contrast' to darken the dark/black tones in the picture, this usually gives more dept to the picture. We did +30.
3. Add 'sharpness' to make the picture more vivid. We opt here for +14.
4. Save and send it out!
As simple as that and you are done! Now you are ready to upload to any website and send it to potential clients. The simple details are the ones that will make your artwork stand out from the crowd!
Thank you everyone! Comment below if this helped you or if you have any questions!
All Visual Arts team