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Author Topic: Tips on taking photos of our artwork for posting on Paintbasket  (Read 1899 times)


  • Easel
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Using the camera timer's a big assist as is using a tripod and getting the angle right.  I also have the work horizontal in a 'landscape' position to take advantage of the larger horizontal aspect of my camera's digital view finder.  Don't use flash, as others mentioned, as it can generate glare.

If you are taking a photograph of a work which has a coating like Liquin which reflects light, coat the work with Buttermilk.  I've not tried this suggestion as I don't drink the stuff.

There's another suggestion, which I do use, as it evenly lights the work.  Wait for early evening when the shadows are out.  Place the work facing your house or a building within the shadow.  Use your camera on a tripod with the work's longest side horizontal, match the angle while using your camera's timer and take the photograph.
The time it (a work) takes is the time it takes.


  • Easel
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I use my smartphone but I take care to get a little more than the painting into the frame. That allows me to check that the camera isn't tilted or twisted on an axis which causes a lot of distortion. I've also thought about fiddling with the zoom on it as the standard lens is a little bit wide angle and can cause a "Fish Eye" effect to a small extent. Backing away from the picture and using a small amount of zoom might get rid of that
I take pictures outside both in natural light and with flash. I usually take about 5 to 10 pictures and move the painting from one place to another, standing it up, laying it down etc.,
When I'm done I'll download them to the computer and review them. I'll crop the best 2 or 3 then make a selection from those for my post to PB.
Don't draw more in the morning than you can erase in the afternoon (Old Draughtsman's saying)


  • Paint Brush
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The best way I have found to photograph my painting (and I don't always do it this way) is to put the painting on the floor and shoot with camera straight down, not off at any angle that way... seems to work well.

Then I have to downsize my photos by 25% at website Nolan gave me

Then I post them to this site.
Sue   ;-)

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