Here are some general instructions for photographing artwork:
- A digital camera or smartphone with a high-resolution camera
- Good lighting (natural or artificial)
- White balance card or gray card (optional)
- Image editing software (optional)
- Clean the artwork: Make sure that the artwork is clean and free of any dust, smudges, or fingerprints. Use a soft brush or cloth to remove any debris.
- Set up the artwork: Position the artwork on a flat surface, against a wall or an easel. Ensure the artwork is straight, level, and centered within the frame.
- Set up the camera: Place it on a tripod and position it directly in front of the artwork. Ensure that the camera is level and centered.
- Adjust the lighting: Use good lighting to illuminate the artwork. If photographing indoors, natural light from a window or lightbox is ideal. If using artificial light, ensure that the light is diffused and does not create any harsh shadows or reflections on the artwork. Use a white balance or gray card to provide accurate color representation.
- Set camera settings: Adjust the camera settings to capture the artwork. Use a low ISO setting to minimize noise and a small aperture (high f-stop number) to increase the depth of field. Shoot in RAW or high-quality JPEG format for best results.
- Take the photo: Use the camera timer or remote shutter release to avoid camera shake when taking the photo. Take multiple shots from different angles and distances to ensure you have the best possible images.
- Edit the image (optional): Use editing software to adjust the brightness, contrast, color, lens correction, and other settings. Crop the image to remove any unwanted background or framing elements. (PRO TIP: Keep your brightness low on your editing monitor)
- Save the image: Save the image in a high-resolution format (JPEG or TIFF) for printing or purposes.
Following these instructions should result in high-quality photographs of your artwork that accurately represent the colors and details of the original piece. Then, whenever you are ready to order prints, find a reputable print shop specializing in art reproduction, such as The Stackhouse, and use your new photographs to order prints.