Photographing Your Artwork

 

PHOTOGRAPHING YOUR ARTWORK

An accurate and high quality image is essential to assessing the artwork you are submitting. Remember, when submitting your work for exhibitions, the jury has only this image to decide whether your work will be included, so make sure your image is the best it can be. Submissions may require a higher resolution image than web-sized files.  Here are a few tips to help you get the most accurate image of your artwork.

 

·      Set your camera to the highest resolution, ie: Large file size and fill the frame with your image without cutting off any of the edges.

·      Choose ‘Landscape’ in your camera’s auto-scene settings or f11 in Aperture priority.

·      Shoot your artwork outside, ideally in bright hazy conditions (early morning or later in the day are often ideal times). Avoid strong sunlight since that may cause bright spots and shadows. Indoor lighting may be insufficient and may change the colour of your painting. Avoid strong directional lighting as this may create bright, uneven spots.

·      Try to hold your camera parallel to the canvas, pay attention to horizon lines and keep the camera as square to the painting as possible.

·      Using a tripod helps eliminate shake and will result in a sharper image.

·      Crop your photo so only the image of the painting shows, without any of the frame or accessories. If you have Photoshop or similar editing software, you may be able to correct tilted images in the Lens Correction Filter (be sure to flatten the image prior to sending if it results in an additional layer).

·      Sculptures should include at least two images of the artwork. Be sure to include enough to show the jury what the work looks like from all angles you will show.

·      File Sizes: Size your files at 300 pixels/inch, 1024 pixels maximum on the longest side of the image, no larger than 2 MB per image

·      Label your files: FirstName_LastName_Title_Exhibition

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