Photographing Your Artwork (courtesy Donald Gollan)


Before You Begin

·     Great photos can be taken with more recent mobile phone cameras, iPads, etc. If you prefer to use a camera, that’s fine, if you are familiar with its’ settings. A tripod may be useful to avoid camera shake, as would setting the timer function. Don’t use any flash.

·     Good daylight will provide the best results, so choose a location with good natural light. House lighting may give a yellowish tinge, or cause shadows, which will spoil your photo. We want to keep the original colours of your artwork.

·     Ideally, your artwork should not be framed. Trying to photograph a picture behind glass is extremely difficult to do without getting any reflections. We would prefer all submitted images to exclude the frames, or any distracting background. Crop the image if necessary.

·     If your painting is on paper, it should be as flat as possible in order the get the best photograph. This is less important for a crit night for example, than it would be if the photo was for an online exhibition. 

·     Check that your camera lens is clean, no fingerprints or dust that will affect the outcome.

·     If you have any difficulty taking photos, is there a family member or friend, who can assist?


File Size

At this particular time, this isn’t an issue. We should be able to use whatever standard size your device has used.


Placing Your Artwork

·     Best if laid flat on a tabletop or even on the floor. If leaning over, take care to avoid creating a shadow.

·     If the painting is lying up against something, at an angle, you have to ensure the camera is at the at the same angle, ie. parallel to the painting.

·     Take several shots and choose the best.

Review The Photo

·     Is it in focus?

·     Is it at the correct angle, not tilted in any way? This should be easily observed as the edges will appear different lengths.

·     Does the image need rotated slightly by editing, or is it easier to take another photo?

·     If editing, be careful, as playing with brightness, contrast, colour, hues, etc. may have a detrimental effect.

·     If the image includes the picture frame, see if it can be cropped out to leave just your artwork.


Name Your Photo

Include your own name so that we know who it belongs to, and provide the painting title.

Example: dgollan_goldeneagle.jpg 


Note: When submitting, please also include medium and type of surface.