Good images are key to showing your work at it's best. If you don't want to or can't afford to hire a professional photographer here are tips and suggestions.
Some artists contact their local college to find a photography student to help at a discounted rate. Others employ the good graces of an amateur photographer friend.
Here are some good resources for photographing your artwork ranging from simple steps with a Smartphone to using a digital camera and adjusting the image in Photoshop.
- How to Photograph Your Artwork (For Non-Photographers) by Phil Davies
- The Challenge of Photographing Artwork - Heather Arenas' newsletter
- How to Photograph Paintings - FAV's article by Ansen Seale
- How to Photograph your Artwork for a Portfolio or the Internet - EmptyEasel.com
- How to Photograph Artwork - Matt Greer Photography
- Photographing Oil Paintings - Blank Canvas Ramblings
- Avoid these 7 Mistakes when Photographing Art - Artsy Shark
- How to Photograph Your 2D Art the Right Way - Light Space and Time
- 9 Common Mistakes when Photographing your Artwork with an iPhone (and how to fix them) by Will Kemp, Will Kemp Art School
Additional helpful How To info can be found by doing a search on the web for "how to photograph artwork."
If you're not familiar with Photoshop's Free Transform he mentions in the diagram, here's how to work with that:
- open your image in Adobe Photoshop
- hit Command/A (Select All) to select the image
- Edit/Free Transform
- adjust sides