The world needs to see your artwork, which means you need to take high-quality photos of your art for your social media, your website, and even a portfolio. Would you be interested in a home with grainy, blurry, or discolored photos? Just like a realtor needs quality photos of a home they are selling, you need the same for the art you are selling. No, you don’t need access to a professional photo studio. All you need is your iPhone (or other camera phone) and these tips on how to take great photos of your artwork!
Photograph in Natural Daylight
One of the biggest tips to photographing your artwork is to make sure you are taking your photos in natural daylight. This helps with portraying accurate colors. Get away from artificial lighting of indoor lamps. Ring light equipment and indoor studio lighting is an unnecessary investment and will not add warmth to your photos. Place your artwork by a window when taking your photos. Try to avoid the glare of direct sunlight as this can also distort colors and create shadows. An overcast day is the ideal type of lighting for photographing your art because the clouds act as a natural diffuser to evenly light your piece.
Adjust your Angles
Make sure your phone and your artwork are at the same angle. You can either lay your artwork on the floor and shoot above it, or hang your artwork on the wall and make sure your phone is level with the piece. This helps avoid a distorted perspective of your artwork, ensuring that the photo captures what your piece truly looks like. You also want to make sure that you there is space around your entire piece to allow for successful cropping.
Take Lots of Photos
You want to make sure that you have plenty of options to choose from. Take several horizontal and vertical shots as well as some shots with yourself holding the piece and some shots of just your artwork. This will give you lots of images to choose from when you’re putting together your landing or sales page. It might be a good idea to invest in something like a tripod. This will help you get some photos of yourself, and even with a really good camera phone, it can be difficult to capture a photo that is sharp. A tripod will help you avoid blurriness, especially in low lighting.
Retouch and Edit
Even after following all of these tips, it’s always a good idea to use photo editing software to edit your photos to make them look even more professional. You could use something high-end like Photoshop to make lots of adjustments. If you’re not that tech savvy, there are tons of free apps that you can download that make it very easy to edit right from your phone. You can crop, adjust contrast and color, remove impurities, and sharpen the image.
Having good quality photos is essential to running an online creative business. If you’re selling your artwork, your photos need to depict your pieces as they look in real life so that your customer is satisfied. You put a lot of hard work and time into creating your art – don’t let a bad photo dim its beauty!
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