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LINKS to each section:

photographing your work:

          •2-D under glass

          •2-D work

          •3-D work



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2-D Work NOT Under Glass:

  1.   Best to photo 2-D work BEFORE framing (because of reflections at the inside edge) and varnishing (because of the glare)
  2. Be sure your camera/phone is not on a ‘filtered’ setting. That will really distort your image.
  3. Best to take photo
  4. Brace your phone/camera so it does not shake. Rest on a table, chair, anything. If you have a remote button, use it. 
  5. Be sure your object is ‘square’ or ‘straight on’ with the camera lens (parallel), not at an angle. Even a slight angle will mean that some corners get cropped, and shapes are distorted. 
  6. HOWEVER, taking it at a slight angle may remove any glare, and there are photo-altering programs that can remove the shape distortion.
  7. Be mindful of glare on the surface, it can create areas that are slightly washed out.
  8. If you do turn art away from the light, be sure one side or corner is not darker.
  9. Use natural light when possible; an overcast day is best. Beware of lightbulbs that cast a colored light. 
  10. Take one photo with JUST the image, before you frame and then one with the frame (if framed).
  11. OR, You can take the photo with the frame, and then copy/crop in a program, BUT, if the frame is very light or dark, it may distort the light reading, and make the painting look darker or lighter than is correct. If that is the case, go to #10.

3-D Work:

  1. Take photos from the front, back, and sides. 
  2. Be sure the background is either plain black, grey, or white. A black or very dark object may show up even darker with a white background, and vice versa.
  3. You can touch your phone screen on the image of your art work to lighten or darken the exposure and show details better.

2-D Work Under Glass: 

  1. Photograph work BEFORE it is put under glass. It really does require a professional to take a decent photo under glass.
  2. Since you will also be taking it framed (with glass) as well, be sure the mat is in excellent condition. Hair, lint, mold spots, or discolorations can keep work out of a show. 
  3. If it is already under glass, you might need to get a professional photographer to help you. Setting up your tripod far away from the artwork and then zooming in might help, but no guarantees. Also, be sure the image is parallel to the camera lens, and lighting is off to the side or out of the way.

Tips for Photographing Your Art Work:


DISCLAIMER: I AM NOT A PHOTOGRAPHER! It may still help to have a professional do certain important images, or pieces that are very dark, very light, or have shiny surfaces.


There are a few simple aspects you need to get right:  LIGHTING, FOCUS, ANGLE, and RESOLUTION 


Here are some tips that I have found are REALLY HELP when trying to get a good image of your art work:


FIRST, if using a camera, set the resolution to 300 dpi/ppi, or 3mp. A phone has one setting, but the information for higher resolution is saved (but hidden) within the file. That can be adjusted on a computer AFTER the image is taken.