Selling your art over the internet can be tricky. People can't physically see or touch your artwork when it's over the computer. It's a completely different experience as opposed to selling artwork in person. That's why it's important to take amazing pictures of your art that highlight it's best features with impeccable accuracy.
In this post, I will go over some tips,tricks and advice about taking pictures of your artwork anyone could follow. They are easy tips to help you receive professional like photos that only accentuate your artwork.These tips are for people who have little to no experience with photography, who want an easier solution to taking beautiful photos of their artwork.
Take Pictures Of Your Artwork
Supplies Needed To Help With The Photography Process.
The answer is yes! You can, it just involves a little resourcefulness.
Take this picture I made a while ago. This art piece was taken on an old cell phone, with a camera that can't compete with the quality most phones have today. Regardless of the equipment, the picture was captured in camera. It's one of my favorite pieces and is a favorite among the people who admire my artwork
The obvious piece of material needed to take photos of your art is a camera. You can use a phone camera or a professional camera. Just as long as it does the job to the best of its ability. However, what if you don't have a camera to work with? What should you do?
A scanner is a perfect alternative if you can't get a hold of a camera. Most scanners are able to scan your artwork perfect without any problems. The size of what you're scanning depends greatly on your scanner size. If you have a small scanner, scanning small art pieces might be ideal, but you definitely need a large scanner for bigger work
Depending on how you plan to take the pictures of your artwork, a tripod may be needed to hold the camera still.
Photo Editing Software
Sometimes the photos or scanned images may come out looking dull and lack the vibrant colors your artwork showcases. That's why it's important to use photo editing software to help enhance the photos of your work, to make sure it stays true to your artwork. It's also important to use to add a watermark on the images you plan to put out on the internet.
Lighting plays a very important role in the overall photo of your art piece. You want to make sure that your artwork is exposed to the right amount of lighting that isn't too bright, too yellow, or too dimly lit. Bright amounts of light can cause shadowing which can really alter the final photo.
Having a photo that has a yellow tint to it (possibly due to the light bulb) can distort the colors of your piece if you choose to edit the photo.
Products That Can Help Improve Your Photos.
Here are additional products you can buy to help improve the look of your overall photos.
TABLE TOP BACKGROUND SUPPORT
A table top background support table is a great option for people with large artworks. With this, you can obtain a roll of white paper and lay it out on a table of your choice. This support tool will hold up the roll and is suspended on a table of your choice.
Tips,Tricks And Hacks. You Don't Have To Be A Pro!
Use Natural Lighting
If you don't have any tools to help you achieve great lighting, try using the natural lighting in your area. You can achieve natural lighting almost anywhere, but the best places to get natural lighting are outside your home or any place where light radiates the most at. The best time to achieve natural lighting is in the morning, otherwise, as the day goes on and the sun goes down, the more shadows you'll get in your photos..
Take Pictures During Overcast
Going outside and taking photos during overcast weather is the best time to take photos. The reason being is that there are little chances for your photos to receive any harsh shadows or dark spots. The clouds even out the sun rays which gives you a perfect balance to create photos that aren't too boring or too dark.
Use A White Background
Sometimes taking pictures of your artwork against a white background can help accentuate the lighting around the art piece. Any white background will do,but when you're starting out, try experimenting with different surfaces. (For example white poster board, white walls, white sheets etc. )
Enhance The Lighting Using A Photo Editor
A common mistake I see with many photographs of art is that they are very dimly lit. This problem can be easily solved using a photo editor such as PicMonkey. Lightly enhancing the photo will do wonders for the presentation of your artwork. While some artists fear that the image won't stay true to the art piece, the trick is to lighten it slightly with different tools. You should edit the brightness, contrast, highlights and shadows of the artwork to get the right amount of brightness needed.
Avoid Sharpening The Image Too Much
When using an online editor, a lot of artists try to sharpen the look of their art piece by using a sharpening tool to help define the lines of their work. If your artwork is a tab bit blurry, only sharpen the image by a little. Over sharpening, the image can cause the image to appear grainy.
Check The Brightness Settings Of Your Computer Monitor Before Editing Any Photo
If the brightness is set too low on your computer monitor, it can cause you to adjust the brightness of the photo too much in order to accommodate the screen settings. However, if you set the brightness on your screen too high, you might strain your eyes and you'll avoid brightening the photo, when it in fact, needs to be brightened. Make sure the brightness of your screen is set to the middle of both low and high light exposure. This way you get an accurate amount of lighting when editing the photo.
Avoid Increasing The Size Of The Photo If The Photo Is Set At Small Size (Any Under 500px)
If the image size is really small, blowing up the picture to a larger size will make the photo blurry. If the size of your photo is anywhere around or under 500px don't blow up the photo! Instead, adjust the photo settings of your photo size in your camera and take another photo. Or you can scan the image using a scanner.
Things To Consider
Depending on the lighting of different screens, the image of your artwork can differ from screen to screen on different monitors. Meaning that certain colors may look different on other people's screen displays, depending on the monitor setting. For example, something that may look brown on screen may actually be dark purple. The dark purple color may look dark purple on your screen monitor, but may look brown on theirs. Always add a disclaimer to your artwork's descriptions to give your buyers a heads up on the color.
Always Have A Watermark Image To Display
When it comes to posting the image of your artwork online, it's important to have an image that contains a watermark. This helps prevent online theft of your work. Although it may look unappealing, you should always place a watermark in a way that doesn't distract from the art piece.