How to Photograph your Art for Reproductions
Want to sell your artwork on Imagekind, but not sure how to get it into a digital format for uploading?
Lar Matre, wrote a very helpful blog post recently on how to properly photograph your artwork to create digital files for reproduction. I first read his post in one of our groups.
Lar breaks down the process into two main tasks:
- The capture – actually taking the photo of your work
- Post processing – cleaning up your digital image for print
Photographing your artwork for the purpose of creating digital images can be a difficult process if you are not familiar with what’s involved. However, one of the most important things to remember is your setup. Below is a good example of how to correctly setup your equipment to photograph your artwork.
Here is what Lar suggests:
You should be able to set your camera about 15-20-feet away from your painting — as the painting gets larger, so does the distance required. You use the zoom lens to fill almost the entire frame with your painting. The edges of your painting should be parallel to the viewfinder. If the edge of the painting looks curved, you need to move back.
Lar goes into great detail about all the recommended equipment you’ll need, processes and procedures. His suggestions are worth a read if you are at all wondering how to photograph your artwork for digital reproduction.
You can read his full post here: Digitizing Original Paintings for Giclee-type Prints.
Also, make sure to read other printing tips in our Printing Basics section on Imagekind.
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