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How To Photograph Artwork


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How to photograph artwork. For artists who want to digitally archive their paintings.

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How To Photograph Artwork

  1. 1. How to Photograph Artwork By Ken Holyfield Megapixel Digital Imaging
  2. 2. Key Items to Consider <ul><li>Camera Settings </li></ul><ul><li>Resolution </li></ul><ul><li>White Balance </li></ul><ul><li>Lighting </li></ul><ul><li>Equipment – Easel & Tripod </li></ul><ul><li>Alignment </li></ul>
  3. 3. Camera Settings <ul><li>Iso 100 </li></ul><ul><li>Aperture priority – F8 </li></ul><ul><li>Auto focus vs. Manual </li></ul><ul><li>Lens – 50mm prime (non zoom) </li></ul><ul><li>White balance settings </li></ul><ul><li>RAW file format </li></ul>
  4. 4. Resolution <ul><li>Need to achieve a minimum of 100 ppi at 100% print size </li></ul><ul><li>Ideal is 115 ppi or greater </li></ul><ul><li>Camera megapixel rating of 6 or more </li></ul><ul><li>Best results if prints are smaller than original </li></ul>
  5. 5. White Balance <ul><li>Best results produced when A “white balance card” is used </li></ul><ul><li>If card is not available, match light you are shooting in (sunlight, overcast, shade, etc.) </li></ul><ul><li>If shooting in raw, white balance can be set when editing </li></ul>
  6. 6. Lighting <ul><li>Overcast daylight </li></ul><ul><li>Shade (make sure white balance is adjusted) </li></ul><ul><li>Bright sun light </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Difficult for oil paintings with gloss finish </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Will work for water color </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Equipment <ul><li>Sturdy easel </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Need to have confidence that easel will properly support art & not shake in soft breeze </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Sturdy pro level tri-pod & head </li></ul>
  8. 8. Alignment <ul><li>Take time to align tri-pod, easel & camera </li></ul><ul><li>Test view finder / LCD screen to determine how accurate alignment to art actually is </li></ul><ul><li>Use the edges of your view finder to align to the edges of your artwork </li></ul>
  9. 9. View Finder Aligned Skewed
  10. 10. Thank You For Your Time!