tips and tricks to photograph fine Art, correctly.
I've been lucky enough to work with acclaimed galleries, artists, painters, sculptors, and more through the years. And over time, I've realized photographing Fine Art is a work of art in itself. To truly get the colors, texture, sharpness, and clarity of art for reproduction purposes is a work of detail and patience, much like the artists themselves.
Photographing fine art can be a challenging but rewarding task. Here are some tips and tricks to help you get started photographing fine art:
- Use a tripod to keep your camera steady and prevent blurry images.
- Set your camera on a timer to prevent any sort of accidental in-camera movement while you click the shutter. I suggest 5 or 10 seconds.
- Use a low ISO setting to minimize noise and maximize image quality, ISO 100 is ideal.
- ALWAYS, ALWAYS, shoot in RAW.
- Use a gray card for maximum color matching.
- Use a low aperture (high f-stop number like f11) to maximize sharpness across the entire image.
- Use manual focus to ensure that the art is sharply focused.
- Focal length 35 or 50mm is ideal.
- Kill the external lights. Consider using a softbox or other diffused lighting. The further the lights are placed away from the art, the less chance of reflection or glare on your final piece.
- Photograph the art at eye-level
- Calibrate your monitor if you are not using a Mac.
- Consider using post-processing techniques, such as adjusting the white balance or adding contrast, to match the final image.
- Finally, save your art as TIF files and JPGs. JPGs are great for web usage (they do degrade over time), but if you want maximum quality, save your edited images as TIF files and store them both locally (on your computer or external hard-drive and online (in the cloud).
I hope these tips are helpful! Let me know if you have any other questions.
Enjoy this selection of beautiful art from artists around the world that I've had the pleasure of photographing.
Artists: Vernon, Venditti, Lovato, Dilley, Vadas, Tolan, Steadman, Mars, Griffin