Location & Setup:

Your best bet is to photograph your artwork outdoors. The natural light outside is a superior quality to the lights indoors. Indoor light will yellow your photographs and if you are using automatic settings on your camera poor lighting conditions will lead to low shutter speeds causing blurry images.

So, get all your work together and head outside. Find a wall to prop your artwork against. Prop you work as straight up and down as possible to limit distortions. Later on you’ll crop down the photos so the wall is not visible in the final photograph.

Setup your work in direct sunlight if possible. If it is really bright out you may find that your photographs are over exposed or washed out, find a shaded wall to prop your artwork against and try taking the pictures there. The most ideal conditions to photograph work is on a slightly overcast day.

Setup the tripod and camera. Zoom out on the camera as far as you are able to. Position the camera far enough away that the artwork almost fills the entire viewfinder window. The camera height should be a little higher than the middle of your artwork. The camera should be slightly tilted down to compensate for minute distortion the artwork receives from leaning. Adjust the position of the camera, the tilt and height until the edges of the artwork are parallel to the viewfinder. The camera should be aimed and aligned to the center of the artwork. Take your time in setting up the shot, you do not want to submit distorted or tilted imagery.

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