Here are some guidelines for photographing your artwork for submission to online shows, the website, and the newsletter:
Photos can be made smaller — enlarging them degrades the image.
Most cameras/phones take photos at 72 dpi.
- Check your settings to make sure that the size is at least 3264 x 2448 and Superfine. (These are the settings on my camera, yours may look different, but that’s a size that works well) My iPhone doesn’t let me change resolutions.
- Photos should be saved at original size and should be between 750KB and 4MB.
- When emailing a photo, please send either Large or Original — whichever is 750K to 4MB.
Taking the photo
- Watch your lighting: no flash, no hot spots. (I usually put mine on the floor or table in bright window light, but not in direct sunlight.)
- Be careful not to have the camera’s shadow on the artwork.
- If your artwork is on paper, take the photo before you frame it behind glass to eliminate glare. Position your camera directly over the UNframed painting. It should fill the camera window. All sides should be square to the edges of the window. If it’s a little off it can be corrected, and it can be cropped if you have a little extra around the edges.
- Save your image as a jpg (jpeg) or png.
Remember, you’re an Artist!
You should take as much care photographing your work as you do in creating it.