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How To Take Photos Of Your Art

If you are an artist who wants to create a portfolio including high quality copies of your work, taking photographs of your pieces will often be the best solution. You may also want to do this for insurance reasons, or as an alternative to scanning so you can create reproductions of your work.

It often works out a lot cheaper for artists to invest in good quality camera equipment and take on the task themselves rather than hiring a professional to do the job, and this also allows for greater flexibility. If you want to take this route, you will need to follow these steps and consider several factors.

1) Camera quality

Firstly, this approach will only work if you’re willing to invest in a good quality SLR camera. A digital model (DSLR) will be the easiest and most effective option for the majority of users, especially artists who are not professional photographers. Film cameras are a good alternative for more traditional artists, but only then you know exactly what you’re doing.

2) Zoom distance

If your camera lens has the ability to zoom in a greater distance when you stand further away from the subject, this will be better for taking pictures of artwork because it minimises the fish-eye effect and makes the photo appear more flat.

3) Lighting

If you want to use natural lighting it is perfectly acceptable to shoot your artwork outside or using sunlight from a clear window. Artificial light may be more reliable but you will have to invest in a good quality, pure white light to get good results. Don’t use the flash on your camera because it is likely to create inconsistent lighting and will often be too bright for this purpose.

4) Image sharpness

When taking photographs of art, sharpness is a high priority. You will be able to get good results on a typical Canon or Nikon DSLR, but only more expensive lenses will get great results that completely minimise graininess or softness in your images. If you need to step up the photo quality then you will have to consider investing in a premium lens, assuming you are already doing everything you can with stability and good lighting.

5) Shooting angle

It is vital that you aim to get your artwork completely flat and in the centre of the shot, while keeping your camera completely stable. The ideal way to do this is hanging your artwork on a black velvet background and using a tripod to take the picture.

6) Editing

Post-production will usually be necessary to get the best results. Usually you will need to crop your image to the right shape and size at the very least. In the area you plan to crop out, place a ruler and a contrast scale (starting with a white square and going through tones of grey to black). These will then be in your photo when you come to the editing stage which makes it easier to judge scale, brightness …

The Secrets Of Great Product Photography

Product photography is a whole art form in itself, and in many ways the difference between good and bad photos in this field can have much greater consequences than with some other types of photography. You’re balancing even more different requirements than usual when you’re specifically taking pictures of products in order to promote and sell them, since you have to consider your client or your own business as well as your potential customers and others.

How to Start Your Own Photography Business

If you’ve been doing amateur photography for a while and you’re interested in becoming a professional, you’ll need to prepare from many aspects. You’ll need great gear, you’ll need to make sure you’re doing the business legally and you’ll need to handle your marketing and finances. It’s a business after all.

What do you do if you want to start your own photography busiess but you don’t have any business knowledge and you can’t afford to hire experts to do your marketing, finances etc. You’re lucky! We’ve highlighted some of the most important fields you need to handle in this article and we’ll show you how to do it easily.

Let’s see what you need for starting a photography business.

1. Great gear
If you want to be a professional, you’ll definitely need to use high quality gear for high quality images. Your clients hire a professional because they have high standards. Make sure to meet these standards.
It’s OK not to own all the tools at the beginning. Many photographers start their business by renting the camera, the batteries, the backup camera and the speedlight before saving enough money to buy their own. You’ll also need editing software and a powerful computer to be able to edit your photos.

2. Legal and Finances
Handling legal and finances are probably not the reason why you want to start your own business. But you’ll have to do it anyway. Depending on the country you live, you’ll have to register your business and pay taxes according to the requirements. You also want to make sure that you track your expenses and revenues for acoountability and future planning.
If you’re not sure how to do it, ask an accountant to help you with registering your business and paying taxes.

Tips For Amateur Wedding Photographers

Wedding photography can be a rewarding experience, and opens the door to many opportunities for new business opportunities. It can, however, be a daunting venture for amateur photographers. Here are some tips for amateur wedding photographers to improve their chances of success.

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Create a website
This is important for finding work as a wedding photographer. Nobody wants to hire a photographer to capture their special day who has no proof available to show that they know what they are doing. As an amateur wedding photographer, this is a great way to display your talent and take it to the next level in the transition to becoming a professional. This can be anything from creating a blog on a site like Blogspot, to creating your own website with a customized URL. This is easy to do with sites like Squarespace or WordPress. Using these sites are affordable and offer a professional touch to an amateur wedding photographers portfolio.

Keep the sound off!
This is a big one. Nothing ruins the mood more than the constant clicking and beeping from the wedding photographer during speeches or wedding vows. This is a simple fix, but one easily overlooked. It’s these subtle changes that can often have the biggest impacts and can easily differentiate amateurs from professionals.

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