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How to Photograph your Artwork better

So you have created an artwork and now want to sell it? Then you might also know how important it is to photograph your artwork in the correct manner so that it makes an impression out there in the market.

We have compiled a list of valuable tips for you to photograph your artwork better, so that it sells better.

Rules of Product Photography

1. Contrast & Clean Background – black/ white

A white background is a mandate. Majority of the products are shot against white backgrounds as this takes any distractions away, so the only thing to look at is the product! Shooting against a white background also means the product is easier to ‘cut out’ in Photoshop if needed. Try using a white sheet, or pieces of white cardboard to create a mini studio. You can also alternatively try a black background. The objective remains to draw all the attention on the artwork/product and nothing else.

2. No Shadow Rule

While photographing your artwork, you should use multiple light sources so as to avoid any kind of shadows on the artwork. Light should always be diffused so that it spreads evenly and doesn’t alter the original color of the artwork. The idea is to get the product fairly evenly lit, avoiding harsh shadows, so make sure you set up in a room with bright lights, or has bright ambient light coming through the windows. And when taking your shots use a flash as well to fill in the shadows but on-camera or direct flash should be avoided.

3. Various faces of the artwork

You should cover your artwork from multiple angles – top approach, side approach. Captures should happen from almost every possible angle because it is only this photograph through which your artwork/product is going to make an impression on its prospective buyer. Most of the websites which allow you to sell your artwork demand for at least four to five pictures of the artwork. And off course lighting needs to be adjusted with every angle that you are capturing.

4. Camera Settings

Aperture of the camera should more than f8 to ensure sharpness of the picture –The camera should ideally be placed on a tripod or any standstill ground like a table etc. to get absolute still pictures. This is important so that when your product picture is zoomed out, it doesn’t give a hazy/foggy picture.

5. Polish till the original stays intact

Post processing is a necessity; we know that- but you also need to keep the picture as realistic as possible because you don’t want the buyer to feel a drastic difference between the photograph and the original product, Beautifying is good but only till the extent that it doesn’t change the originality.  So you can adjust brightness and contrast kind of basic things but not go overboard!

Have you tried these Painting Techniques?

As we say painting, a glimpse of canvas, paints and brushes come to our mind. But here are few techniques that most of us are unaware of. Adding to the commonly used painting techniques, following are the few techniques we would like to share with everyone. Everyone can try out these amazing techniques.

1. Spray Painting: It requires only spray colors paints. There is absolutely no use of paint brushes and paints. Spray painting can be done anywhere- canvas, objects or walls. Use of shaped objects and a cloth is necessary for neat and fine painting.

 

2. One Stroke Painting: A beautiful art/ technique wherein the paint brush is loaded with two colors at each end which will give a shaded and highlighted effect to the painting in one stroke.

 

3. Pour/ Drip Painting: It is a technique wherein no painting tools are used. The paint is simply poured and dripped on and object or canvas. It results in a piece of art in which the colors are blended with each other which gives a unique expression.

 

4. Splatter Painting: Very easy to do, fun and messy technique. . It is more a kind of an abstract expression where the paint is just splattered on the canvas or it could be done on walls as well. A brush or a mug is loaded with paints and splashed or splattered on the walls or canvas.

 

5. Silhouette: It is a representation of a person, animal, object or a scene that is black filled. A piece of paper is given shape of the subject, painted black and stuck on the canvas, also you can simply paint the object black in the end. The background is then given multiple colours as per required and then the black cutting is slowly removed.

 

Where these techniques are definitely a worth try over traditional forms of art, you can also send us few of them if you have tried. Also check out our Fine Arts Contest “Nature on Canvas”

Tips for Rocking those Instaclicks – Instantly

1. Always take pictures with your regular camera app first. This will enable you to take advantage of the built in camera featureslike iOS or HDR

 

2. Getting that crop right is utterly important. Always centered placed subject gets too main course. Try something different with varying positions of the main subject – adding the glory of the serene background!

3. Add the angle! Awkward angles can reincarnate that pic you just took!

4. A little play with the straightening tool will bring your picture to life and will add the much required fun and vibrance factor into it

5. Do the basic edits first before jumping to the readymade effects straight away. Correct that shot with brightness & contrasts and then apply the effect you like. Scratching away the furniture before polishing always adds the sheen.

6. Use a combination of effects. Say Valencia-topped-pic once more topped with Low fi? Make your own effect!

7. Don’t overdo it – the Editing part! Don’t you want people to believe that this is an actual picture captured by you? Too much of editing will only end up making your real-life picture artificial and unbelievable. Keep it rather simple!

8. Adding a funky caption will convey half the idea of the picture! So don’t just click instead try reckoning on some word-play too!

Were we able to add anything to your already awesome sense of insta-photography?

 

Tips for Writing Travelogue

Travelogue, like any other piece of writing, is an art. A good travelogue is a good piece of writing which is enjoyed by the readers as well as offers valuable guidance.
Tumbhi offers some practical tips for writing a good travelogue.

#1 : Define the Objective:
You need to spend a good amount of quality time in writing a good article. As a first step, define the objective of your blog. Do you want to educate the readers, just narrate your experience or present your research – the objective needs to be very clear and the whole writing needs to follow that objective.

#2: Make it Special
Nobody is interested in reading the well known facts about any place. You can make your travelogue worth reading by including some special things like unknown facts about the place, some different spellings or pronunciation of names. Include some exclusive research about the place. Give some information about cultural background or history. If you have got a chance to visit some nice restaurant and try a special dish, do mention about it – what you liked, what you did not like. And of course include the pictures of all such experiences. People love reading personalized experiences.

#3: Glimpse of Region:
If you can, include interviews of the local people, include their pictures. That will add some special flavor to your blog travelogue.

#4: Include Pictures:

A picture is worth thousand words and true to this saying, a good travelogue is absolutely incomplete without the pictures of the travel destination. There is no way the readers will get the feel of the place unless you include pictures. If possible, include video clips.

 

#5: Give it  a tone and story:
Don’t write your travelogue like a research paper. Make it personalized. Add a story to it. Add some tone to it. Don’t start with the basic facts. Start with something which will interest the reader. Give your personal recommendations, do’s and don’ts. That will add YOUR flavor to it.

If you have interesting travel stories to share, participate in Tumbhi’s Somewhere Sometime Contest for free and get an opportunity to get published in an eBook and also win exciting prize. More information at: http://writing.tumbhi.com/somewhere-sometime-travelogue-short-story-contest