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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!

Enhance Your Own Photography Portfolio, Just by Adding a Wedding to it!

Weddings are a grand affair, not just for the couple getting married, but for all the others who have put in much time and effort to make the event a successful, joyous and a memorable one. A photographer does the most basic and significant job there – capturing those extraordinary moments and in the most beautiful way possible!

We here will tell you how by capturing a wedding, you enrich your portfolio in so many different photography categories

1. Candid Photography – A wedding is full of emotions and all sorts of emotions – right from nervousness on the bride’s face to a cold feet groom, a teary eyed set of bride’s parents to a totally frolic bunch of friends , you as a photographer can capture all these emotions under the Candid Photography label.

Photo by – Zainab Malubhai #TumbhiArtist

2. Culture Photography – The very recent genre in photography could very well be enhanced in your portfolio with a few wedding snippets attached to it. No matter which part of the world it is, every wedding is a portrayal of the culture, customs and rituals of the community. Customs and ceremonies happening in a wedding could very well be used to represent a specific region and its people.

Photo by – Harsh #TumbhiArtist

3. Heritage Photography – Destination weddings is your answer to this one! With more and more couples choosing to be wed at some scenic place, your portfolio can encompass places and backgrounds of heritage value. You can be clever, reach a little before the scheduled time of the couple shoot and get few snippets for your own collection!! Win-win situation, isn’t it?

Photo by – Sharik Verma #TumbhiArtist

4. Portrait Photography – This HAS to be the most important component of any photography portfolio. A wedding offers a wide range of willing posers in the best of their attires and even wider range of random shots which just make it to the best of your Portraits captured ever! Apart from the bride and the groom, there are adorable kids, gracefully wrinkled clan, the help and even the flower guy! Anyone can give you that “Your best portrait till date”- so, do look around and get the best while you can!

Photo by – Sudipto Das#TumbhiArtist

5. Experimental Photography – If you are a little bored, or feeling productive or are made to wait before you begin shooting the main subjects, look around and have some weird fun with your camera. You can experiment with anything and everything – it only depends on high your imagination is soaring at the moment. Food, forks, objects, shoes- it could be just anything.

Photo by – Vishal Batheja #TumbhiArtist

After this quick and clever read, if you still have some time on hand, check out our Expressions: Wedding Photography Special 2014 and send in your own awesome wedding captures!!

Merry Clicking!