Photographing Your Artwork

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A few guidelines for taking usable photos of your artwork…

IF YOU CAN SCAN YOUR ARTWORK on a scanner, that will have the best results. (Grayscale or RBG / 300+ dpi / JPG, GIF, TIF)

The following notes are for taking PHOTOS of your artwork to share electronically:


I usually stand over my artwork & take a photo DIRECTLY DOWNWARDS toward the table top.

This example (RIGHT) is a color JPG, taken in good light (see below) from right above the page.

Then I process the photo digitally to be high-contrast grayscale (LEFT) or, for printing, “1-bit” (a.k.a. pure black & white) (RIGHT).


Some DOs and DON’Ts:

DO: Use natural, indirect light

Indirect sunlight is even & clear — Set your page close to a window, so the whole page is gently illuminated.

DON’T: Put your page in direct Sunlight

= too much light & shadow in the photo!

DON’T: Not enough light / too much shadow

= dark photo!

DON’T: Move!

Hold still when taking your photo! This can be tricky — Here are some tips:

  • Hold your breath as you click!
  • If possible, prop your camera/hand against something solid (table, wall, desk, &c.)

(Slightly blurred)

DON’T: Get too close!

You want your ENTIRE PAGE in the photo, with some space around the edges.

DON’T: Camera casting shadow!

If the light source is BEHIND your camera/arm, you’ll cast a shadow on your own artwork = dark photo!


QUESTIONS? Ask Marek!

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