Becoming an Artist / Giving Back Series: Part 2 - Quality Photography
Got a website? Great! Because you're going to need to take photos to show the world how amazing your art is. Take good pictures because even if your art is completely amazing a photograph with poor lighting or lots of graininess can be a complete disaster. Saatchi Art has a great video about how to take perfect photographs of your art, check it out here. Even if you don't need to take photos of art it has a lot of great tips for improving photography but what I like most about the video is that it's incredibly concise. Additionally, if you're more of a reader, definitely check out all the photography articles on Etsy.com. If you're staging your art with objects (like a desk or floral arrangement) I would check out 5 Steps for an Easy Photo Shoot.
You don’t need to spend a ton of money on a camera. Borrow one from a friend if you can however it is possible to just use a decent smartphone combined with some post processing software (even an app). Using the edit function in the Photos app on your iPhone is actually pretty powerful when it comes to balancing saturation and leveling brightness…you might be surprised how much you can do just with a phone.
If you have a dslr, great…if you have a tripod, even better! Make sure to use lots of natural, non-direct light and photograph your art either by itself or stage it using a stock photo and then add your art.
If you're really interested in learning more about photography I have two great resources to share. My favorite website is KenRockwell.com and it's full of tips, examples, and extremely in-depth reviews on like every single camera ever made. Every time I think about adding a new tool to my photography repertoire I go to KenRockwell.com and read my face off. My other resource is one of my favorite podcasts, Improve Photography. You'll find lots of discussion on pros and cons of different products, lens reviews, and info on amazing some group photography trips.
Lastly, if you just can't bring yourself to take on photography just find a friend with a dslr. Maybe someone is looking to build their product portfolio and you're just the project they've been waiting for. Don't forget to give photo credit if you're collaborating with a friend.
PS - Don't forget about my special little promo I'm doing for my upcoming RAW Artists: Futures art show on Thursday, February 18th at The Globe Theatre in Los Angeles, CA. If you buy a $20 ticket for my show I'm giving you a $30 gift card for my shop so even if you can't make it to the show you'll get a little discount on my art.
I've been working hard to get lots more mini canvas pieces on to my studio site and in a few more days you will start to see some infinity scarves for sale!
To buy a ticket just click on the Futures photo below and it will take you to my ticket portal - thank you for your support...I can't even begin to say how thankful I am to have such a supportive group of friends! Hugs!