How to Photograph Art (part 1)

Getting a great photograph of your art is easy with today’s great digital cameras. All you need to know are some basics about lighting and you can have professional quality pictures for your web-site or brochure. Years ago, when I photographed art in my studio for an artist, we used special daylight balanced light bulbs; they had to be 5500 Kelvin. You also needed a special table to keep the art flat and positioned perfectly for the camera.Now, keeping everything simple is more important than getting it perfect. All you need is a cloudy day or a couple of white sheets to get the perfect lighting you need. When the sun shines through the clouds it creates perfectly diffused lighting. This is what you need to spread the light evenly over your art.When there are no clouds and the sun is shining bright, this creates very harsh lighting with many shadows. You can diffuse the light by using a couple of white bed sheets spread out over some lawn chairs or saw horses. Try to create a tent light structure to let the light shine through the sheets. This will simulate a cloudy day. There are also special lighting tents that you can buy for product photography. I have seen many different sizes at very reasonable prices on e-bay.When photographing a product inside, I pull out my daylight balanced construction lights. These inexpensive lights work great! I usually pull off the protective grill on the front, so that I don’t get any shadows from the grill. They also come with sturdy tripods that you can move around easily. The lamp is usually a 250 or 500 watt halogen lamp. This is plenty of power for any indoor photography project.Halogen lamps give off a higher color temperature compared to a non-halogen incandescent lamp or a fluorescent lamp. My first choice in lighting is using my yellow colored construction lights with their tripod for all my indoor photography projects. You can buy them at any Home Depot at bargain prices, compared to what you would pay for professional photography lights.You can also use daylight balanced fluorescent lights. These energy efficient lights will screw into a standard reflector and distribute your light evenly. However, they lack the luminance of a halogen bulb, and would require you to use a tripod or your pictures may be out of focus.Here are my three steps for getting great pictures of your artwork.1. Wait for a cloudy day before taking any pictures2. Lay your art flat on a table or have someone hold your art parallel to your camera3. If photographing your art inside, position your lights on each side at the same distance, and at a 45 degree angle to the art work. Use a tripod for your camera on all indoor photography and you can avoid getting pictures that are not in perfect focus.

Fine Art Nature Photography – Consider Using Canvas For Hanging on Your Walls

If you are a nature-lover then you would have seen and admired the multitude of colors, shapes, textures and shades that nature has on offer. All you need is an excellent high-resolution digital camera to record the wonders of nature and trap them on your chip. On the other hand, you might love specific animals such as lions, tigers, leopards, etc but might not have the means to photograph them in their natural surroundings. You might also love to photograph rare flowers or insects that might not be present in your country. There is a simple solution to all your problems. You can easily buy your desired photographs and get them printed on canvas before framing them, if you cannot engage in fine art nature photography by traveling half-way around the globe to click your favorite animal, bird or flower.With the entire world now going green, you too can easily bring the wonders of nature into your home or office by printing your favorite photographs on canvas and then framing them in the required size. There are several online stores that will also help you out by offering a wide range of photographs based on fine art nature photography along with various sizes of canvas over which they could be printed along with framing materials. You could now order an entire photograph printed on canvas and framed to your satisfaction in one single package. Alternatively, you could upload your desired photo clicked on your own camera to a particular website that specializes in printing and framing such photos. Either way, you will receive a memorable photograph that will enhance the looks of your wall while bringing in the warmth of nature into your room. Your office or store too can now present an atmosphere of a well-designed art gallery when you hang your favorite photos of nature on the walls.You should ensure that your own photos are clicked with a high-resolution camera so that there is no dilution of pixels once it is enlarged to fit the canvas. If you are ordering a readymade frame then care should be taken to ensure that the glass is packed with great care so that it arrives in one piece. If the photo will be exposed to the sun’s rays then proper UV protection should be provided to the photograph to prevent fading. You should rope in professionals that have a keen eye for fine art nature photography so as to get a better choice of photos and also get prints that are extremely sharp, along with sturdy and elegant frames. A well-clicked and well-framed photo will certainly catch your breath each time you look at it.Each photo has a story to tell, and you can now frame an entire story when you hang up these wonders of nature on your home or office walls. Fine art nature photography is the art of clicking the true wonders of nature, and you can surely bring in the outdoors by adorning your walls with these canvas beauties.