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Old 04-15-2007, 12:02 PM   #1  
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Default How to take good photos of art for gallery

Hi All,

Wondering if anyone can share some tips on how to take good photographs for my gallery?

Flash? No Flash? Natural light? Light from above/side/below?

Which setting on camera? Auto? Portrait?

Crop everything out? Leave a little background?

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I did a search for photo tips and came up with this thread:
http:////www.splitcoaststampers.com/...ps+for+gallery

Maybe you will get some more tips if I move this post to the Site Suggestions and Questions Forum.
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Here is another thread with some tips:
http:////www.splitcoaststampers.com/...d.php?t=210590
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I tried a couple searches before I posted but I didn't get anything related to what I needed... I was hoping someone here with more skills would know what to search on!

The links will help! Thanks!!!
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Take your pics in Natural Light, use Macro setting (little flower somewhere on your cam - mine is on the side)..this lets you take a CLOSE UP pic - a few inches away from the item.

Cards that attract me normally have some type of decorative background - you know a card with some matching markers or ink pads or paper in the background or as an accent - or the card is on a photo holder so it's at eye level and attractive things in the background.

I take my pics on my black table when the natural light is good. I'm no professional though - wish I had one to teach me all the ins and outs of my camera.

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Thank you all for all the great tips! What I'm having trouble with is glossy or shiny cards. If I don't use the flash my cards look very fuzzy. Mind you I haven't really tried the all natural lighting either! Any suggestions?
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Smile Simple Rules for artwork photography

First, get familiar with a few of the basic functions of your camera; the instruction book provides easy to understand help on the different modes. Knowing how to set the close-up or macro mode is the most important for taking shots less than 12" away, usually found in the Scene mode.
Next, set up a mini-background or backdrop, by using a white sheet of paper tucked under a white box to give a seamless effect.
Lean your artwork against the box, keeping it as vertical as possible.
I prefer natural light but the camera must be held steadily to avoid fuzzy pics or set it on the table and carefully push the shutter button.
If you use flash, take the photo at a 45 degree angle to avoid glare.
Keep the lens at the same level as the artwork.
Take at least 3 different shots, using the zoom to crop as much as possible.
Following these suggestions will improve your artwork photos to the level of semi-professional.
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