Photographing Your Pastel Painting
Pastel Paintings: Outdoor Photography & Art Show Guide
How to Enter An Art Competition
IF YOU WORK FROM PHOTOS:
Setting up the Photo
Transfer Images to Computer - Crop & Size
Check YouTube videos for ideas on how to size, crop & edit pictures using a Mac or PC. Gimp is photo editing software similar to PhotoShop & is available FREE for PC or MAC.
Sizing Images Using Flickr for Free
If you simply do not want to get into cropping and sizing your images there are other options:
How to Photograph a Pastel Painting: Indoor Photography Guide
1. Prepare your art. You must photograph the painting without the frame, matting and glass.
2. Position the painting on a wall.
Note: Another option is to set your art on an easel, as upright as possible. Lean the color guide, if available, along the edge of the artwork. Tilt the camera to match the tilt of the easel.
Tip: For a large painting, place the long edge along the leveled tape or line, or tilt the camera.
3. Set up your lights. Position two 500-watt floodlights on either side of the artwork.
4. Select the camera settings.
5. Mount the camera on a tripod and place it in front of the artwork.
Note: Only tilt the camera if the artwork is tilted, such as on an easel.
6. Adjust the floodlights. Estimate the distance from the camera to the artwork, then:
7. Check the lighting.
8. Take three shots of your artwork. Make sure the art is aligned in the viewfinder. Use a timer or cable release to press the shutter, for best results.
Note: These three shots provide light, middle and dark versions of the image. F8 is often best.
9. Edit your image. Use photo editing software to resize, align and perfect your best image. There are several editors to choose from, but a few suggestions are:
Here are two methods for photographing your pastel artwork, one indoor guide, plus one outdoor guide with details on entering an art competition. These are just suggestions, and you may find other guides on the Web that you prefer.