How to Digitally Photograph Your Artwork

How to Digitally Photograph Your Artwork
ArtSpace Herndon, Saturday 23 January, 9am-noon

One of the common reasons why artwork is rejected from juried exhibitions is that the submitted photographs do not accurately capture the artwork – they don’t adequately capture the color, subtleties of light and shading, or have some other technical flaw that impairs the communication of the artist to the jury. In extreme cases, the submitted image may not meet the requirements of the jury process, and be rejected out of hand.

Even more difficult issues exist for web portfolios – will web viewers accurately see what the artist has created, while conforming to reasonable expectations for web page loading times?

This class is intended for practicing artists who want to learn more about taking digital photographs of their painting, sculpture, or other artwork, so that images capture the artwork more accurately for web display or for electronic jury submission.

The class will discuss:
• how to light your artwork for photography
• how to set up your camera to capture color as accurately as possible
• what other equipment can improve the taking of your photographs
• how to perform adjustments on the computer in a systematic, color managed way
• how to format photographs on the computer to meet standards for ZAPP, Juried Art Services, and the recommendations of the National Association of Independent Artists (NAIA)
• how to adjust photographs for the web

Slides and other presentation materials will be made available electronically for future reference.

Student ages: any

Class fees: $75 per student payable at registration

Materials and supplies: Students are encouraged (but not required) to bring their camera and owner’s manual, and one piece of artwork, for hands-on practice at the end of the workshop.

To register: Call ArtSpace Herndon at 703.956.6590