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May 31st, 2010 #1
Good Lighting for Photographing Paintings
I'd use the search feature, except I'm search feature retarded because every time I use it I get random results having nothing to do with what I'm looking for. So I apologize, I'm sure this has been asked before!
Anyways! I've been trying to accurately photograph my paintings for years now. I've gone through four cameras in the process and I still can not accurately photograph a painting larger than 16 x 20. The colors come out wrong. My camera will fish eye. It's just a huge headache. I did find an older post on CA suggesting to use a gray scale card, and set the camera on a timer. Awesome advice! I'll be doing that for sure. PS I found that through google, not the search.
Now I need some decent lighting. My largest sized canvas is 3ft by 5ft. I need a really awesome picture because - I want to make prints. So how do I go about lighting up this sucker, and other larger canvases?
I know that I'm supposed to have two lights at an angle....but...I don't know where to get the lights. And I'm poor. I can't afford something that's going to cost hundreds. I'm trying to MAKE money. Is there an inexpensive way to get some good lighting for your canvases?
BTW, I've tried the whole take your painting outside and set in the shade deal. But that means to place my camera on the ground and my tripod doesn't go low enough for some of my paintings :b
Any help would be great! I just bought a 12.0 mp camera and I'm looking forward to finally making some 18x24 prints!
Hide this ad by registering as a memberJune 1st, 2010 #2
Look at this tutorial by Dan Dos Santos, in the last part he explains how he photographs his paintings, he gives some good tips:
Hope it helps! (oh, and use a tripod!)
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