How to take good photos of your work [4:04]

Taking good photos of your work is all about accurately capturing your work. How you achieve that is up to you. If you need some suggestions, the key aspects of photographing your work are:

  • Lighting
  • Composition
  • Focus

The following video does a really good job of covering all the basics.

Lighting

Good lighting is essential to taking good photos. The basic rule is to make sure you get enough light on your subject that your photos aren’t dark, and not so much that details get washed-out.

This image is too dark.

Too dark.

This image has better lighting

Better.

Composition

 

Bad composition

Bad composition

This image has better lighting

Better composition

Good composition for details

Better for details

Focus

 

Blurry

Blurry

Better

Better

Good and bad examples

A bad photo of a good drawing

A bad photo of a drawing.

The above photo is a prime example of a bad photo. The work is crooked and on an angle, there’s too much light on half the work, the rest of the work is obscured by shadow, and the background is very distracting. This would be very difficult for a tutor to properly evaluate.

An acceptable version of the same drawing

An acceptable version of the same drawing