Wednesday, August 27, 2008

More Adventures in Photographing Artwork

24x36" L'Amoureux

Sometimes it can be so tricky to photograph artwork. I finished this one for my December show but never posted it because the camera wasn't picking up quite the right red. It's more accurate now. My friend described it as the color of kids cherry cough syrup. She says that's a good thing. There were major glare issues too that I've not entirely resolved.


Another one of my paintings, purple mostly, is so horribly distorted by the camera that the new *gack* color makes me wince. Bright greens often fare poorly as well. I have gotten a bit more sucess photographing them with southern lighting. Perhaps the full solution is a new camera :D, or even more fun- a photography workshop! Doesn't this one look fun?

As a general rule though, it works out well. Some resources I've found helpful are in the book "Art Marketing 101", this tutorial on light boxes (handy when the weather's bad) and Howard's well rounded how to.

As a last resort, for me, there's the scanner. My scanner only does looseleaf sized pages. Here's a recent sketchbook entry.



All in all, summer photography adventures are much more pleasant than winter ones.




14 comments:

Regina said...

Red can be very hard to capture well. I think it tricks the camera's sensors... that's my theory. I noticed it (again) the other day when trying to capture my gorgeous red roses.
Your painting is beautiful. I like the contrasts of textures very much.

Jeane said...

Shayla - boy, I agree about the difficulty photographing work - I finally gave up and take mine to a pro - for me it's worth the $$'s and he gives me a good deal - this is a beautiful piece

Tracy said...

Hi, Shayla! This "cherry cough syrup" painting is splendid! LOVE all the red! And such fun to have a view of your sketchbook. Taking photographs of most anything I find is tricky...sometimes the colors and surfaces of things just don't turn out. Sometimes it's almost irritating that the carmer can't pick up something exactly, or something just how I see it. Uploading photo is always a little exciting, a little bit scary--you never know what you're gonna get, as Forest Gump said! ;o) Thanks for sharing this wonderful painting. What's its title? Happy weekend, my friend ((HUGS))

Shayla said...

The title is "L'Amoureux", or "the lover."

kate said...

I'm glad I'm not the only one who struggles with this issue. Thanks for sharing what you know about the topic. Your painting is so vibrant and passionate. Appropriate title! I vote that you go to South Africa and take the photography course!

kate said...

P.S. I LOVE your tree sketches in your sketchbook drawings!

picciolo said...

I love this red and your sketchbook pages!
: )

Shayla said...

Yay! South Africa it is!! (eventually...) Anyone wanna come?

Robyn said...

I do! Wait I'm already here!LOL

Shayla your sketch book pages are so interesting with all the details and the symbols. I love them!

I also battle taking photos but more because my totems are so tall (and thin). To fit it all in I lose the details and I know I could be doing something that improves the photograph ...whatever that might be.

Leah said...

purty sketchbook pages!!! it is tricky to photograph work. lots of trial and error.

Shayla said...

Lol, Robyn, we'll be by for tea ;)

Beverly said...

Hi Shayla. Just popping in to read how you are, and always to enjoy your fantastic talent.

What a perfect title for this piece.

bridgette said...

Beautiful painting! It almost glows. I have a hard time photographing my work too. I do mine inside with a black velvet behind the painting and two light sources. But it's hard and frustrating. Especially encaustics!

seth said...

Gorgeous sketchbook pages. Almost like a sheet out of an old Asian book.