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fuzzymonkey
« on: January 15, 2008 06:46:48 PM »



   hi everyone- i am finally doing it. getting all of the art work that i have made over the past eight years, dusting it, touching it up, and getting it framed and ready for an exhibition. i make paper and mixed media collage pieces. they are very detailed and heavily textured and must go under glass to protect them from dust and where i live, lizard poo. so my question is, how best to photograph my work for a portfolio and of course to share it with you guys? how do i deal with glare?
  all suggestions are appreciated. thanks!
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« Reply #1 on: January 16, 2008 12:57:39 AM »

First congrats!
Next, you really should remove the work from the frame and glass.
Make sure it is an over cast day and take your work outdoors and set it on a low table.
Keep your flash off and stand above the artwork and take the photo from that angle. Don't try to prop it up or lean it against something. This will distort your work.
As for camera settings. I am not sure how much you know about using your camera. There is a really good article on wikipedia. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Photography
If you cannot take the work from the frames and glass you need to be extra sure not to use the flash becuase you will see the reflection. But in any case the flash usually ends up distorting the color or even leaving a reflection on oil paintings or varnished paintings.

I wish you luck!
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« Reply #2 on: January 18, 2008 05:13:03 PM »

whoops, should have posted BEFORE i started framing stuff 'cause it's sealed in there now.  Sad   Thanks for your useful advice!
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