Photographing 2D Artwork Sept. 15

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Date: rescheduled to Sept. 15, 2019

Time: 9am-3pm

If you’re an artist you know how important it is to get excellent, accurate photos of your finished pieces before they leave your studio. At the least, you want a record of your work and a way to include sold pieces in your portfolio. Or maybe you’d like to print cards or reproductions of some of your creations.

Taking detailed, color-accurate photos of your work requires a DSLR or mirrorless camera that can shoot in the raw file format, a tripod, some inexpensive but careful lighting, a color calibration target and Adobe Lightroom or Photoshop. Your initial setup is done carefully, one step at a time, but once you’ve nailed it down the next photography session will go more quickly. The result will be consistent, professional images of your artwork, taken when you need them!


  • A demonstration of needed lighting equipment, continuous vs. strobe lights, lighting on a budget.
  • Flat vs. grazing light to hide or accentuate texture.
  • How to achieve and repeat even illumination, learning about distance, angle and spread.
  • When polarizers might be needed and how to use them.
  • Getting the geometry right so all your right angles are square!
  • Calibration of camera and monitor for accurate colors.
  • Lens choices.
  • Resolution and sharpness concerns for reproduction quality images.
  • We’ll also look at how to achieve decent results with a smartphone or compact camera.

Dallas Center for Photography

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