Save Money Photographing Your Artwork

I have created a giant portable lightbox in my backyard to photograph my artwork.

  • First I clip a sheet on each end to something higher than me, as in the photo.
  • Then I set up my artwork on an easel under the sheet as in the second photo.
  • I then mount my camera to a second tripod so that I can keep it stead and have a 3 second delay on the action. This prevents any shakiness cause blurry photos.
  • I set my camera to its highest setting. I also set the camera with a delayed shot, so that I’m sure it is steady.  I have a canon with 8 pixels. I have found that this has been adequate with this method.
  • The sheet (a white sheet) lets in light, but diffuses it so that I have no glare on my painting, even a varnished one.
  • I have been successful with this for my photos for entering competitions and for print advertising.
  • My camera, a Canon Power Shot.

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  1. Sheila December 30, 2012, 12:08 pm

    this is the best set up I’ve seen yet!! I’ve always had issues with glare from the sun. Thank you!

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  2. Sharon Baker December 30, 2012, 12:11 pm

    You are so clever! This is good to know should I ever do anything good enough to photograph well. LOL

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    1. admin January 5, 2013, 10:53 pm

      Since you live in AZ, you would have similar results to mine.

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  3. suzanne callahan December 30, 2012, 12:21 pm

    great tip!! If I ever want to enter a painting in the future, I now know how to photograph it. I am a beginner so it will take a while to build up my confidence.

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    1. admin January 5, 2013, 10:53 pm

      Good luck Suzanne. I hope it works well for you too.

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  4. Diana Moses Botkin December 30, 2012, 2:33 pm

    I saw your video on this some time ago and think it is a very good method for getting digital images. One does need some bright sunshine for the diffused natural light source and to show color well, however. Snowy, rainy or grey days just don’t work (at least not for me). Maybe you have another method for those times you need a photo? Or perhaps the sun shines almost every day there and all you have to do is wait a day.

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    1. admin January 5, 2013, 10:52 pm

      I’ve thought about that Diana. Of course, Arizona is certainly different than Idaho. I usually only have to wait for a day for light. I’ve wondered if using a sheet in a studio with daylight bulbs would do the same thing. Helping with the glare and shadows.

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  5. trina braswell December 30, 2012, 5:32 pm

    Thank you so much for this tip. I do not do well when photographing my artwork so I will try this! Seems simple enough! Happy New Year!

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    1. admin January 5, 2013, 9:02 pm

      It really does work well Trina. Good luck

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