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How to take quality photographs of your painting using a mobile phone


As an artist, you spend a lot of time and energy in creating a painting. It represents you, your style, your values, and so much more. You are proud of your collection and have taken important steps to ensure its longevity. So how can you best document it?


We can’t carry our collection with us. But we can share the photographs of the artworks on different social networking apps like Instagram and Facebook. You can easily share your new artwork with friends and family if you have great photographs of it.



Taking your painting off the easel away from standard household lamps and placing it in natural daylight will make the biggest difference to almost every aspect of the photography process but primarily color accuracy.

  • Use bright, indirect natural lighting.
  • Natural light fluorescent bulbs can also be a good choice,
  • Avoid deep shadows and dappling effects.
  • Position the lights and the artwork carefully before taking the photo.


Frame your shot

Make sure that everything you want in the shot is in the picture, and ready to be captured. Framing is the key to any photo, it is how you want people to see your photo but it is very subjective and can take a lot of time to understand and improve.

On the side of putting too much space into your picture; you can always crop it later.


Clean the lens

Over time the camera lens can collect lint and create a blurred image. Just give it a good wipe with a clean cloth.


Don’t use flash

If you find yourself using flash because whole the scene is insufficiently lit, you're probably taking photographs indoors in poor light. Don't do this. On the other hand, a flash is a good option for filling in shadows in harsh sunlight.


Hang your artwork on the wall

We regularly see artwork photographed leaned up against a wall and shot from a downward angle. Find a neutral colored wall (white, black, gray) and hang your work at a height where the middle of the piece will be parallel to where your camera will be.


Avoid ZOOM

Do not ever use the zoom on your smartphone. I think this is the first step towards taking a bad smartphone picture. If you want to zoom in on something, use your legs and move!


Use camera Apps

Mobile photography is awesome because of the thousands of apps that are dedicated to the camera on smartphones.

These apps are incredibly helpful in editing your work. While you can't correct problems like bad lighting, you can improve other details to make a subject look acne-free, sharpen specific aspects of an image or let you add interesting text or other effects over the photo.

Find your favorite photo app, learn to use it well, and you can take your already awesome image onto the next level.


Take multiple photos

When you have the art in full view, start taking multiple pictures, some will tend to be out of focus so these can be deleted later and you will be left with the best quality images to upload. This will save your time from having to come back and give you the best quality possible.


Finally, take the picture

Keep your hand steady as you press the shutter button. After you take the picture, keep the phone in position to allow the picture to be recorded. If you move immediately after pressing the shutter button, often you will just get a blur!


Get Your Art Seen On Social Media platforms

In this step, add a description detailing the inspiration behind the piece to have people connect to the work. Add relevant locations so people in the areas you want to reach will be made aware of your work. Directly tag the people you know of whose attention you want to grab in particular. Then, it is time to choose the hashtags to get as many people as possible aware of this upload.





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