FAQ: How To Photograph Paintings Without Glare?

How do you remove glare from a painting?

Here’s the best thing you can do to avoid harsh glare: Wherever you are thinking about hanging your art, simply take a piece of flat glass and hold it up to your wall. Odds are you may not have that lying around, so simply try a glass frame. Hold it up on your wall morning, noon, and night.

How do you photograph a painting without glare on iPhone?

Hold a white surface, such as a piece of foam core, opposite your light source. This will reflect the light into the shadows and balance out the light. When the iPhone’s camera is facing the subject, touch the portion of the screen where the subject appears. This will tell the phone where it should focus.

Is it better to scan or photograph art?

For simple works (basically those that are not acrylic or oils and do not have any embellishments or three dimensional aspect to them) you will actually usually get a better result through scanning than photography. You’ll get much more resolution, and a more evenly lit and predictable result.

How do you take good pictures of oil paintings?

Straighten your painting up to a 90% angle with the surface it is resting on. As you photograph, look for glare and if you see any, tip it slightly forward. Be careful to avoid distorting your painting, and adjust the camera to the same lean as the canvas.

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What is the best lens for photographing artwork?

A good choice of lens for photographing art is a 50mm or 100mm prime lens with decent close-focusing capability. Many people use macro lenses, not least because they create very little distortion at close range. A high-quality zoom will suffice at around portrait-length.

Can you photograph art with iPhone?

You want to capture your pictures at the maximum possible quality. Many modern phones are incredibly good at this, but you might have to tweak the settings. To take quality pictures of your art on an iPhone, you should use the “high efficiency” mode, found in settings > camera.

How do you take pictures of outdoor art?

Diffused daylight with bright, overcast skies is best for photographing art outdoors. Try the open shade (a color correction filter might be needed to eliminate the bluish cast of shadows in daylight). Or, turn your painting at a 45 degree angle from the sun. (This usually works best for me).

Why do my drawings look bad on camera?

When you’re indoors and there isn’t as much light, the shutter speed has to be open longer to allow enough light in from the small or less bright light source. The longer the shutter is open, the longer you have to stay still and the higher the chance there is of camera shake, which can make the image look blurred.