Photographing Your Artwork…
I think one of the most important things I have done for myself as an artist was to find a professional photographer to photograph my artwork. It’s been an expense that has been well worth the investment. Charley Frieberg in Wilmot, NH is my guy and I thank God I found him. (Thank you Gail Smuda for the tip!)
I try and bring in at least four pieces at a time because my photographer charges by the hour and I can usually get four works photographed in an hour. If I only have a piece or two, I’ll share time with Gail and we will split the bill. I work with Charley to photo-style the artwork according to my vision and I act as a photo assistant by helping him with lights, holding reflective panels, etc. I pick the shots I like and then he will color correct the work and send me the hi res files via Dropbox.
In a pinch, I will take photos myself but all I have is an iPhone and Photoshop knowledge. The photos just don’t do justice to the work. Here is an example a photo I took of work in progress in my studio from a recent blog post, A Work In Progress.
And here is the finished piece as photographed by Charley…
It’s like night and day! Charley’s photo accurately represents the colors and textures of the artwork.
In the last photo session, Gail and I had several collaborative works photographed. Due to the scale of the work, we could never have done it ourselves…
If you do very flat 2-d work, you can probably get by with your phone camera, but if there is any sort of texture or three dimensional qualities to your work. Do yourself a favor and hire a professional.
You won’t regret it!
You can see more of Laura Morrison’s Work at LauraMorrisonArt.com
Featured Image Photo: Small Soldiers by Laura Morrison (Photo by Charley Freiberg)
Photo 1: Emergence-Works in Progress by Laura Morrison (Photo by Laura Morrison)
Photo 2: Emergence by Laura Morrison (Photo by Charley Freiberg)
Photo 3: Charley Frieberg in his studio (Photo by Laura Morrison)
Photo 4: At Loose Ends by Laura Morrison and Gail Smuda (Photo by Charley Freiberg)
Photo 4: At Loose Ends-Detail by Laura Morrison and Gail Smuda (Photo by Charley Freiberg)