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Photographing the painting

Originally posted on February, 6, 2009

"Untitled" Golden Open acrylic on 100% cotton paper, 24,5cm x 18,5cm, 2009
"Untitled" Golden Open acrylic on 100% cotton paper, 24,5cm x 18,5cm, 2009

The last 2 days have been spent for the most part working on images in Adobe photoshop (and Adobe Lightroom). Over the years in the photographing of paintings I’ve had my best results photographing in direct sunlight. For me, simple is best. In the past, I’ve been the proud owner of sophisticated electronic umbrella lighting. And if you like to play with “stuff” this way this may be your cup of tea. The drawback, however, when we depend on sunlight is that for a good part of the year, it does not cooperate. As well of course, the sunlight changes of quality.(temperature) throughout the day and then it gets dark. Not to speak of rain and wind. Often conditions are not correct at the time we are ready to photograph a painting.

Enter photoshop. The ease of digital photograph includes the complexity of photoshop. In order to correctly render colors there is a fairly steep (for most people) learning curve to learning photo processing with photoshop.

Most painters, me included, have some difficulty with highly technical stuff of this sort. But the freedom to photograph and quickly post your work on a web site makes all of the effort a small price in my estimation.

The small painting above was done after the struggling with the larger one on canvas the day before I struggled also with this one as well.

Published in french as Photographier la peinture

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