How do you photograph paintings?

Discussion in 'General' started by ChiefBuddha, Mar 13, 2012.

  1. I have some paintings of mine that i'm going to put up for sale online. I have a nice dslr camera, i just need to know whats the best way to take the photo of the paintings to get the most out of the painting? i.e. high/low aperture settings, exposure, background, flash/no flash, etc. Please let me know if you have any knowledge of any of this :) Thank you
  2. No flash. Light source from in front of the painting as well as above (think like a studio set up). Aperture is not really an issue: just make sure it's focused. Depth of field, so long as the entire image is focused, isn't entirely important for something like this. Personally, I'd stay on the lower end of the aperture range, and increase/decrease by only 1 or 2 full stops. A wide open aperture may pick up too much in the background. I'm not sure what you're going for, though.

    Exposure, and even ISO, are going to depend, of course, on your light setup.
  3. Thanks man this really helps a lot. Regarding the light source. I have no photography equipment other than my camera. Do you think ceiling lights/lamps would be good? Or should I figure out something else?

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