Taking a good photograph of your artwork is a crucial step in the process of displaying and selling your art online. Online viewers will only be able to judge you as an artist by the digital images they see—so you will always need high-quality photos of your art in order to sell your work online and be taken seriously.
The wrong way to photograph your art:
Walk up to your art hanging on a wall. Bring the camera to your eye. Take a snapshot.
A better way to photograph your art:
An SLR or “prosumer” camera is the best choice for taking photos of your art, but a point-and-shoot camera will work too. What’s most important is knowing how to use the camera. Have your camera manual handy as you go through the following steps:
1. Choose the highest megapixel setting
If you only need online display images, your camera can be set to lower megapixels. To sell digital images as prints, however, you’ll need to produce the largest, best-quality images possible. When in doubt, always use the highest megapixel setting on your camera.
2. Turn off flash
Don’t use your on-camera flash! It will create a glare on your artwork. Check your manual if necessary to see how to turn it off.