How to take Professional Photos of your Artwork

Back in the days before social media, it could take months before anyone would see your artwork. You’d have to wait for a big exhibition or get in front of an art dealer if you wanted to share your creativity with the world.

But now, you can turn your works digital, create online galleries, and build a digital portfolio that anyone can explore.

High-quality photos of your artwork can be used for competition entries, portfolio records, self-documentation, worldwide reputation management, and more.

Here’s how you can take professional photographs that accurately represent your artworks.

“It’s like the artwork comes off of life support, it’s taking a life on its own right when the viewer when the viewer sees it, that’s when I believe that that’s when the work actually turns to life.” — Cande Aguilar @barriopop

Choose the right camera

Choose between a DSLR or modern smartphone

You have two main two camera options; Your smartphone camera, or a professional DSLR camera.

In recent years, the gap in quality has reduced dramatically between the two. As long as your smartphone model is under 3 years old and has a camera above 12-megapixels, it should take high-quality pictures suitable for online sharing. This is a great option if you want to record your work quickly with minimal investment.

A DSLR is the best choice if you need to capture every detail in perfect clarity and have hands-on control over exposure and contrast. Use a tripod and adjust the ISO down to 100 to capture crisp details without introducing noise and grain. The ideal range for your f-stop setting (the focal length) is between f-8 and f-11 (depending on your lighting setup).

Whether you’re using a point-and-shoot smartphone or a DSLR in a studio, one of the best ways to make your photos look more professional is a tripod. Your hand naturally shakes slightly when you take a photo, giving your images a slight blur. A tripod will allow you to frame your shot perfectly and capture razor sharp details.

How to light your artwork for photos

Professional studio setup

To get the perfect studio-style shot, point two diffused lights at your artwork from a 45-degree angle. They should be white and far enough away to avoid any hotspots of light spilling onto your work.

Diffusing the lights with white paper, white photography umbrellas, or cloth will reduce light intensity and create a smooth level of ambient light. This setup is designed to get the most accurate representation of your artwork.

To highlight the texture of your piece

Place one of your lights slightly closer at a sharper 30-degree angle and make it brighter than the opposing light. This technique casts a deeper shadow on your piece, making the textured areas pop.

How to use natural light most effectively

If you don’t have studio lights, you can generate the above setup by using natural light. Position your artwork on a wall near a window or doorway and make sure there are no sharp shadows falling over it.

Try to shoot on an overcast day as the light will be more ambient and neutral in color. If you shoot on a sunny day, make sure the sunlight is not directly hitting your work (you can diffuse sunlight coming in through a window by using white paper or cloth).

You angle will make or break the photograph

A tripod is absolutely essential if you want to get the perfect angle. Make sure your artwork is aligned flat and the perspective is not warped.

Hang your artwork flat against the wall, and set your tripod up directly in front of it at the appropriate height. Check that your piece fills as much of the frame as possible and that all angles are straight, not tilted (see the diagram below).

Avoid shooting your art on the floor increases your chance of shadows, poor lighting, and distorted perspective. Always hang it up on the wall and use a tripod to get the perfect angle.

Do a light photo edit to stay true to reality

On your desktop computer, you can download, organize and edit photos from your DSLR or smartphone using software like Adobe Photoshop or Lightroom. Or you can use the image editing software GIMP for free.

If you’re shooting from your smartphone, use the native editor for basic edits or download the lite app versions of Photoshop or Lightroom for more control.

Typically edits include; brightness and contrast adjustment to pop out extra details, tweaking the exposure and color correction, and cropping the photograph to remove the excess background.

Sharing your photographed artwork online

If you want to share just one piece of art, upload and post your photos to Instagram. It’s a great platform to build a stronger social media presence and generate anticipation among your followers with work in progress WIP snapshots.

To share a series or body of work, you can use the D Emptyspace app to create a virtual gallery. The app helps you set up a professional portfolio and online exhibition that you can easily share with others.

Download the app on iOS:

Android version coming soon!

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New Features: Add and Customize Galleries, Improved Sharing, Featured Galleries

New Features: Add and Customize Galleries, Improved Sharing, Featured Galleries

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You asked and we listened! Since we launched D Emptyspace about three weeks ago, artists, photographers, and art lovers have sent us dozens of messages.

Two things are clear: You’re excited about D Emptyspace and you want it to be even better.

So this week we’ve rolled out several new updates to the app that address the top three things you asked for: The ability to customize your galleries, improvements to sharing galleries and featured galleries to help you discover new artists.

Add, Delete, and Customize Your Galleries

When D Emptyspace launched, everyone got three galleries with three walls. We got so many emails from people asking for more galleries or different configurations that we knew we had to move this to the top of our to-do list.

Here’s what we’ve changed. New members will get one default gallery (white with 3 walls). You can add two more galleries, for a total of three. You can select the number of walls in your new galleries (3, 5, or 8), along with the color of the space (minimalist white, neutral beige or dramatic dark).

Select the number of walls in your new gallery.
Set the color theme for your new gallery.

Want to delete one of your old galleries and make a new one with a different number of walls or a different color? For now, you’ll find delete button on the gallery statement page. We’ll find a more convenient spot for it soon.

We know that some of you want more than three galleries. Hold tight! We’ll have something for you soon.

Improved Sharing

We thought we had the perfect solution for sharing. Let people take a screenshot of a gallery, automatically generate an invitation link, and let people share it using the phone’s own sharing menu. As it turns out, we created a totally hidden feature that only about 10% of our members found on their own!

With our latest update, we’ve done something radical and added an actual share button!

From any gallery, just tap the statement button to enter the gallery statement page.

You’ll find the share button conveniently located right there!

For fans of the screenshot method of sharing, don’t despair. That one still works too!

Featured Galleries

Randomly finding new artists with the shuffle button or searching for specific usernames are good ways to find new people on D Emptyspace, but what about the artwork that really stands out?

Now, when you tap the search button (magnifying glass) in the tap bar at the bottom of the screen, you’ll see a series of featured galleries curated by our team.

Tap any of them to be amazed. (If you want to see more from the same artist, tap their handle at the top of the screen to visit their profile.)

Download D Emptyspace for iOS:

Android version coming soon!

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How to move photos of your art from computer to iPhone

How to move photos of your art from computer to iPhone

Taking great photos of your art is a necessity if you want to share them online. But with so many different methods, editing apps, and device types out there, it’s easy to get confused with the technicalities of sharing images.

Here are the fastest and easiest ways to transfer your art from your Mac or Windows PC to your iPhone, so that you can use them in the D Emptyspace galleries you curate.

How to transfer images from your computer to your iPhone wirelessly.

While it’s still possible to plug in a cable and download media from your computer to your iPhone, it’s probably not necessary if you are connected to the internet.

If you are using Adobe’s Creative Cloud products (like Lightroom and Photoshop) to edit your photographs, you can easily set up automatic syncing that shares your images across all your signed-in devices (particularly useful if you’re juggling between a desktop, laptop, and iPhone).

All methods, unless otherwise stated, can be used to transfer from a Windows computer or a Mac to an iPhone.

Lightroom CC (recommended method)

NOTE: You need to have Lightroom CC installed on both your devices. If you are using Lightroom classic, you will need to export your photos and transfer them using one of the methods below.

Step 1:

In the “Library” section, go to the “Identity Plate” and click it to open the “Activity Center.” Enable syncing by clicking “Start”. (make sure this option is active on both devices).

Step 2:

Open the “Collections” panel and choose which collections get synced.

Step 3:

On your iPhone, you can now open your synced collections on the Lightroom CC app. Just download them to your device to prepare for upload to D Emptyspace.

Photoshop CC (and other Creative Cloud users)

If you are using Adobe’s Creative Cloud, there is a shared folder you can use to transfer your images.

Step 1:

Export your images from Photoshop to JPEG format.

Step 2:

Locate the Creative Cloud folder on your computer (available both on Mac and Windows) and move the images you want to that folder.

Step 3:

Sign into Creative Cloud on Mobile to access your images and press the download button to save the images to your device. Click here for a more detailed explanation.

Step 4:

On your iPhone, you can now upload your saved photos to D Emptyspace from your gallery.

AirDrop (only for iPhone and Mac users)

This method will only work if you are using a Mac computer. AirDrop is only available on Apple devices.

Step 1:

Save your photos from the image editing software of your choice to JPEG file format.

Step 2:

Locate and select your image, right click, select share, then select AirDrop.

Step 3:

On your iPhone, navigate to the iDrop app to see your images. Photos should be automatically added to your photos app.

Step 4:

You can now upload your photos to D Emptyspace.

Google Drive

NOTE: If you prefer Dropbox or Microsoft OneDrive the process is essentially the same as for Google Drive, just using different apps.

Step 1:

Install and sign into Google Drive on both your computer (or laptop) and your iPhone.

Step 2:

From your computer, drag and drop your photographs into Google Drive.

Step 3:

From your iPhone, open the Google Drive app and select the photos you want (select multiples by long pressing) and press the download button (looks like a downwards arrow).

Step 4:

When you add a photo in the D Emptyspace app, your downloaded photos should appear in your “Recently added” folder.

How to curate your gallery online

Customize your gallery on D Emptyspace

Once you’ve moved your photos from your computer to your phone, you’re ready to start using them in D Emptyspace galleries. If you need tips on how to curate amazing galleries, some of the articles and interviews linked below may come in handy:

Need some help getting started with D Emptyspace or just wondering at this point “What the heck in D Emptyspace, anyway?” Here’s our Quickstart Guide.

Download D Emptyspace for iOS:

Android version coming soon!

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