How do you photograph your Artwork?

I could never do a good job taking photographs of my artwork. I either had too much glare, too much light, or not enough light. During the week of Thanksgiving, my son Jonathan ( jonathanmeter.com and The Bite sized blog ) who is a photographer in New York city came home to Philly. I asked him to PLEASE take photos of all my new artwork while he was here. He came up with a different method of taking the photographs so I didn’t always have to wait for him to visit to have pictures of my paintings. The week before he came, he sent me a link to a business and told me to buy 4 sheets of Roscolux #116 Tough White Diffusion (1100) paper which I bought for $30.

Once he was here, we went to Dick Blick Art Supply and he got the materials needed to make 2 24″x24″ frames, the kind you use to make your own canvas, and some kind of special tape. He built 2 flat frames and attached  the diffusion paper to them. He then taped the frames to 2 step stools and put a light on each side that shines through. See a photo of the set-up below.  The set-up is easy to disassemble to store and to reassemble when needed.

@Dora Ficher Art

Last week, while getting everything ready to launch my new website/blog, I photographed all my new work and it came out quite nice. He is definitely my hero! If you have been reading my blog for a while, I’m sure you heard me say this before in  the artist interview I did with Jonathan and in my older post called “My son, my hero”.

Thanks to his design, it is now so easy to do this by myself. No problems with light, glare, or lack of light. He even suggested that I add more light to the sides to get even better images. But I have to say that I am happy with what I got.

@Dora Ficher Art
@Dora Ficher Art
@Dora Ficher Art

Thanks everyone for your patience while my website/blog were going through a transition.

I will now be doing my artist interviews once a month so stay tuned.

This Wednesday I will have  an interview with artist Lorraine Glessner. Lorraine is the artist who taught me all about encaustic painting. I took a 2 day workshop with her last December and fell in love with encaustic!

Any questions about the photo set up? write them in a comment.