How to use your cellphone to take a picture of your art
As artists, many of us know how frustrating it can be if you’ve produced a wonderfully vibrant, colourful piece of work and when you photograph it to place it online, the colours in the photo come out all wrong or it’s as blurry as anything even though you could swear it was in focus when you started! And since the art is the actual product you’re trying to sell, it’s important that it represents your skills and talents, and the actual photograph itself, accurately.
Not everybody has a fancy camera with which to take masterful photographs, or it may not be conveniently accessed but most of us have cellphones.
It’s worth noting that not all cellphone cameras are born equal, and if you are in the market for one which produces a good picture, there are some factors to take note of: (https://thesmartphonephotographer.com/good-vs-bad-mobile-camera/)
- Sensor size.
This is one of the most important factors impacting quality of photo in any digital camera. Phone cameras have notably smaller sensors than digital cameras.
- Pixel size:
The size of these also impact the quality of the photograph. In general, the bigger the pixel size, the better.
The more megapixels a camera has, the higher resolution photograph it will produce.
This is the diameter of the opening through which light enters the camera.
The quality of these differ from phone to phone and can substantially affect picture quality.
- Image stabilization:
By countering the camera movements caused by shaky hands, the lens is able to stay in one position and therefore produce a sharp image despite the fact. This effect can also be achieved by using a tripod, as discussed a little further on.
All these tips and more were found on https://thesmartphonephotographer.com/good-vs-bad-mobile-camera/ – have a look for further information.
Whichever cellphone camera you have, there are steps outside of technology you can take to produce a photo using your cellphone which is at least passable.
A tripod might be an accessories worth having, but it is not compulsory.
Follow these steps and you can produce a large portfolio of artwork online, represented by photos which bear a good resemblance to the original.
Tips and Mistakes
- Take your photo outside in the shade. A natural light source represents the colours much truer than man-made light. You can also move around to various spots at various times of the day and take snaps to see which works out the best for you. Wedding photographers will say that it’s better to film on a cloudy day because clouds act as a light diffuser and the quality of the light works out better. (https://patriciavargas.com/how-to-photograph-your-art-with-your-phone/)
- Prepare the space in which you are taking the photograph. Just as your art has been composed in the manner in which you want it, or you may have been trained to do, it’s worth making the effort to make sure that your photograph is set up properly too. If your art is relatively small you can place it on a backboard (white is a great colour because it helps minimize shadows and helps reflect light). If they are larger you can prop them up facing the light source. It may also be a good idea to hang your art on a wall. If it’s still not even and you have a shadow, there’s a simple way to fix this – cover a sheet of cardboard with tinfoil and place the shiny side facing the light source, moving it around until it reflects the light on the shadow, removing it. (https://patriciavargas.com/how-to-photograph-your-art-with-your-phone/)
- Use the light and other settings on your cellphone to set up your image. Set up the phone on the tripod, if you have chosen to use one. It’s recommended to then set the timer on your phone to take your photographs. These steps will ensure that your photo stays in focus.
- Try to frame your artwork nicely in the picture. You can also crop the picture by using your phone’s edit feature. (If your phone doesn’t have this you can download an app like Polish.)
- If you feel that the colours are still not fully correct, you can use an app like Instagram to edit aspects like contrast, saturation, sharpen etc. Compare the end result to your original by placing the two together. Another app you can use to achieve these results is Google Photos which has similar manual adjustment options to Instagram.
- Snap away! When you are done, and if you are still not satisfied with the outcome, the nice thing about the phone camera is that you can just delete it and try again, or do some further editing using the apps mentioned. When you are satisfied, go ahead and save your photo for uploading!
- Possibly the biggest mistake of all is to take the photo indoors in a dark room or at night.
- Shaking or moving while taking an image. Calm down, and set you shutter speed up to compensate.
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We look forward to seeing your wonderful photographs on our site very soon!