Photographing Your Art

How To Take Photographs of Your Art – By Mollie Vaughan

A few tips from our Committee Member Mollie Vaughan, for artists wanting to take better images of their artwork while in isolation…


Note: the better quality your artwork’s photos are, the more likely you are to sell the work. Having a good photo of your work makes it (and you) look professional  to those who may be interested in your practice.

– If you have a DSLR camera or smaller digital camera, this is best, but if you don’t have access to these your phone’s camera should be fine. 

-When photographing your work make sure that your work is well lit by NATURAL light (from the sun). The light should be evenly spread over your work and NOT have any shadows cast onto it. This makes sure that your photo doesn’t look grainy/pixelated.

-Photograph your work straight on, no weird angles. We want your work to be the sole focus.

-If your work is behind glass, try to angle your work in relation to your light source so there is NO REFLECTION appearing in the photograph.

-If your work is framed, please do not include the frame in the photograph, again we want only your work to be the sole focus. 

Here is a link for more information, here they look at photographing a sketch book but the same principles apply.