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Old 01-03-2002, 11:39 PM   #1
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How I photograph a painting outdoors




Right now, I send my paintings to a pro to photograph as I don't have the time or inclination to fuss with it myself. However, here's how I used to (successfully) photograph my paintings out of doors (see illustration below).

I'd nail some black non reflective cloth on the north side of the house, garage, barn, whatever.

Then I would hang the painting at eye level over the black cloth so that the cloth was blocking out the background. Having the painting hang vertically and the camera lens aimed dead center on it will eliminate any distortion.

I would stand in the shadow cast by the building (so that no sun would be directed at the camera lens) and photograph the painting using a tripod to avoid any blur. With the north light, there would be no glare. If the sky was slightly overcast, that would be OK too.

I hope this helps somebody.
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