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Feb 14, 2019

Polarizing the Light to Photograph your Paintings without Glare...

Not the way to do it...
© Trevor Taylor 2019
I am often asked what is the best way to photograph a painting, especially if it has a glossy finish – and while my answer can range between shooting it outdoors on an overcast day, or in the shade, and digitally correcting the color for the inevitable shift that will occur – I think Trevor Taylor has detailed an easy low-cost way to shoot your work in your studio. Trevor's method is exactly what I pay a pro to do when I don't want the hassle of photographing my own work.

The cleverest part in Trevor's post is how to use cardboard boxes to hold the polarizing filters to the aluminum clamp housings, and +90 CRI index GE Reveal™ Lightbulbs for full-spectrumlight. Once you get the gear and set up your studio, shooting your work becomes easy. 

One thing to note, however, is that when you polarize the light your paintings will look as though they have gained in contrast, especially in the dark passages. (They may even appear a little warmer in overall hue.) This is because the polarizing also eliminates the subtle 'velvet' (soft reflectivity) you are used to seeing in those darks – not because you are doing something wrong. So if the appearance of extra contrast is an issue you will still need to digitally fuss with the image after each shot.

(Re-published with the author's permission © Trevor Taylor 2019)

How To Eliminate Glare When Photographing Artwork 
The first impression of your artwork matters most and in today’s age that will most likely be a photo. You may need to submit pieces to galleries, post on social media, send out newsletters, or update your website. Whatever it is, paintings are notoriously difficult to photograph but paying for professional shots for each piece quickly adds up. Thankfully, a small investment and a little practice will give you great results, perfect for online use and even small art prints or reproductions...
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Thank you Trevor for allowing me to share this tip with my readers!...


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