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Photographing my Work


Every artist knows that you need to have good, high quality photos of your work if you hope to attract any attention online. This applies to:

  • Your website.
  • Blog.
  • Social media.
  • Physical mail such as postcards.

We all know this, yet it's hard to get good advice. I am no expert, so I'm merely passing along what I've learned from scouring the internet and talking to professional photographers. So, consider this post a quick source for where to find some useful information, via the following links:

In the photo at the top of this post, you can see how I followed the advice. I bought two Neewer softboxes from Amazon ( which cost $90. They were well worth the price: very bright daylight-style bulbs, can go up to 7 feet high, and they have an opaque covering over the front to diffuse the light.

Then I set up the lights at either side, at an angle of roughly 45 degrees. Some of my paintings are very reflective, so I adjusted the position of the lights as necessary, until it reduced the glare on the surface of the painting. 

I have a digital SLR camera, but it's nearly 10 years old, so in the end my Galaxy S10 phone had a better camera. AS you can see in the above photo, I also have a ring light with a camera holder at the centre. This meant I could fix the camera-phone in position, set the camera to shoot on a timer, then step away to reduce any camera shake.

Result: good, high quality photos which I am already using to update my website and to put together an online exhibition.

Finally, here is a setup I used to shoot some ceramic sculptures:

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