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How to professionally photograph painting-more than 15 secre

Postby wwwrybakowcom » Wed Aug 26, 2009 5:49 am

ARTIST Valery Rybakow www.rybakow.com
Secrets creation paintings only palette knife.
In this article: How to professionally photograph painting - more than 15 secrets!

Valery Rybakow is modern painter who creates unique paintings: landscapes, seascapes, figures of people, portraits and many other things paintings with only palette knife (without use of

Artist Rybakow in Belarus - in the country where known artist Mark Shagal was born was born.

After the termination of university Valery Rybakow all time improved technics of painting - that is
ightly reflected in its paintings.

Now paintings written by artist Valery Rybakows are in many private collections of the different countries of the world.

How to professionally photograph painting - 15 secrets! It is best to photograph a painting that is supported firmly. This is true for the painting and the camera. A tripod-mounted camera will give you less shake, and a better focus.

You should use either a remote shutter release, or a shutter delay option. Most cameras have such an option now. It is designed to allow the person taking the photo to be a part of the photograph. When you press the shutter button, you will have a few seconds delay before the photograph is taken. This 3 to 5 second delay will remove any vi
ations from the camera image.

It is very important that the painting is centered with the lens of the camera, not just the camera house. Check this. Use a yardstick or other long straight edge to check. Do not use a short ruler, as this will put your painting too close to the camera.

You don’t want to be too close to the painting when you take the picture. This will lead to distortions of the image. You will want to be at least a 3 meters or a yard from the painting. You can use the zoom function if you have it. It is better to crop a photograph later. This is easy to do in most computer software. If you are taking a digital photo, make sure your camera is on the highest setting. The more information the camera takes in the better the photo. If you have a portrait setting on your camera, this would be the setting to use.

The portrait setting has a different white balance, and a shorter focal point. Most portraits are taken at less than 6 ft. I can't remember the conversion off hand, but I think, less than 5 or 6 meters.
Also, if you need to take the photo with a flash, make sure it is point up, towards the ceiling. If you cannot move your flash, and many point and shot or fixed flash, tape a bit of white paper to the front of the camera, in a little L that will deflect the flash.

If you can turn it off, and simply take a longer exposure, that would be better.

The best light to photograph a painting in is simple daylight, under cover, not in direct sunlight. Glare is a real problem with oil paintings, and direct sunlight will make this work. You can use white panels to get more uniform light by bouncing light around the painting. Avoid strong sources of light.

You will find taking photos on a cloudy day will give better results that
ight days, but good photos can be gotten in almost any light situation if care is taken.

You have some good advice for people taking photos for their records and for uploading to the web.

One more thing, AFTER you take the picture, and you have cropped it, do a saveas, and downsize for the web.

You do not need an image larger than 200KB for posting to this or any other website. It needs to be a jpeg or gif.

Thanks, Starr, for more correct English translation :-)

Do not use the flash built in the camera - it strongly lights painting. If you have a pair of flashlights it is possible to carry them in the parties, well and it is necessary to experiment...

It is desirable, that opposite to painting there was nothing
ight as it too can be reflected. For example - a white shirt of the photographer or a silvery support (it is possible to cover with a dark matter).

For struggle against patches of light it is possible to use the polarising filter also. It is such nozzle on an objective from the polarised glass, rotating which, it is possible to receive reduction of patches of light.

Do not use cameras from mobile phones.

It is not terrible, if other subjects get to a shot, leave a place round painting. Not the necessary subjects round painting can be cut off easily in the graphic editor.

For the publication only on the Internet, it is not necessary to pursue a considerable quantity of pixels (for digital cameras). At the photo developed on all screen, All of you equally do not distinguish, where 4 million pixels, and where 12 million

For owners of digital cameras:
Use a mode of the least sensitivity of a film (ISO). The it is less - the better, since less than colour noise.

If in your camera there is a mode "balance white" necessarily use it.

For those who does not know - "balance white", it when before a camera objective is put a pure white sheet of paper and the balance mode (WB) joins. After that, the camera itself will correct colours according to this white sheet. It is necessary that colours in a picture were transferred as much as possible correctly.

For owners of film cameras:
Choose a film with minimum value ISO. The it is less - the better.

It is better to use a colour positive (slide) film. It has less granularity.

To scan it is necessary a film, instead of photos! As there are less than intermediate stages between photographing and reception of a digital file, and accordingly the file will be better to correspond to the original. For scanning - try to find the special scanner for a film. The tablet scanner - only as a last resort.

Do not forget to disconnect a mode "date" (if it is available)! Otherwise in a shot date will be visible. And to clean it it is problematic.

If you wish to do painting reproductions the method described above suits only partially.

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Postby Singular » Wed Aug 26, 2009 7:30 am

Great article Valery. Thanks so much for posting it.

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