Tuesday, February 9, 2010

A Bit of Bright - Red Geranium Floral

A Bit of Bright - Red Geranium Floral by Nancy Medina


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I've wrestled with photographing paintings for so long I finally found something almost by accident that works! I wanted to share this with you in case you have had the same challenges. Here's a neat shortcut for photographing small paintings indoors that is much cheaper than a professional photography setup if you don't have the space.

In the photo below, you can see that I have the image tilted forward on my work easel. I had to try this in several spots in the studio before I found one that gave me the least amount of glare. I tilt the painting forward to reduce the glare, and I use a setting on the camera that turns off the flash. I'm sure you're wondering why that painting is upside down. Has she been drinking? Are the studio assistants in the background snickering? Actually, because I have to tilt the painting, I always get a slight angle when I crop the final picture. If I am going to have to cut off some sides, I want those cuts to happen as far from my focal point flowers as possible. For me, my focal point flowers are always in the top of the painting.

This is far from perfect, but for a quick snapshot of something that is hopefully going to move out of your gallery quickly, it's an easy way to get a decent photo.

How I photographed Bit of Bright


Autumn Leaves said...

A great tip, Nancy! Love the reds with Valentine's Day right around the corner. I was thinking how hydrangea-like these groupings of of geraniums look. I love that! A bit of spring in these dreary days...

Kathy said...

That tip is also good if your work is underglass,
I love your geraniums...I want summer!!!! Nice use of your colors on all of your flowers. Thanks for sharing.

The Muse said...

wonderful of you to share...
i am still very new to photography....

your still life today seems so earthy, very appealing!