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09-14-2006, 04:15 PM
Hi Everyone,
I am new to this so bear with me. I need to know what kind of bulbs to buy to photograph my oil paintings. I ha ve bought a set of three lights on tripods at the advice of someone but don't know what kind of lights I need. Do hope that you can help.

09-14-2006, 04:19 PM
I suppose if you are going to use bulbs that full spectrum bulbs would be the best but most bulbs of any kind will cause a glare on your paintings. I have found the best way to photograph oil painting (or acrylics for that matter) is to take the pictures on a bright sunlit day but take the photo in the shade outside.

09-14-2006, 05:35 PM
I would agree with Snoball. Eliminating reflection is important.

09-14-2006, 08:11 PM
I prefer to never use flash when photographing paintings.
Room light and proper camera settings works for me, but if the ambient light indoors is inadequate, I shoot outside watching out for sun glare or shadows.