View Full Version : Question about taking pictures of your own art work

04-24-2007, 01:13 AM
When taking a picture of your own work I wanted to know if anyone knew how to get rid of the flash reflecting off of a picture using photoshop or anyother program that could get rid of it. My cheap camera doesn't have the ability to turn off the flash. Its driving me nuts. :confused: I would really appreciate the help.

Susan Borgas
04-24-2007, 05:32 AM
Might be worth posting your question in the Photography forum (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/channels.php?s=&channel_id=23) of WetCanvas as I doubt that you will get many replies here. :D

04-24-2007, 08:30 AM
Better yet, I just moved your thread to the Photography forum where someone may have an answer for you.

Check out these two links to articles on WetCanvas! and see if they help -



As far as using Photoshop, I'm afraid it would be next to impossible. The flash reflecting off of artwork overexposes that area of the artwork, resulting in white patches. It would be nice to just be able to remove those white patches, but the problem is that the white patches is all there is - there is no image detail under the white patches. The only possible way you could do it in Photoshop is if the area(s) is small and you are able to reconstruct the missing image details using Photoshop's cloning and drawing tools. Very time consuming to do, and the results will probably not be what you want. The obvious answer is to get the photograph done right in the first place.


04-24-2007, 09:39 AM
Well, Ray's kinda right there. Although, with experience in photoshop, you can utilize the healing brush tool. Of course, it sure is time consuming, but if the area covered by the flash is not so much, you can come out with flawless results.

The best option though, is to take the pictures of your artworks without flash, in a well lit room or outdoors in sunlight.

04-24-2007, 10:11 AM
I guess it would be helpful to know if your camera flashes ALL the time, or only when it thinks it needs more light. If you are taking a picture in full sun, does it still flash?


04-24-2007, 12:48 PM
I've tried setting up a bunch of bright lights in the room I take the pictures in but the flash still comes on. And the flash does turn off in extremely BRIGHT sun light. I haven't tried doing it outside yet because I'm afraid that the light from outside would be overwhelming in the picture, but I'll give it a try. Thanx guys. And thank you for the links thumbs :).

04-24-2007, 02:54 PM
I guess a new camera is in order. :D


04-24-2007, 05:40 PM
If you cant turn the flash off, why dont you try holding some white tissue paper in front of it to diffuse it?

04-24-2007, 11:36 PM
gah, I would love to be able to afford a new camera, but unfortionatly I don't see that happening for awhile. :(

And wow I've never heard of holding tissue in front of the camera. That actually sounds like it would work. thanx :)

04-25-2007, 02:57 AM

04-25-2007, 06:13 AM
If it's a digital camera they usually have an option somewhere in the menu to turn the flash off, though if it doesn't you will need to block or diffuse it like windy suggested or stick some black electrical tape over it, that stuff should come off easily too.

Tryin the get the glare off the image would be really difficult if not impossile to get a good result.

good luck