View Full Version : Photographing acrylic painintgs

Warren Peterson
05-19-2011, 04:49 PM
What's the best way to photograph an acrylic painting? Lighting, equipment etc?

Charlie's Mum
05-19-2011, 05:05 PM
Idylbrush is probably your best 'informant' for this :)

I use an easel - as near vertical as poss, good daylight (outside preferably), no sunlight on work, and a tripod for the camera.

But where and when I can, I prefer to scan the work - even using multiple scans and 'stitching; them together.

05-19-2011, 05:36 PM
I photograph them outside in the shade. Then adjust them in photoshop.
I got a tip from a professional photographer to place a white and a black paper next to it, because the camera can recognise those two and adjusts the other colours to them.

05-19-2011, 07:05 PM
This may help you. Maybe not.

Photographing artwork (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=489186)

While I am not a big fan of direct sunlight photography, almost all will suggest bright shade, I have done the sunlight photography and had some truly great results. Each to their own gout.

Rick G
05-19-2011, 08:29 PM
Idylbrush's link has a lot of good information. Here's a file from my giclee printing website that you may find to be useful:


Warren Peterson
05-20-2011, 02:25 PM
Thanks everyone. This helps a lot.