Re: Recs for improving web images of paintings?
posting a pic or two would be extremely helpful (your setup and the finished product, sans post production). what is your light source? shooting inside or outside? if inside, flash light or constant light? if constant light source, what type of source is it (incandescent, florescent, etc.) and what is its color temp? if outside, full sun or full shade?
shooting raw requires a different skill set for post production. shooting jpeg or tif (if possible) generally needs a bit of color correction to eliminate color cast caused by either sensor or light color temp or both. don't forget to size photos in pixels and at 72 dpi, if you didn't know that already.
i have heard that most folks who buy art online know that the colors are going to be off somewhat on the online photo than in the original. for what you are doing, a modest investment in lighting and a not-so-top-of-the-line-dslr with a decent piece of glass and a desktop computer would suffice (forget your $200 budget, ain't gonna happen). if you want to use a laptop, a led screen would be for better color correction than a lcd screen.
however, for top quality professional results, you need to invest in a professional graphics card in a box with at least 16gb of ram, a monitor that is geared for professional graphics, a good (read, expensive) colorimeter to profile your monitor, proper lighting and wall color in your post production and viewing facilities and photograph your work using tungsten lights (lowel, smith-victor-arri, etc.) with a 4x5 inch or larger camera, especially if you plan on selling prints of your paintings.
The artist may use any form which his expression demands; for his inner impulse must find suitable expression.
Wassily Kandinsky ~ "Concerning The Spiritual In Art"
Last edited by kdd : 10-12-2017 at 07:18 AM.