Photographing fine art is a great way to add to your portfolio, and it’s something that can be done at home. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced photographer, there are plenty of ways to capture your favorite paintings.
The art of capturing fine art photography at home is not as difficult as you may think. You don’t need to be an artist or a photographer to create beautiful photos that capture the essence of your subject. There are several simple steps you can take to help you achieve this.
Choose Your Subject Carefully
The first step in capturing fine art photography is to choose a subject that will inspire you and make you want to take pictures of it. Art is all about expression, so don’t limit yourself to only photographing people or objects that are considered “artistic.” Anything can be art if it inspires you!
Look for things that you find interesting or inspiring and use them as subjects for your shots. Try taking pictures of plants in your garden or neighborhood, people at events or objects around your home — anything that inspires you can make for good photos!
Buy a book on photography techniques, visit an art gallery or study famous photographers’ work online. The more you know about your subject matter, the better your shots will be.
Set Up Your Camera Properly
When setting up your camera for fine art photography, remember that there is no right way or wrong way—as long as it works for your needs and makes sense for your style of photography, then use it! However, there are some basic guidelines that will help ensure consistent results with every shot:
Use a tripod (or other stabilizer) so that your camera doesn’t move during long exposure times (if necessary). This will also help prevent motion blur when shooting handheld in low light situations. It’s always better to take multiple shots with longer exposure times than one shot with less exposure time.
Use natural light
If you’re photographing a painting or drawing, try to get it into the brightest area of your room — usually that’s near a window. Aim for a well-lit area with plenty of indirect sunlight. Avoid glare and shadows on the surface of your art piece by using a white sheet as a reflector (see below).
Pick up an inexpensive tripod
A good tripod will help keep your camera steady and prevent blurry photos from hand shake when shooting long exposures or low light conditions. A sturdy tripod will also allow you to take pictures of larger pieces or multiple pieces in one shot without having to move them around too much — which can be difficult with delicate pieces like paintings or sculptures.
Set up the lighting
You’ll want to avoid using the flash because it will ruin the photo by creating harsh shadows and adding too much contrast. Instead, try setting up lights around the room so they illuminate both your subject and background evenly.
Choose an angle that allows for depth of field (DOF).
This means finding an angle where neither foreground nor background is completely in focus — this will create more depth and interest in your photograph by allowing viewers to focus on different parts of the image at once. It also helps eliminate distracting backgrounds so viewers can focus on what matters most — your subject!
Use Different Angles
Angles are important when shooting fine-art photography because they can change everything about a picture. For example, if you shoot from above your subject, it will appear larger than life; while shooting from below makes things look smaller than they actually are. Changing angles is one way to change the entire feel of your photo and make it more interesting!
Don’t Overdo It on Editing Software
Editing software is great for enhancing photos but sometimes it can make them look too fake or unnatural if overdone.
For portraits, use reflectors instead of flash units. Reflectors bounce light back onto people’s faces — they’re especially useful when shooting outside in daylight hours when there isn’t enough natural light around to illuminate subjects completely. You can purchase reflectors at most photography supply stores; some cameras even come with built-in pop-up reflectors for this purpose!
Take lots of pictures
If you think one picture is enough, it’s not. Try taking several pictures of the same thing so that you have options when editing them later on your computer or phone. This will allow you to choose which photo works best instead of having only one shot at getting it right!