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Photographing kids’ art

Posted in Art competition on Thursday, 28 February 2008

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Victorian photographer (illustration, picture, artwork; Peter Jackson)

From time to time people ask us what is the best way of photographing art for the Look and Learn children’s art gallery and art competitions.

Our advice is as follows:

  • Place the artwork vertically against a wall (a bit like the girl in this picture).
  • Take the photograph in bright daylight, but not in direct sunlight (again, as in this picture). Do not use flash.
  • Unless you have a tripod, place the camera on a table or chair to avoid camera shake
  • Select “best quality” mode on your digital cameral (JPEG not RAW)
  • When you have uploaded the images to your PC or Mac, save each image as a JPEG with a ‘quality’ level of 9 or 90%, or one level below maximum
  • Make sure that the individual files end in .jpg and are no larger than 6MB

If you have any further tips that you think could be useful to people, please add them below.

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