Photographing Oil Paintings

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  1. topgazza

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    I want to take some pictures of my daughters paintings as people have been asking for prints. Being oils they reflect any pre focus light and can be tricky to get the right angle and light to take a good picture.

    I don't have any professional lighting gear but any advice appreciated
     
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    Have you got a CP filter to try?
     
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    Thought about that to cut reflections... I'll give that a go. Was thinking about outside in this dull weather as well
     
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    I looked at both of those Jim but thanks for pointing them out. Didn't think there was any magical easy way to do it. I'll give it a go
     
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    It really depends how detailed a capture you want I guess but I can see the logic behind that lighting suggestion for paintings - especially anything the least bit reflective...
     
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    Someone suggested taking the picture outside on an overcast day and use a CP. I'll give that a try. Not actually taken a photo of the picture yet so not sure how reflective it will be and prone to any stray light
     
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    worth a try and I saw that suggestion and I thought that someone had tried it not too successfully though I don't remember if the used a CPL or not....
     
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    I'll post back when I've done it.
     
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    If you have to use flash make sure it's off the camera.
    Personally, I'd use ambient light. And won't bother with any filters.
    Also make sure you white balance the shot, so the colours in the photo match the painting.
    Set your lens to its sharpest aperture and obviously use a tripod.
     
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    Good point about the white balance. I can always adjust in PP but a benefit to get it as close as possible in camera for sure
     
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    I think it came out alright in the end... no filters in doors with no direct sunlight so fairly even light all round. Exp Comp @ -7. Actual image size is 60cm x 60cm. I've used Elements to add another 3cm around the edges on the final version for Jessops to allow for printing on a canvas without losing the badge or any of the image as you see it here

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    Looks really quite "flat" Gazza - though to seeing the original obviously doesn't help :D - but if memory serves me right the actual album cover was pretty bland as well ?
     
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    The album cover looks a pretty rough surface as it was created that way to look like rough parchment. Obviously Kate couldn't recreate that effect so the overall painting is just oils on canvas. Hence a little flat in comparison but thats OK it stills looks astonishing
     

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