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...is that you have to photograph it. Never a problem with digital art. :P
I have paintings piling up but little time to photograph them---and when I do, trying to avoid glare is frustrating. Not to mention some of my formats are not perfectly square so it's awkward trying to get them to fill the space in an inherently square format. Just finished taking down a show and was trying to get good pictures but the lighting wasn't obliging me so I'll have to re-shoot them all.
When I do, this is how I will try to go about it:
1) Will for the weather to give me a perfectly overcast day with no rain and take my photo outdoors. Diffuse lighting is the best way to dodge glare, so I'll try to take the painting outside for the photo session. Failing that...
2) I'll try to find a space with a lot of indirect natural lighting. Which will be kind of a miracle.
3) I try to avoid all strong lights. Lamps, camera flashes, are all bad news for avoiding that glare, in my experience.
4) Tripods help. I just got one. Need to use it more.
5) Before I got the camera I'm using (an old DSLR), I didn't know anything about F-stop. Increasing this setting sharpens the whole image. Also good for photographing landscapes you want to paint.

Do you have any other tips for photographing artwork or tips for getting soft, diffused light when the weather won't oblige you? Tell me about them!

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oedalis

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I joined deviantART in September 2002, was appointed Shoutbox Moderator in March 2004 and became part of general volunteer support in May of that year, gaining volunteer admin status that August. I moderated in dAmn through its beta stages at a time when I was the only chat moderator. When the Community Development team formed, I assisted them until August of 2005.

In August 2005, I became a part of the Artist Relations team and my energies and attention were focused on the Traditional Gallery where my partners in crime were De-Profundis, zeruch, and alchemism. That was fun and lasted about a year or two until I was done.

That's my back story. It is probably through this volunteer service that I received the senior denotation.
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j-m-s Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014
:wave:
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oedalis Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Howdy there, you.
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oedalis Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, there's a die-hard crowd still hanging around, I see.
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JensenRussell Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014
:nod: hope to see you around more often
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oedalis Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Heh, I will try to but I don't own a home computer so my opportunities are limited. :)
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cooley Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I can't believe I don't already watch you! I remember way back when you were a community volunteer and you gave me my first DD. I ended up volunteering a few years back, inspired by folks like you :D
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oedalis Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, 6 years ago...that might have been one of the last ones I handed out. =P
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cooley Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Ha - maybe? I have been on dA 9 years - inactive for the first couple - and when I came back and before I knew much about DDs, I suggested myself :B You were generous!
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salival Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013
oed oed oed oed oed!
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