Art on the Street - Preparing Images

1. Photograph your work in a room with soft, even light - not direct hard lighting

2. For 2D work, shoot against a plain white or black background or crop your image to cut everything but your artwork out of the frame. For 3D work, choose a neutral, non-distracting backdrop, do not show the room, light the work well, and focus on 1 or 2 choice pieces at a time – don't just pile everything on your kitchen table or work bench and take a picture of it like that. Seduce the jury!

3. Take test shots and review them on your computer prior to upload. The jurors will be viewing your images on a monitor or from a projector in a dark room. The images also need to be high enough resolution to be printed in the brochure (min 300 dpi).

4. Check for blurriness on your computer screen, not on the view screen of your digital camera.

5. Upload with the image in the proper direction (horizontal/vertical)

6. If your work is framed or has a glossy finish, do not use direct flash on your camera. Put the work flat against a wall at a 45-degree angle to a window with indirect light. Shoot with a polarizer filter.

7. Choose the correct white balance.

8. Shoot high-resolution photos.


More resources on preparing support images will be posted and linked in February, 2015.

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