There are few things that make a child feel more special than having their artwork showcased in their room. When you go to the art fairs, you are going to want to purchase something from every artist. But not all of what is on display will look good on your wall, and it may not be the best for photographing either.
It is important to know how to photograph children’s art because you want to make sure that the image you present looks as good as possible. This will help preserve the memory of their artistic endeavors and allow them to look back on them as they get older.
Here are some tips for photographing children’s art:*
I have been photographing children’s artwork for the past several years and love to see the different pieces kids come up with. I am always looking for great ways to take photographs of these works of art and try to learn tips from other photographers on techniques they use.
When I first started photographing artists’ work, I had no idea how to frame or light them. I was just making it up as I went along. I found that people were generally happy with my photos but they wanted more professional looking photographs. After reading a lot of articles on the subject, taking notes, going to seminars and watching endless hours of video training, I came up with a way that helps me achieve better results every time. Here are some tips that you can use for your own photography projects:
If you are photographing bright colored paintings it is important that you have good lighting in order to render the colors correctly. If you are using flash, make sure it is diffused well so that you do not get harsh shadows in unwanted areas. If you are using natural light, try to find an area where there is not a lot of shadowing from trees or buildings outside your window. When you have good lighting you can use your camera’s white balance setting for inc
The most important thing when photographing your child’s artwork is to make sure the artwork is the focal point of the photo. The best way to do this is to stand a few feet back and zoom in with your camera. You want to try to eliminate any excess clutter in the background. The best way to do this is by zooming in and also using a wide aperture (f/2.8 or lower) on your camera. The wider the aperture, the more of your background will be blurred out, making it much less distracting.
I’ve included a few examples below:
Here are some examples of paintings that were photographed with a wide aperture and a zoom lens:
It’s not as easy as you think.
I’ve been photographing children’s art on behalf of parents and families for over a decade now. It has become my full-time job, and it is one of the most rewarding careers I could ever imagine. When I see the excitement and joy on the faces of children when they see their artwork displayed in a gallery or when I receive a photo from a parent saying their child was bursting with pride at school, it makes all the long hours worth it.
First, get a great background for the photos. Use a plain white or off-white piece of foam core board (2′ x 3′ sheets are available at most craft stores). Cut several pieces to fit behind the art from your child’s last school year (or previous years if they’ve attended more than one school).
It’s also important to have good light. Natural light always looks better than artificial light, so try to have your child’s artwork in front of a large window or out in the sun when you’re planning to take your photographs.
You’ll want your child’s name and grade on each piece of art. I used different colored highlighters for the first and last names (red and green) and blue for the grade.
What to do:**
1. Make sure there is enough light in the room that the camera can take a picture without having to use flash.
2. Set the camera on a tripod, or use a remote control so you can keep the camera steady.
3. Set up your child’s artwork in an area where it will be easy to access, and not easily knocked over or damaged.
4. Make sure everyone knows to be still and quiet while the photo is being taken (the artist will really appreciate this).
5. Have someone hold your child’s artwork, or prop it up against something so it doesn’t fall over or get damaged by little hands.
6. Ask your child to step back from their artwork. It will help to have them hold a hand-held mirror next to the artwork for comparison of their height before and after stepping back (this will also make them feel involved with the process).
7. Take several pictures of your child’s art from various angles, both near and far away, as well as several close ups of details of their work.
8. Don’t forget to get pictures of your child alone, both full body and close ups of details of their work which show their abilities and creativity!
The first thing to remember is that you are trying to document the artwork, not paint a masterpiece. The second thing to remember is that an art museum is not the ideal place for photographing artwork.
The best time to photograph your child’s artwork is in the morning or late afternoon on a cloudy day when there is no direct sunlight on the art work. Next best place is inside on a cloudy day.
Don’t use a flash, it makes the art work look harsh and flat. Don’t use a flash even if it looks dark without one because the flash will wash out all of the color in your photo. Don’t use incandescent lighting unless you want to take photos of black lines on white paper. Use fluorescent or natural light. I like natural light but often my subjects are too small and/or mobile to get outside on a nice day so I use my overhead fluorescent lights which washes out the colors on paper and canvas but works fine with finger paint and tempera paint on paper and walls.
I like eye-level shots better than looking down from above or from below, although I sometimes do those as well. If you photograph mixed media collages, it can be easier to shoot from above since otherwise you have to figure out which part is