Follow these guidelines to take high-quality pictures of your work

  • Use a high-quality camera and natural lighting to ensure your photos resemble the original pieces as much as possible. It’s not necessary to hire a professional photographer to do this, but you shouldn’t be taking the photos from your phone either. If you don’t own a high-quality camera, ask your art teacher if they have one you can borrow.
  • Make sure the lighting is even ( there should be no shadows in the background).
  • The picture should be cropped appropriately, so that it shows the entire piece, but without a lot of extra background space. Some schools require you to show the edges of each piece in photographs, so again, read requirements carefully.
  • The background should be a neutral color, such as black, white, or gray.
  • The picture should be in focus, and the detail of the work should be visible. (Some schools allow a few additional detail shots to be included if there is a detail you particularly want to highlight.)
  • No glare should be visible (remove works from frames if necessary).
  • The colors in the picture should look like the colors of the original piece.

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