Lighting – Tips for documenting your work – Part 2


See part 1 – Tips for documenting your work : Introduction

See part 2 – Tips for documenting your work : Lighting

See part 3 – Tips for documenting your work : Composition


If possible try to use one type of light only, either all natural, or all artificial. This makes it easier for the camera’s white balance to achieve consistent colour tones. Natural light is the very best for accurate colour in images of paintings and soft shadows in object shots.

White balance (WB) is the process of removing unrealistic color casts, so that objects which appear white in person are rendered white in your photo.  Your camera’s  white balance will take into account the “color temperature” of a light source, which refers to the relative warmth or coolness of white light. An incorrect WB can create overly blue, orange, or even green images, which are untrue to your piece. Auto white balance often might create a colour cast so you might need to change it accordingly. See Slide 1

Plate 2 (above) – Drawing photographed WITH flash. Flash can change the colour of your piece, loose detail, cause glare or bleach out and create strange shadows

Plate 2 (below) – Drawing photographed WITHOUT flash. This maintains the true colour and shows all detail. Make sure the light you are photographing in is natural and indirect so it does not cast a shadow on your piece and use a tripod to minimise blur.


Try to avoid using flash, it often causes odd looking shadows, glare when photographing perspex or glass objects and can change the colours of your piece. Generally, turn the flash off and either use natural light or separate lights. You should generally aim……SEE MORE

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