Good photographs are really important.

Use these guidelines to help improve the quality.



Guidelines for taking Photographs

It is realy important that good photographs are taken - and that they accurately reflect the quality of your craftsmanship.

Poor photos will not be shown on the website and if all the photos for the artwork are poor the details of the artwork will not be shown.

In most cases a reasonably up to date digital camera will take photos that are good enough but do check through the guidelines below - alternatively get a professional in.


Photos of the artwork

You can have up to 5 photos for each artwork. The primary photo must show the entirety of a work. The other photographs can show details.


Other photographs

Each artist will have two photos associated with them in addition to the ones specifically relating to the artworks.

The first is a portrait photograph of the artist - but it can be anything. It could be an arty close up. It could be a shot of you at work in the studio. The photo should convey who you are to the potential customers.

The second photo is a representative sample of your work - it need not be one of the artworks you load up. It can be a close up or whole artwork - your choice.

Taking the photos

Lighting is important - for paintings ensure that the light is even across the whole artwork.

Switch the flash off - it tends to leave bright spots on canvases especially those with glossy surfaces or framed in glass. Natural light is often best. Minimise reflections from glossy surfaces by positioning the artwork carefully before taking the photo. Use the same lighting for closeups as you do for other shots.

For sculptures - side light can be used to accentuate the shape.

With paintings - try to have the camera at the height of the middle of the painting to reduce the distortion of the shape of the edges.

With sculpture and ceramics make sure the artwork does not have a cluttered background around it. Preferably take 3 or 4 shots from different angles, with a light neutral background and perhaps one shot in situ, for example an outdoor sculpture on the lawn.

Captions: Every photo must have a meaningful caption. e.g. Miles at work in his studio. or Detail showing wings of fantail (and not detail 1, detail2)

Cropping and straightening: Check your photos are the right way up (they can be landscape, portrait or square) but after downloading them from your camera make sure you flip them correctly.

You may then need to straighten the images. It really is worth taking your photos 'straight on' right from the beginning as rotating by a couple of degrees can cause serious loss of quality.

If the photos have too much background, they should be cropped by the artist before they are submitted. Start with the largest resolution file you have before cropping. Save the file and then submit it.

If you don't have photoshop to do these jobs, IrfanView is a very useful little program and fairly simple to use (and it is free to download

Resizing: You should keep your images as large as posssible but for speed of uploading you can resize them down so they have a width of 1000 pixels.

File types: Please save all images as JPEG (.jpg) format.

On uploading: Our programs will resize photos for efficient use on the internet. We create 3 different sized images, the largest of which is 1000 pixels wide. Please provide images that are at least as wide as this if possible - if not do not enlarge them as this will reduce the clarity. The large images will be watermarked on uploading.

Quality: If you have a reasonable digital camera with a clean lens, switch it to take the highest resolution photo it can. Lighting is the other area that make a significant difference to the quality of the photos


Up to five good quality photos can be loaded per art work. After cropping, they should be at least 1000 pixels wide.