Picture Day

Have lots of paintings? Need pictures of them?

Having digital pictures of your artwork can be useful for many reasons such as keeping an archival reference, an online gallery, or to email to people interested in your work.

Wouldn’t it be nice to have high quality pictures of your paintings? For FREE!

Now you can eliminate the hassle of dealing with reflections, glare, incorrect lighting, shadows, etc. by taking advantage of AGL’s Picture Day service (free for AGL members).

Process

You can bring in up to 5 paintings to be photographed at the Studio in the Park on the third Sunday of every month, from 1 pm – 4 pm. Pictures will be digitally developed to accurately represent the colors and values in your paintings. You can bring framed or unframed paintings.

First, your artwork will be photographed in a semi-professional setup using appropriate equipment and techniques. Then the pictures will be transferred from camera to computer and digitally “developed”. This process includes cropping and tone, contrast, color correction. The end result is an image that represents the actual artwork as accurately as possible. The final images will be provided to you via email or your thumb drive.

You are more than welcome to wait while your artwork is being photographed and processed. This could take up to a couple of hours depending on a number of circumstances. If you do choose to wait, please try to come early as work is done on a first come-first served basis. A more popular option is to drop off your artwork anytime during the day. Artwork that is dropped off can be picked up on Wednesday from 10 am to 4 pm. Other pick up arrangements can be made as well.

Please limit the number of works to 5.
You can bring framed AND/OR unframed work.
Works can be any size; from 4x5 inches to 4x5 feet.

Tips

1. Watercolor paintings should be in a flat condition – no wrinkles or waviness – when they are brought in. Often times the waviness will result in distortion in the photographed image. Watercolor paper is normally not stiff enough to support its own weight during the photographing process, unless it is the extra heavy, at least 300lbs paper. A couple of ways to resolve that issue: The artist can temporarily tape all edges to a stiff backing board such as 1/8″ Masonite, or gator board; the work can be taped to a mat. All 4 edges should be taped to ensure stability of the paper.

2). To maximize the image coverage and limit subject cropping, the artist should ensure that all corners are 90 degrees and the sides are parallel to each other. This applies to both artworks on paper as well as canvas.

3. Keep in mind that when photographing canvas art works that have already been framed, there is a tendency for frames, especially heavy frames, to cast shadows across the painting’s surface. To get the best results, paintings should be photographed prior to being framed.

NOTE: Most art competitions require the submitted image to be 1200 pixels on the long side, and that is the default for the Picture Day images that are emailed to the artists. That size is suitable for internet use also.

Gallery

All AGL members who bring in 5 paintings with titles and medium clearly identified on the back will have a personal gallery created on this website. This is an excellent opportunity to acquire a professional venue to share your artwork with friends, family, and potential buyers. An unlimited number of paintings can be added to your gallery. Many artists have already taken advantage, you can view their Galleries here.