For Artists – Photographing Artwork

Before you photograph your work, think carefully about the 4cm square space it will occupy in the guide. At this size fine detail will not be seen, simple images and bold areas of colour or tone will have more impact. If your work is very tall or letter box shape, consider showing a square shaped detail to make maximum use of the space.


2D Work

  • Photograph your work BEFORE it is mounted under glass or varnished
  • Remove paintings from their frames, if possible Choose a bright day and place your work in the shade
  • Make sure the flash on your camera/phone is turned off
  • It’s most important you take the picture as square on to your painting as possible
  • If possible fix your camera on a tripod and use a remote control or timer


3D Work

  • Most 3D objects look better if they are casting a shadow. To achieve this use direct sunlight when it’s at a low angle.
  • For small items (ceramics, jewellery etc) create a seamless background by laying a large sheet of white or neutral coloured paper or cloth on a table and gently curve it up to a wall behind. Shoot the objects on this.


Digital File

  • The file must be jpg or tiff and a minimum of 1200 pixels on the shortest side.
  • The file should be left in RGB colour (as shot). DO NOT convert to CMYK.
  • DO NOT send images with date stamp or other superimposed text.
  • It must be less than 6Mb in size.