How to Photograph Artwork With a Digital Camera For Use on the Web

Getting a good digital image of artwork is very important if you want people to get the full impact of your artwork. You need to have good quality digital images of your artwork for Online Galleries, PR materials, exhibitions and galleries. Your digital images are your artwork online, so they need to look as close to the original artwork as possible. You want to make a good first impression, don’t you? If you have a great piece of artwork and it looks dull, dark and gray on the computer screen, it will automatically disengage the viewer and viewers will not want to look at it, it will not interest viewers.Equipment -1. Camera – I use an Olympus 4.0 Megapixel digital camera which is a decent camera, but any good quality digital camera will work. Read your camera instruction guide to find all the options for taking good quality pictures. Always take high resolution .tiff pictures because you can always decrease the image quality and file size of a digital picture, but you can’t start from a low resolution image and make it high resolution.2. Lighting – You do not have to have an expensive photo lighting system or a really expensive camera, what I use is those clamp on metal reflectors that you can buy from the hardware store and I use 500 watt photo light bulbs from the camera store in the clamp on metal reflectors. I use four of these at one time.3. Tripod – A tripod is also very helpful, but you can do without it if you have to. Use a sturdy tripod with tilt and rotation. If you don’t have a tripod, make sure your shutter speed is at least 1/60 and hold the camera steady and squeeze the trigger gently.4. Photo Editing Software – The final component is the computer software to adjust the images on the computer, I use Adobe Photoshop software which is awesome. There are many other Photo Editing software programs available, and basically you just need to be able to crop the image and adjust the colors and the lightness and darkness of your digital images.Procedures -1. Shoot indoors with at least two 500-watt photo flood lamps (3200K) mounted in reflectors. If your artwork is 22″ x 30″ or larger you should probably use four lights.2. Put the artwork on a piece of black matte board for a background. Fasten art to the black board with double-stick tape, tacks or use a black mat. Place on the wall or on an easel or on the floor. The art must be parallel to the camera lens, the center of the lens pointing at the center of the art. Use a bubble level to be sure camera and art are level. Tape a gray/color scale next to the art so that you will have a reference for adjusting the color of your digital image.3. Lamps should be 4-5 feet away from the art, position the lights at a 30 degree angle to the surface of the artwork and point each of the four lights to a separate corner of the artwork so that the light will evenly illuminate the entire surface of the artwork. Check to be sure there are no hot spots, shadows or shine reflecting off the art. The room should be completely dark when you shoot. Cover the windows and turn out the lights. For textured work like collage try raking the light, using just one light from the side and adjusting the exposure accordingly.4. Fill the viewfinder or LCD (digital) with the IMAGE ONLY, centered and absolutely square to the sides, top and bottom. Move the camera or zoom lens, not the art. Focus carefully in the center of the art.5. The best combination is a slow speed setting (1/8, 1/15, 1/30 sec.) with a high f/stop (f11 or f16) for color saturation and sharp image. If you don’t have a tripod, you will need to use at least 1/60 shutter speed. The best setting for balancing the light is “tungsten” (which is the type of light bulb you will be using). Tungsten is under “white balance” in the camera settings. Change your white balance setting to tungsten, if your camera has that option.6. Always take the highest resolution .tiff image possible (for print applications), you can always save that as a .jpg or .gif or .png for use on the web. For the web, a .gif file at 72 pixels per inch resolution is good for most web applications because it has a small file size and loads quickly.7. Edit your digital image, in your photo editing software, so that it matches the look and feel of your artwork.8. Organize you digital artwork files on your computer in folders so that you can easily browse to them for upload to online galleries.Miscellaneous -Group your artwork by size and shoot the same sizes in sequence, so you don’t have to adjust the camera or easel so much. If your pieces are a standard size, place tape on the floor to mark the position of the camera, lights and easel or art stand and also the placement of the art. It will save you time when you shoot again.

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Animal Control – When You Need Professional Help

Any wild animal is an unwelcome guest in your ho use or residence. They can leave foul odors, make you uncomfortable, wake you in the middle of the night and embarrass you in front of visitors. Wild creatures in your living space might also cause significant health issues. Animals carry sundry illnesses like rabies which can simply be broadcast by a single bite. Sicknesses can be broadcast when humans ignorantly breathe or consume animal urine or crap. Rodents and other little animals are also regularly carriers of transmittable bugs. An accumulation of animal pee can make contributions to the growth of mold, which could be the cause of considerable respiration illness. Living things could also cause serious property damage. Infrequently animal infestations lead directly to other infestations.This is thanks to the incontrovertible fact that animals carry many insects like ticks mites and fleas. Unbridled animal populations can introduce these bugs into your house. There were cases of unwished living things biting into electric wires and causing fires. For the stated reasons if you have animals in a home where children are there you need to call an animal control advisor immediately.If you have wild animals present in your home, it can be tricky to establish a plan. Ignoring the issue could doubtlessly lead straight to a wild creature invasion of biblical proportions. One of the first things you must do is attempt to establish where they’ re entering your place. Many animals choose to make nests in attics basements walls and crawlspaces. Animals often enter the home through aircon vents or holes in the walls. Often animals use close by trees to jump or climb onto homes.They can then enter the home through chimneys or any other opening. It is not tendered that you try and kill undesired animals in your place yourself with poison. Although the poison works you will only have rotting animal carcasses hidden through your place. The best thing you can do is call an animal control pro. You may customarily hear peculiar noises or see animal crap before you see the wild creatures themselves. If you hear noises in your house that you believe to be animals you will want to call an animal control expert. Do not make efforts to face the wild animals by yourself. Injuries received in a confrontation with wild animals may lead the way on to diseases or other health issues. Animals travel in packs. If you see one animal, then most likely there are others hiding somewhere. Do not presume that an animal problem will depart. The most hideous thing you can do is nothing. The nicest thing you can do is call an animal control specialist instantly. Wonderful examples of animal infestations can be seen on TV show called plagued which plays on the animal planet satellite TV network. Watching the experiences of others can provide you with some idea of the gravity of your present position. Some of the animals known to frequently infest homes are raccoons bats possums rats and snakes. Animals like possums or snakes are hazardous and should not be treated trivially. If you see snakes or possums in your place, call an animal control expert promptly.

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