Wednesday, February 22, 2012

"Gang of Wedges" - SOLD


6x6" oil on Gessobord

I've been driving myself a bit crazy lately in my attempts to post the most faithful digital representation of my work possible. I photograph my paintings on overcast days, or in the shade when it's sunny. I try not to do any post production at all, just leave them as they come out of the camera. The problem is, the paintings look slightly different depending on where they're viewed. If they're in the kitchen they look one way, from a distance they look another, in the dining room different still.... I think you see where I'm going here. Yes, going nuts. I often spend a half an hour making adjustments in iPhoto and then move the painting to a different room and find my adjustments look all wrong! My conclusion? I've decided to save my sanity, trust Canon technology and post them just as they come out of the camera. Any of you painters out there having similar fun? 

7 comments:

Greg said...

Try using a white balance card to get the white balance and thus the colors correct. I also adjust the contrast on my photos.

Virginia Floyd said...

Lovely painting, Michael. Very nice composition and cropping. That front orange looks transparent, with the light glowing through it.

I agree about the difficulty of photographing a painting. I never think that mine look like the original, but I can't make adjustments that make it look any better. So I usually just post as is.

Dottie Leatherwood said...

love the color composition and your orange slices are glowing! I struggle with photographing my art also. The lighting I can get right but some colors just don't come through like pinks and greens. It is frustrating.

JacMac said...

I agree with you about the difficulty in capturing the colors correctly in a photograph of our art work. My Canon camera does a horrible job of getting reds to look right. The best I can do is to take the picture outside in the shade, so the sky isn't an influence. Articles I have read to photograph inside we should have the correct color balanced lights on each side, but not to have the lights directed right at the painting. Too much time, money and effort for me!

Linda Popple said...

Beautiful oranges! I like the color combination and the shadows.
I'm afraid I have no suggestion for improving the photo part of blogging. I struggle with it, too. I've bought a few paintings online and they are always better when I see them in person. I take my photographs outside in the shade, too. It is very frustrating!!

Michael Chamberlain said...

Thanks so much for the feedback, I really appreciate it!

RobinFox said...

Michael, if you get kind of "distracted" by iPhoto, make sure you don't try Photoshop.
I did and it ruined me for painting for most of a year. Fortunately a few painters online, such as yourself, showed me the way back. I'd look at their work and say to myself, how can I not paint?