Photographing Aboriginal Art

We’re in the studio today and we’re photographing Aboriginal Art… but these ones are actually tiny, tiny little individual pieces. Matt shows you what’s involved.

When photographing artwork there are 3 things to get perfect:

1. Colour
It’s important the photographs are accurate in colour and true to life. You don’t want to any nasty colour casts bouncing in from random light sources or objects in the room. Clean colour, true colour, is super important.

2. Detail
Now with these pieces of art in particular, even though there’s lots of art on the one canvas, we need to photograph each piece individually. They are very small in real life but they’re going to be printed big so they need to look as good when printed 2 meters wide as they do nice and small on the canvas. It’s critical to get technically excellent photos so they’re going to reproduce well.

3. Perspective
This is basic, almost common sense, but you see an endless amount of images out there that miss this point. If it’s perfectly square in real life, it needs to be perfectly square in the photo; if it’s rectangle, then rectangle. If there are any weird skews, distortion or perspective issues from not having the camera perfectly placed, it just won’t look professional.

Getting all that right will end up with very usable and very reproducible photographs of the art.