Friday, May 26, 2017

Photographing Your Art (a step by step guide)

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Since a picture is worth a thousand words, for visual artists and other product-based businesses, this could also mean thousands of dollars! Getting the images you need of your artwork is not difficult to do. Here’s a step by step guide on how to photographs your art without fancy studio equipment.


Step 1. Get what you need: Lights, Camera, and Artwork.

You’ll need an overcast day, one that is bright, but not too sunny. Find an area outdoors that has an even amount of light. This could be in the shade. Make sure there are no dapples of light, and that there are no brightly colored objects nearby (that blue swimming pool or red wagon could reflect its light on your art)

You’ll also need a digital camera with high resolution unless you have lens attachments for your smart phone and advanced training in taking photos with it.

Once you find an area of light, place your painting on a flat upright surface.


Step 2: Take a picture.

The most important thing to consider when you are photographing your work is to be sure the picture is square in the frame. This means that the edges of the artwork are even with the edges of your picture. What you DON’T want is your picture to appear at a slanted angle or look like a trapezoid.

Use a tripod to hold the camera steady.



Step 3: Crop the Extras.

Now that you have your pictures taken, you will need to go back and crop the images. If you are using a digital camera, you’ll be uploading the images to your computer to do this on an image editing program.



Step 4: Adjust the Brightness and Contrast if needed.

If you are shooting your artwork in bright overcast light, the colors on your work will be pretty close to how they appear in real life. Sometimes, however, you’ll notice a blue haze on pictures taken on a sunny day. You may want to remove some of the blue haze (usually an “auto correct color” feature can handle this for you), and also go back in to adjust the brightness and contrast of your images because even on the best day, sometimes the light bleaches out the richness of your work. 


Final Note: 

I highly recommend that you shoot all of your artwork at the same time. If you are working on a new collection, finish the collection first and THEN take pictures in one session. This will save you from the dreaded variations in light temperature that happens when you shoot on separate days in different lighting conditions. If you follow these guidelines, taking pictures of your artwork will be an enjoyable part of the process. 


FREE Photography Equipment Shopping Guide


If you aren’t able to shoot outdoors, then I happen to have a pretty awesome photography guide, where you can learn the tools and techniques I use in case I need to shoot my work indoors.

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About Me (Miriam Schulman)
Miriam Schulman, founder of The Inspiration Place
In case we haven’t met yet, I’m a watercolor and mixed media artist. My art has been featured in numerous publications such as Somerset Studio, and Im the founder of The Inspiration Place  where I give my students stepping stones to create beautiful art as well as the emotional support they need to stay inspired. See the art I create at schulmanArt.com or learn how to paint with me at TheInspirationPlace.net



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Thursday, May 11, 2017

How Planning Keeps Me Productive in the Art Studio

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I spend a lot of time thinking about what I want to create.. this is typical of creatives. In fact, Leonardo Da Vinci was known to have said that he spends as much time thinking about what he wants to paint as he did painting it. 

So that I don't spend too much time spinning my wheels, I make yearly goals and then review those goals throughout the year frequently. I also make my kids review their goals and rewrite their goals every quarter.

Here are some action steps you can model to make you more productive as well. In order for the review process to work, you need to review your goals on a regular basis and make yearly, monthly, weekly and daily goals.

Most people have no problems making goals at the beginning of the year.. but how often do you review them? Do you make daily goals? Here is what the review process looks like for me.

Review the daily Task List each morning

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Every morning I review what my appointments are for that day and I come up with three goals for the day that I feel have to get done. The three action items should relate to the goals for the week and ultimately for the year. Keeping the end in mind keeps me from wasting time on non-important stuff.


Just three


Even if the actual list of things to do is a mile long, I focus on three at a time. They can be small goals, but having three daily goals gives me a guaranteed sense of accomplishment at the end of the day.

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Night before


Sometimes I get a head start on my day by writing out my three goals the night before, but it is this process of planning and reviewing each day with gratitude that keeps my productivity mindset a positive one.

Keeping a Monthly and Yearly Overview

In addition to managing daily tasks, I keep a monthly overview which provides a vision of how the upcoming month will look, and a yearly overview to plan my promotional schedule. I offer art classes AND original works of art, and so it helps to see at what time I’m going to be promoting what in between my daily shuffle of making work, answering inquiries, traveling and shipping art.

I also keep track of when the planet Mercury is in retrograde, as I’ve found that during these times, it is best to do developmental work like research and planning. Sure, it might sound strange to plan around the planets, but you have to plan around something and this method is as good as any. (I've been keeping track of this odd astrology phenomenom ever since my instagram account was completely hacked during "mercury in retrograde" a time which astrologists believe that technology will go haywire...btw, you can also read my blog post: Is your instagram account safe?)

daily planning prompts | organization for artists | art journaling goals | goal setting for artists | How Planning Keeps Me Productive in the Art Studio + FREE printable giveaway of creative planning prompts → http://schulmanart.blogspot.com/2017/04/how-planning-keeps-me-productive-in-art.html

Make it pretty!!

I recently have joined the planner girl cult.

Yes, buying a planner and adding stickers to it as actually a cult.

Who knew?

But this is a very healthy addiction. I actually joined a planner subscription club so each month I receive pretty planning supplies that makes all these planning sessions more fun. Even my daughter has remarked that she noticed that every time I get my planner out I get happier. Win. Win.


Journal Prompts

In order to help you with this process, I created this freebie for you with journal prompts that will help focus your mind. These are the exact questions I ask myself at the end of each period and helps me plan for the next one. A period can be a week, a month, a quarter or a year. The more you check in with yourself the better! >> Download this giveaway and see what insights you uncover!

daily planning prompts | organization for artists | art journaling goals | goal setting for artists | How Planning Keeps Me Productive in the Art Studio + FREE printable giveaway of creative planning prompts → http://schulmanart.blogspot.com/2017/04/how-planning-keeps-me-productive-in-art.html

In case we haven't met yet...

About Me (Miriam Schulman)
Miriam Schulman, founder of The Inspiration Place

In case we haven’t met yet, I’m a watercolor and mixed media artist. My art has been featured in numerous publications such as Somerset Studio, and Im the founder of The Inspiration Place  where I give my students stepping stones to create beautiful art as well as the emotional support they need to stay inspired. See the art I create at schulmanArt.com or learn how to paint with me at TheInspirationPlace.net

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