Artist Vlog – how to take photos of your art w/ Lachri

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In today’s vlog I’m talking about how I take photographs of my paintings and drawings.

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Time lapse and speed painting tutorials and demonstrations by award winning artist Lachri. Learn how to paint portraits, surreal landscapes, pets, lions, tigers, and birds…pretty sure a Wizard of OZ reference should be made right about now. Get tips and watch techniques for working in acrylic and oil paint, carbon pencil, graphite and colored pencil.

This video was shot using a Samsung HMX-Q10BN Q10 Switch Grip Full HD Camcorder.

37 Comments
  1. Bettsy GM says

    Hi Lisa, great video like the others you have made. Thanks to you, I have upgraded some of my studio tools and I think it has helped me to get better results. Right now I am in the process of selecting a camera to have great quality prints. I also have to do research about which lens is the better option for taking painting photographs. Some say the 50 mm others 60 mm. Which lens do you recommend?

  2. Magnificent1393 says

    Nice!, which camera you are using for taking photos of your portraits now?

  3. Anthony Keyes says

    Hi Lisa, I was wondering if you had any videos, or suggestions on putting photos into an interior room setting for display in an online store. I've been looking around for a couple of days, and appreciate your coverage. If not, I'll keep on looking. Thanks in advance.

  4. Mike Bell says

    Lisa, do you have a video or vlog on the best place to use for printing high quality prints that we can sell of our work?

  5. Heli PadUSA says

    But what camera are you filming your videos with?

  6. Armanda Berlin says

    Do you sign your work BEFORE you photograph it for prints? And why or why not?

  7. Armanda Berlin says

    You absolutely ROCK!

  8. Jan Skov says

    A little idea about editing. Make a script and follow the script. You will save a lot of time, I guess. – I am a beginner at Acrylics, and I`ve watched many of your videos. They have helped me a great deal. Thank you, Lisa, very much. You are a great artist. – and happy painting. : )

  9. thepageprincess says

    I have a Canon Rebel K2 camera and it is an SLR film camera. Will this work for prints?

  10. Volarejo says

    I wasn`t even interested in the subject and still watched the video because she is beautiful and inspires me, Thank you Lisa

  11. RMA says

    when scanning artworks what is the optimum dpi you would recommend?

  12. Dazzelated says

    I am trying to figure out how to take high quality pictures of my paintings.

    This video was posted in 2014 but do you still take pictures with the same kind of camera and the same way you show?

  13. dickw wee says

    Alistair is in the background lol

  14. Ashley Herrera says

    you still spent a lot of money on that thing o.o the nikon, I mean. wow

  15. Claire Vautour says

    My God! I've been looking for information on this for a long time!! Thank You so much!

  16. sarah kilburn says

    you sell products pretty well. I love your art just hate that artists have to sell products.

  17. Vishvesh Tadsare says

    Hi thank you so so so very much!! I take now photos in natural light and an unbelievable difference is there from the ones taken in artificial light!

  18. PZCherokee says

    Found it! Thanks again Lisa!

  19. Exceptional Lebron James portrait in the background!

    Just kidding ;P Chris Pratt is awesome and it looks just like him! well done!

  20. The Mind of Watercolor says

    This is great info Lisa, thanks!

    One tip I recently learned is that every DSLR lens has an f-stop that is sharper than all the rest. If you set the camera on aperture priority (A or Av setting, which is still an auto mode) you can change the lens aperture (f-stop). The camera will correctly set everything else. On most lenses, the sharpest f-stops are between f-8 to f-16 for art. I take the photo at several mid range f-stops, look at them close up in Photoshop, and sure enough, there is usually one thats a bit crisper in the details than the rest. For my camera and lens its about f-11 or so.

  21. 3Dsjk says

    I would suggest seeking out local blueprint and reproduction shops. They will likely have a larger-format color scanner, and prices are not too expensive. I think you would have to use them dozens of times in order to equal the cost of a DSLR. Some even do pickup and delivery (at least to offices where I have worked). Places like this want to be kept busy, so you might be able to strike up a deal if you plan to be a regular customer.

  22. Saed Idres says

    If you may allow me asking, Will you please make a special tutorial youtube video showing us how to use correctly colour pencils to create different skin tones?! Thank you!

  23. Jason Morgan - Wildlife Art says

    Brill Lisa – Setting the custom white balance on a sheet of white paper will give good colour reproduction 🙂 also a polarizing filter will only work on reflections from sunlight, not bulb / tube light. Oh and Never, ever – EVER! use a flash – oh…. you already mentioned that ha 🙂

  24. Shedz Channel says

    great tips lisa!
    i have a good camera but there is nothing like getting a professional to take photos of your work if you want to make enlarged prints.
    im looking forward to next weeks topic!
    cheers!

  25. CorySimpsonArt says

    Omg i was just about to say "Id like you to continue talking about print making" but you beat me to the punch haha

  26. Mark Turnbull says

    Another tip for using a camera would be to set the lens to round about 50mm. That focal length is equivalent to what the eye sees. Any less or more than that and the image will start to distort. So would you recommend taking a photo over scanning the art for printing?

  27. Andre van Wyk says

    I love your tips, thank you. I'm having trouble with my photos. I'm normally too eager to get the photo to show everybody that I do not wait for the sun to come up to take in daylight. So I just shoot in RAW format and play in photoshop. But the problem is not everybody's  monitors are the same so something that looks okay to me, is under- or overexposed to others.

  28. Daenerys says

    Is that dexter in the background? 

  29. Color of Lann says

    Such a great topic to go over. More artist need to know this!

  30. Dead Light says

    Looking forward to the 'how to make prints' video. No matter where I look, I just cannot understand how artists get their prints done. I live in the UK and the American terminology just doesn't add up for me.

  31. Nicola says

    Great tips. I really need to get myself a tripod for my shots.
    For those that cannot afford a DSLR I can also recommend a decent Bridge camera, the technology in these has really caught up in recent years, I have 2 x DSLR's (Nikon D40x as it fits my tiny small hands and a D80) and recently bought a Nikon Bridge camera (P520) and it by far out performs both my DLSRs and is now my go to camera, I have taken some brilliant wildlife reference photos with it and it also only costs about £250 as opposed to £400+ for a DSLR. They do everything a DSLR does except change lenses but the focal range on the P520 is far greater than the 2 lenses on my DSLR.

  32. LaurenEPelczynski says

    I have the same camera as you and I absolutely love it. It takes great photos and they come out super crisp and clear 🙂

  33. Garnet Lynne says

    never, ever,never, ever use a flash, are you talking to me?lol! you RAWK! thanks for the vlog on this!

  34. Sofera says

    Great video! I'm super looking forward to next weeks vlog video! I have been wanting to make prints of my art for years! And I have searched for info but there aren't any good you tube videos. So thank you for this video!

  35. Suso Nauta says

    Great tips, I have a couple more. Use a white piece of paper to let the camera find out the correct white balance and avoid rooms with the wall painted in yellow or blue etc white and grey walls work best. Learn how to use de manual mode or at least aperture priority mode at least to increase the depth of field

  36. Rob Amick says

    I purchased an A3 scanner for my work, flawless results…….. I used to use a dslr but I could never get the lighting right, the top half of the picture always looked darker than the bottom or vice versa & was noticeable when I had prints done, another great video! thanks for sharing, only thing I don't like about the scanner is if you scan more than once or do a super high res that takes ages the light seems to have an effect on the paper & makes it sort of warp.

  37. Marius Bogdan says

    Hi again, Lisa! I like the way you explain the tips and how to make a good photo of a painting.Another little trick is to use a polarising filter in front of your camera, it will reduce a lot of reflections.By the way, I don't know why my facebook page allow me just "share" on your page.It miss "like" and "comment".Any idea?

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