photographing art

I have a very high-tech method for photographing my art that is too large to fit on my scanner. I tack it on the wall, or more often, lay it on the floor and zoom in my telephoto lens, bending my body into an uncomfortable arch while trying to get the edges of the paper as square as possible in the view finder. It’s no easy task, and with a “kitty helper” it’s even more challenging.

Hi-tech photo studio

My cat mojo wants nothing more out of life than to sleep on my art. The moment I pull out my pens and lay paper on the table, Mojo invariably appears out of nowhere, ready to snooze in the middle of what I’m doing. Paper on the floor is even more irresistible, so of course Mojo was nearby when I photographed my most recent in-progress art.

Art Photo Shoot, Zoomed

Even after zooming in, he makes his presence know.

I took these photos to see how my new flash would work to photograph art. It makes a big difference; the light is a lot more even than I could have gotten from my on-camera flash or light from the window. I had to brighten them up a lot in Light Room, so I’ll probably tweak my set up a little more to get brighter out-of-camera shots, but so far so good.

iphone photo-a-day side project

I’ve been toying with the idea of doing a 365/something-a-day project since my birthday last June. I didn’t quite get my act together in time to do birthday-to-birthday, but as January 1st was approaching, I thought again about what kind of project I could do. My main priority was that I wanted it to be something that I could realistically stick with every day. I considered doing a sketch-a-day which I’m sure I would have benefited from immensely, but I questioned whether it would be sustainable over a year.

One afternoon I was chatting with my brother, and the topic of iphone photography came up. He shared his posterous site with me that he’d created solely to post iphone photos to. I was captivated by the idea, and since I have an iphone and a tumblr blog (very similar to posterous) that wasn’t doing much but sitting idle, it seemed to be a good candidate for a year-long project.

On January 1st I still hadn’t definitively made up my mind, but I thought, “ok, either you are going to do something or you are not… so what’s it gonna be?” I didn’t want to make a decision by not making a decision, so I made the small effort to take a photo, edit it with the Camera Bag App, and upload it to my renamed and restyled tumblr blog. I took the first photo and of course had 10 other ideas immediately. It was hard not to post more than one photo, but I’m in it for the long haul.

My only rules are that it’s 1 photo every day, taken with my iPhone, and edited with Camera Bag if needed. I toyed with the idea of coming up with some kind of theme or consistent subject matter, but in the end I decided that I’ll just wing it each day and see what I come up with.

Here’s today’s photo:

I’ll be sharing a link to each day’s photo on twitter ( @aisforanika ), but if you want to follow along directly, you can check out my tumblr blog.