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Low Budget Studio – Incredible Photos of Your Art

Chris Garrett, photographer and large format printing expert, shares some ways that you can create professional quality photographs, of your art or subjects, with very little equipment or expense, in your own home.  

I have spent so much time limiting myself to outdoor photography because I didn’t have access to a studio. Without the right lighting and backdrop, it’s difficult to get the high quality photographs I wanted. What I didn’t realize was that it is very simple to create a studio to use either inside or outside and get amazing results. Most of what I needed I already had and what I didn’t was very inexpensive compared to all brand new equipment. Whether you’re looking to move your photography indoors or to capture the nuance and quality of another type of art on film, these tips can help you to achieve professional photographs in your home or workspace.

What you can use:

  • Two ladders
  • An 8 ft. pole works great
  • Clamps
  • Various colors of sheets (make sure your colors are very rich, not faded from washing)
  • Foam boards (for reflecting light)
  • Your choice of lighting (natural light works very well)

Setting up your space.

If you are working indoors, you just need the room to set up. Moving furniture temporarily works, using the garage is great, but you should try to position it to where you have access to some natural light. When using the white foam board as a light reflecting tool, you can manipulate it to do pretty much anything you want.

photography for artistsSo place the ladders on each end of the set. Use the pole to rest between them on the tallest rung. Clamp your sheets to the pole and lay one on the ground if you want a solid backdrop. Your set should be in the prime lighting location if you are doing them outdoors, so basically you don’t want to have your subject facing the sun or you will get squinting or watering of the eyes. Use the foam board to reflect and manipulate the light in your favor. If you are in a dark area, making your own soft boxes will give you some great results, many use a flood lamp that can be moved around or even use a flashlight behind your props for some backlighting.

You can also try substituting a silver car shade for the white foam board, but they will produce a much harsher light and may cause shadows. The white board makes the light softer and more diffused. The best way to get great at this is to practice. You should be able to take amazing photos with hardly any Photoshop time.

photography for artistsSo, it is easy to say that you don’t have to have a dedicated space in your home to use a studio set up. You may need an assistant until you figure out your own way of doing things. But this is a great alternative to spending a fortune that you may not have on equipment that works in the same way. Play around with it and create photos that people will want to hang on their wall or use for customized wallpaper as a mural. No one will know you haven’t been doing this forever!

For me, this is a set up that works and is portable if I need it to be. Feel free to make your own modifications, but just don’t be afraid of studio photography. It does get really hard to do pictures in the middle of winter when your client wants family portraits and there is a foot of snow outside. Get away from being a seasonal photographer and be ready to shoot anytime on any day!

 

Chris Garrett is a large format printing expert and freelance writer for the custom printed wallpaper expert Megaprint.com. He frequently blogs on the topics of design and printing.

Photo credit Alexis Godschalk @ photo.net & Tackorama

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Reader’s Showcase | Branimir Jaredic | Haunting Photography

Branimir Jaredic

Branimir Jaredic is an amateur photographer from Rijeka(Croatia),currently living in Limerick(Ireland)

Branimir Jaredic

Branimir says… My work is based on the theme ‘Man and his position in the world and nature’.

On one hand, I’m trying to express my feelings about the loneliness and unimportance of human beings in this world and on the other, I like to celebrate the beauty of nature. My inspiration comes from everyday life, music, films, games ..

Branimir Jaredic

Branimir’s work has been published in the following:

  • Photographize arte magazine and Photographize fan page (3x)
  • B creative blog
  • Elements magazine(interview+photo presentation)
  • Re foto magazine (3x)
  • Brainstorm on line magazine
  • Get inspired! Magazine
  • Musetouch magazine(blog)
  • Жанна_BITEofJeanne(blog)
  • LinesWorld Zine
  • final selection Photo France competition
  • final selection  Saatchi gallery competition “Art Paris Showdown” amongst 3777 entries

Branimir Jaredic

You can view more of Branimir’s work in the locations below.

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Readers’ Showcase | Graham Rhodes | Images of Yorkshire, UK

A look at the photographic work of reader Graham Rhodes and his gallery –  Aakschipper Images, in Scarborough, England

Tea for two and two for tea

 

In August 2009 Graham Rhodes opened a small gallery exhibiting a selection of his unique photographs. This gallery is in an unusual location, above the public conveniences, halfway along Scarborough ’s West Pier in a grade two listed building that once housed a company buying and selling fish.

 

Raise high the roofbeam carpenters

Graham Rhodes has been manipulating images all his working life. As a book and record sleeve designer creating images for such clients as Octopus Books and The Police (the band not the force!), before going onto become an audio-visual designer, video director and conference producer. In his time he designed conference launches for Monster Munch, new cars for Volvo and Rover, public information films for the Home Office and Yorkshire Water, and sales conferences fo Coca Cola, British Airways and many other blue chip companies. He also created the York Story that ran for a number of years in the centre of York.

Out of the sea he came

 

After eighteen years in London he returned to Yorkshire heading up the production arm of a York based company. In 2001, now a full time scriptwriter for both corporate videos and computer games he moved to Scarborough where he founded a small pub based theatre company. However his purchase of a digital camera galvanised him to take his own photographs. Recognising the computer was a unique opportunity to mutate both image and colour, he took some months out to learn Photoshop techniques,  allowing him to realize his own personal artistic interpretation of the image.

 

Nets of such a texture

“My aim is to create photographic images that create a sense of timelessness through manipulation of colour and tone thus allowing the viewer to choose their own interpretation of the image and its rightful place in time and location.”

To see a range of Grahams images please see his web site at http://www.aakschipperimages.com

For a background to Graham and a look at his wide and varied career in production and writing –  http://www.grahamrhodes.com

 

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Readers’ Showcase | Carlos Thága | The Spirit of Brazil

Introducing Carlos Thága.

Brazilian artist Carlos Thága lives in the city of Rio de Janeiro. A self taught artist, Carlos spent many years visiting the art galleries in Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, where he learned to observe technical and artistic ideas.

Os Arcos

Os Arcos

He participated in several painting competitions in Rio de Janeiro, where he received several awards. He also participated in exhibitions in various places in Rio de Janeiro, such as Urca Yacht Club, Alliance Francaise (Ipanema), Hoton Palace Hotel, Brazilian Academy of Letters, the Bank of Brazil and many others.

Cores Entre Listas

Cores Entre Listas

He also participated in the state of Minas Gerais some collective and individual exhibitions also being awarded. Literary released album “500 anos the Discovery of the Americas” with writer Joaquim Branco.

Currently working on his abstractionist language canvases which have given him much pleasure.

Abstração 12

Abstração 12

He now lives with his family in the state of Minas Gerais where he creates his paintings and teaches art to groups of seniors as occupational therapy.

Find out more about Carlos on his website.

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Readers’ Showcase | Andy Hemingway | Capturing the light & drama of Northern England

Welcome to the first post in our series of readers showcases. We want to help you share your art and creativity on Artonomy and encourage you to submit work for inclusion.

This week our first artist is photographer Andy Hemingway from Yorkshire England. Over to Andy to talk about his amazing work.

Andy Hemingway Morning at Shelter Rock

Morning at Shelter Rock

I have held a lifelong love of the sometimes bleak but always beautiful hills and moors of the Pennines. My photography attempts to capture the changing moods and often dramatic atmosphere of the hills that I call home.

I was born and raised in Huddersfield and my passion for the landscape of Yorkshire started at an early age. My father would often take me on walks from when I was quite little, in the hills around the area where I grew up. Some of my earliest memories are of drystone walls, old water troughs and the local focal point which can be seen from almost anywhere in Huddersfield, Castle Hill.

Andy Hemingway Stanage Tundra

Stanage Tundra

I studied for a BTEC in Art and Design at Huddersfield Technical College, before graduating from Norwich School of Art in 1991 with a BA(Hons) Degree in Fine Art Printmaking. My work has always been about the landscape. Not just how nature has shaped it’s contours but how human beings have lived and interacted with the land. From traces of prehistoric habitation, to the scattered gateposts and millstones, it is easy to forget that many landscapes were until quite recently working landscapes. The people who lived on the land had to somehow eke out a living and they left their works, stories and names behind for us to find if we care to look.

andy hemingway fleeting light at castle hill

Fleeting Light at Castle Hill

Often returning time and time again throughout the seasons, I consider it important to know the locations where I shoot intimately. I research the history and folklore of the areas that I photograph and by visiting locations often, begin to understand how the light at different times of year falls on the views that you want to capture. Sometimes you have to wait for months or even years for the perfect conditions to capture the image that you have envisioned. Landscape photography is about so much more than capturing the scene before you but attempting to capture something of the spirit of the place.

Andy Hemingway Dawn Over Saddleworth Moor

Dawn Over Saddleworth Moor

When processing my images, I am not so concerned with adhering to a rigid representation of how the scene appeared at the exact moment that the shutter released. Although I keep within the bounds of realism, I like my colours to zing and to retain shadows and contrast. I also like quite a high contrast in my monos to push out light and cloud detail. I use graduated neutral density filters and bracket two or three exposures. I then often blend exposures together in photoshop and use layer overlays to add contrast and tone to the image. I do not use HDR.

Andy Hemingway Morning on Carl Wark

Morning on Carl Wark

Andy’s work can be seen on display at his next exhibition at Castleton Visitor’s Centre in Hope Valley, from 2nd to 30th July, with Chris Charlesworth.

See more of Andy’s beautiful work on his website.

If you would like to see your work showcased on Artonomy please click here for more information.

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