Photographing Your Artwork

The documentation of your artwork is an essential part of the creative process. It is the part of the process in which you archive your work, but also ensure that the work is accessible for the world to see so that they know what you can do.

By the end of this lesson, you will be able to…

  • properly light your artwork for documentation
  • take proper exposures of your artworks
  • properly archive your digital photos
  • make image corrections (i.e. levels, contrast, brightness, hue/saturation
  • properly resize your digital photos for web and print use



1. Set up your photos to document your work.


2. Take your photos, bracketing your exposures.

3. Upload your photos to a computer with imaging software (i.e. Adobe Photoshop).

4. Organize your photos (i.e. name properly, title, date, etc.).

5. Make basic image corrections.


6. Change the size of a photo for various media (i.e. print and ; web).

  • print – 300 ppi
  • web – 72 ppi