So you want to know how much I love my daughter? Well when the PTA at her school was looking for a parent volunteer to design and produce the annual yearbook, I can feel everyone in the room just staring at me…. because they knew that I’m a professional photographer a,nd have published a bunch of coffee-table photo books! So I decided to step up to the challenge. For this year’s book, we’re using this artwork the kids made when studying Jackson Pollock paintings! I’ve got to shoot high quality photographs of each one, and need it to be an accurate reproduction of the original art. Let’s go through the techniques I’m using to get it done. Here are the top five things I do when photographing artwork. Thankfully these pieces haven’t been framed… but if they were behind glass, the reflections would be a nightmare. If I couldn’t take it out of the glass, then I’d have to try placing in a lot of different angles to avoid seeing the Sky, the Sun, or even myself in the glass! Nobody wants to see that. I want to evenly light every square inch of the artwork, and the easiest way to do that is by bringing it outside into the shade! I don’t want it in direct sunlight, because that would create shadows and hot spots. Open shade on a cloudy day gives me nice even light over the whole thing. I want to hang the art, or lay it, so it’s completely flat, and place the camera so the lens is exactly perpendicular to it, you know how when you look up to photograph a building, it looks like it’s leaning backwards. You don’t want that to happen with your art, so shoot right in the middle, and angle it so you’re exactly 90 degrees from the piece. I’m going to rattle off a bunch of my camera settings, so see if you can stay with me! I’m shooting at a 100 ISO for best ]image quality. My aperture’s f/8 because most lenses are the sharpest right around there. I’m shooting zoomed in to around 50 mm to fill the frame… and staying away from the wide-angle range to avoid distortion. I always shoot raw so I’m just shooting on auto white balance. I’m going to take a picture of a gray card, so I can click on it in my editing software later, and apply that to all my images for the most accurate color. If you’re doing this and not shooting raw, then make sure you pick the correct white balance for your image, like cloudy, or shade in this case. Lastly, the camera doesn’t have an on-camera flash, but if it did, I would turn it off! That flash won’t give me even light all the way across the image, any movement will make my images blurry. So I’m going to use a tripod. I can set the timer or use a cable release, so I don’t even have to touch the camera at all, to take a picture. This will give me rock-solid sharp images. So listen… I do a new video every Monday at 11 o’clock Eastern! So click that little subscribe button down there, and you won’t miss any of my Two-Minute Tips or any of the other great videos from the other free photo shows at AdoramaTV. My daughter graduates from this Middle School in a few months, so my tenure here is almost over. Sorry to her future high school, but my yearbook editing days are done! Bergman out!