Sunday, May 8, 2011

Are My Colors Right/Correct?



It seems that I have a real issue with photographing my art. I'm getting colors that vary widely with the same camera and the same monitor, but photographed in different places. What a HUGE difference! This painting that I did last year I experimented with today. These are pools balls that I painted resting on a piece of tin foil...to reflect the image. Neither photo is exactly correct, but the first picture is closer to the actual painting. It's 22" x 24", which is large and has a black frame on it. I used to photograph art for collectors eons ago, before the digital camera was out. I used special film and lights and would bracket my exposures. It was a lot of work, but I always got accurate results. Is this a Photoshop issue? Does anyone know how I can get accurate results without the use of an Adobe program? Darcy, could you ask your husband, please?

6 comments:

susan jenkins said...

Love the idea of painting on foil! Never have done it and am inspired to try it, thankyou! Really love your painting!

I was told by a photography studio to take all my pictures out side and not to use a flash. Using the digital.Color seems to be more true. There is a DSL digital that is supposed to be very good for photograpy of paintings too.A bit of an investment but way worth it I'm told!

Susan

dulcy said...

I'll check with Jim. This happens to me and it's so frustrating. Many times my shots are just not right, and I play with them in iPhoto, but can't get the most accurate color results. My husband thinks that all my pictures should pass through photoshop before I post them, but it just takes forever to learn. Also, many times when I feel that the photo is right, something happens during the posting process that changes things. So there's that issue. I do love the painting!
xo
dulcy
p.s. I've had computer issues all week and haven't been able to comment without all kinds of problems. Don't know if it's my computer or what....

Stephanie Berry said...

Good question about photos. I try to take all my painting photos outside while it's bright but overcast. That way generally I don't have to "shop" things. But then blogger seems to change things again. For me most of mine look kind of washed out. Your paintings are really good and that comes through no matter what.

Theresa Paden said...

I take photos of my paintings outside in bright shade, with no flash. This seems to be the best way to get as close to the color as possible. Then I adjust the colors and exposure, if needed, with a Microsoft program that we have on our PC. It's called "Microsoft Digital Image Suite Anniversary Edition". It's an old program from 2006, but I love it because it's so easy to use and I get great results with it. It's much easier than photoshop! It also gives you more flexibility in what you can do than i photo does (I have that on my Mac laptop). You could try to find something similar that is a newer edition. Love your painting, by the way!

Angela said...

What a nice idea I will try the foil trick but the reason for my visit. Those beautiful balls. Such a concept for such a simple subject. Love your paintings and your blog

Rebecca Malone said...

love this!!