Good quality digital photos a must for artists
Every artist needs to have a set of high quality photographs, handy and ready to send out when requested. No matter what your discipline, you should have a decent portrait or headshot and a new one should be taken every couple of years.
Visual artists and artisans should photograph their artwork and catalogue it. With so many artists selling online, this is a necessity. But also, if you’re interested in entering juried shows or applying to show in a gallery or artisan event, you’ll need to send images of your work.
Performing artists are usually asked for photographs by promoters and presenters. Musicians, whether they play solo or in a group, need to provide an image that will help promote the show and inform the public of what to expect. It’s very difficult to promote you and your band if you don’t have a great photograph.
Theatre posters and programmes often display headshots of each actor, dancer, and sometimes even the crew. Writers also need a portrait as well as images of their book covers.
The quality of these images is very important. Compressed images in jpg format will look great on a screen (72 dpi or dots per inch) but print media still exists, as you can see by the number of newspapers, glossy magazines and tourism publications on display throughout the region, not to mention posters and flyers.
Print requires a much higher resolution, otherwise the image will look soft and pixelated. At least 240 dpi is required for most print. A jpg will look fine on the printed page if it’s the proper physical dimensions (so, if the image to appear on the page is 10” wide but the jpg is only 1” wide, that will be a problem).
A jpg compresses the image which means it sacrifices some of its information to take up less storage space and so it will be easier to send by email. The best thing to do is take high quality photographs in raw or tiff format and save them. Then, after you do all your edits, make your copies as jpgs so they will be easier to transport.
Photographs of artwork should always include a cutline – the name of the piece, the medium used, the name of the artist, and, although this isn’t always necessary, the size. If the image on the page is 3 inches wide but the actual piece is 3 feet wide, the reader won’t know that unless it’s in the cutline.
Photographs taken by a professional are best, and the QAC has a number of members who are professional photographers. You can find them in the member directory on our website – http://www.quinteartscouncil.org.
New QAC mini-studio will help member artists take great looking photos
The QAC has a new mini-studio in the office/gallery in downtown Belleville. QAC members are welcome to book time in this studio to take photos for their portfolio. We have a no-seam background, a camera, a tripod and two studio lights. It’s free of charge to artist members and group members – the only stipulation is you must have taken a workshop to familiarize yourself with the equipment and how to take proper photos. We’re planning to offer a workshop in the fall – see details below.
The QAC has also opened its new Online Store, so member artists who are participating in the QAC Gallery and Gift Shop (at 36 Bridge St. East, Belleville) will need to supply photographs of their work to appear in the Online Store. These photographs will also be used to promote their work in the QAC’s Umbrella arts newspaper, other print media, as well as on the website and social networks.
Learn the basics of photographing flat artwork and 3-dimensional art objects for your portfolio, using the QAC’s new Mini Photo Studio. Please note, only QAC Artist Members will have access to the studio. After taking the workshop, they will be able to use the studio free-of-charge.
Workshop to be led by David Vaughan in late October. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 613-962-1232 if you’re interested. Let us know what day of the week works best for you – weekday (morning or afternoon), weekday (evening), or Saturday. If we have enough interest, we may run two workshops, one during the week and one on Saturday. Cost: $30. Please confirm your interest by September 26.
The workshop is presented by the Quinte Arts Council and the John M. Parrott Art Gallery.