Don't sweat it!

This is our best photo tip, virtually all smartphones or tablets take excellent pictures and can be used for photographing your work. There is no need for special equipment. 

I am just starting, I have nothing to photograph!

Just send your teacher a photo of your reference material (the images that you are working from or the photo of your landscape or still life setup) and we will take it from there. Your teacher will help you get started and work with you to chose the right foundations for your project.

Working from life?

If you have a still life setup or are doing a live portrait or plein air, do your best to capture your work and your subject in the same photo from your viewpoint when painting or drawing.

Keep points to remember

  • Match the camera format to your art. Shoot vertically for tall pieces and horizontally for wide pieces.
    Turn off the flash to avoid hot spots.
  • Keep the art flat, vertical, and level. Make sure the camera is not tilted and is level. The camera should be aligned with the center of your art. This will help avoid distortion.
  • For smaller work, you can take a picture of your art side by side with your reference photo. For bigger work, you can take a separate picture of your reference photo under the same light and using the same procedure. If your reference photo is already digital (when working from a computer screen), you can upload it along with the photo of your art.
  • Show 100% of your work. Don’t crop out anything and leave a small amount of space surrounding your piece.


Normally, taking a photo of your art on your easel in your normal light is just fine but if you are experiencing problems with too much light reflections try the following:

  • Make sure the art is set up flat on a wall or easel.
  • Ideally the light(s) should be at a 45-degree angle and aimed at the center of the painting. If using more than one, they should be equidistant from the art.


On most smartphones or tablets, simply touch a light part of your art on your phone screen to avoid overexposure or a dark part of the art to avoid underexposure. Most mobile devices are really good at giving great pictures without any modifications on your part. 

Correct Exposure