Sunday, January 9, 2011

Photographing Miniatures

I have been struggling, trying to find a way to get a descent photograph of my miniature paintings. Since I work in oils, the surface of the painting is wet when I finish. The light is reflected back from the surface of the painting, picking up all of the minute crevasses from the canvas. giving me a painting that is not worth posting. Many times I  needed to reshoot the painting a number of times. This had become frustrating and very time consuming. I am here to say, I have solved my problem.  With a  Christmas gift from my future son-in-law, I ordered an all-in-one Photo Cube. The reflection is gone and the pictures are coming out fantastic. I tried rephotographing a few of my small pieces that had already been photographed the old way. Check out the difference in the photos below.

Dark Garlic
Photographed 1/9/2011

I love the contrast and the depth that I got with this photograph. The  real advantage was that I shot it 4 times and was able to download it with out a lot of difficulty. For me the Photo Cube was well worth the investment. I am still getting a glare off the left side, but I think that may be due to the varnish that is on the piece.

Dark Garlic
Photographed 9/10/2010

Below is an image of the set I ordered. It includes all that you need; backgrounds, lights, tripod, and cube. There are a number of different brands on the market. Check them out, they have made a big difference in how much time and frustration I need to give to photographing my small pieces.

I hope this has been helpful. I would love to hear from you if you try one of the Cubes. 


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