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How to Catalogue Artwork

 
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Sep 29, 2009 13:18 |  #1

I work for an agency that has quite a bit of art work which was created by a local artist and former employee. There are approx. 50 pieces of art throughout our facility and Management has requested that I help catalogue the art work.

Many of the items are large canvas Acrylic Painting, approx. 8x6 and smaller. Some of the pieces are Pencil or even framed and glassed.

Can someone please give some advice on how and what equipment to use?

I have hot shoe flashes that I can fire off camera with umbrellas or I have a couple strobes.

Any comments appreciated. Please note, I am helping my agency and this is not for money.

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Sep 29, 2009 13:40 |  #2

So as I read more online, flash may not be a useful options. Can anyone comment then?

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Sep 29, 2009 18:16 |  #3

It can be a challenge if the art work is behind glass but I have taken good images. If the glass is the frosted non glare type the image will have a haze to it. Two off camera strobes are fine. you will need the usual gear like light stands and a way to trigger the strobes. I reproduce a great deal of art work and I have made good quality images using daylight, tungsten hot lights, off camera strobes and studios mono lights. Simply get the lights off to the side at a 45 degree angle and look to make sure you do not have have any reflections. I always use a tripod, set the strobes on manual and test to make sure the light is evenly placed over the work. For large pieces this can be a challenge. I do this so often that I bought a light meter, well, I should say that I have done it so long that I had a light meter from my film days. The tripod is useful if you use hot lights and a slower shutter speed. THe tripod also helps keep the image square in the frame. Once you start, you will figure it out. Oh wait, I should have asked what you plan to do with the art work. If you are going to make actual reproductions, then you may need higher level lights and you will want to make sure you have your white balance down. Use your 50 mm lens for larger work and for smaller pieces probably use your 70 to 200. Lots to discuss here so, just take a few images evaluate it and then go back and adjust as needed. I like to group work that is similar. Like all the framed glass pieces. Once I figure the light angle then you can work faster. Or work with all the large pieces. It all depend where the work is located, since I have done it room by room too, which I don't like since you have to adjust lights for different size work. Hope this is enough for a start. Good luck - Jim




  
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Sep 29, 2009 18:57 |  #4

If you're using glass, don't forget to use a polarizer to kill some of the strobe reflections.


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