Every session I follow the same process after I finish painting and it mostly consists of me struggling with photographing my wet painting and removing glare.
I don’t have any expensive equipment. I just use my iPhone and a lamp clipped to a student easel. I then proceed to take a ton of photos at different angles with different exposures. Here I’m hoping to capture a few with little glare and in focus.
Then I pull all the photos into Photoshop and select the few that I think will work. I select one photo for a detail shot, a photo with a setup shot (which I forgot to take this time), a photo of the full painting straight on, and a photo of the full painting taken at an angle.
Above is the original closeup photo that was taken at an angle. Later I pull it into Photoshop and distort it back to it’s original shape.
Above is the original photo of the full painting taken as straight on as I can get it. You can see the massive amounts of glare that is produced when taking the photo straight on.
Above is the original photo of the full painting taken at an extreme angle so that the glare goes away.
I pull both images into Photoshop. The straight on photo of the painting is used as a guide to distort the photo taken at an angle. All I do is paste the angled photo over the one with all the glare, change it’s opacity to 50% then distort it and match up the corners. What I’m left with is a photo that has no glare and is at the correct angle. You can see the difference below.
This is the full photo that is produced after this process. Sometimes the photos come out blurry due to the distortion. The key is trying to remove as much glare as possible when taking the angled photo while at the same time not taking the photo at too an extreme of angle.
I keep trying to improve this process but honestly I haven’t found anything better. I know that once these paintings are dry and I add a coat of varnish over them that it is easier to get a good photo without any glare so I just deal with this for my daily posts.
If anyone has any tips on how to do this better let me know, I would like to hear it.