How to Photograph your artwork yourself
To submit an optimized image for judging, it is important to take the highest quality
picture possible with your partiular digital camera. You can always downsize or downsample
your images later, but you cannot up-sample without losing detail.
Familiarize yourself with your camera’s settings, so that you are shooting images as
large as possible. Look in the manual for the chart which shows the various
combinations of image size, and degrees of jpeg compression availale to you. Select
the combination(s) of largest number of pixels, (image size) and least jpeg compression
(highest image quality). This should set the camera to shoot large archive or print
quality images, of at least 300 dpi, which you could later (if you wish) down-sample to
72 dpi for posting to the web or other uses.
Take all pictures under controlled conditions, always in the same lighting, preferably
shadow-free artificial light. If your camera is capable, consider multiple exposures with
differing white balance settings to find the setting which produces image colors and
tones as close to the original as possible.
Use a tripod, with the lens centered on the artwork, to avoid images without parallel
Adjust the lens-to-subject distance so that the frame is filled by the image; this will
avoid having to crop away valuable pixels at editing time. The prospectus calls for an
image of 300 dpi quality, and 1800 pixels on the long side.
Getting help with photographing and sizing your digital prints
Commercial Services for Digital Photography
Digital Canvas Northwest
Cary Cartmill, photographer Cell Phone: (206) 550-2510
3003 S Lake Crabapple Road
Marysville, WA 98271-7920 email@example.com
Cary Cartmill, 3003 S. Lk. Crabapple Rd. Marysville, WA! 98271-7920, Phone (206-550-2510).
Cary picks up and delivers once a week, on Wednesdays, at Christopher’s Framing (used to be Autumn’s Framing and Gallery), 537 Main St. Edmonds, 98020. (Call Cary ahead to arrange pickup time)
Art and Soul
2860 NW Market St, Seattle, WA 98107 Phone: (206) 297-1223
Help Within Seattle Co-Arts
Certain members within Co-Arts will photograph and size images for you. You will need to make your own individual arrangements with these people. Prices will be reasonable and vary based on what you want them to do (photograph only or photograph, and/or computer preparation and image submittal). These members will do their best, but if it is important to you to be exact,then use a professional.
6230 33rd Ave. N.E. Seattle, WA Phone numbers: 206-985-2093 and 206-799-1984
3221 NE 92nd Street, Seattle, WA 98115 Phone number: 206 524-1891
Costco will take your slide film, convert it to digital images and put them on a disc. You will still then need to size and format them to our specifications on your computer using Photo Shop or Photo Shop Elements, or by contacting one of the Co-Arts members or
commercial resources mentioned above.