Photographs of your art in situ add a whole new dimension to the presentation of your work.
In art, in situ means the place where the artwork is installed or exhibited. Rather than showing the work by itself, photograph it in a likely environment.
If you make two-dimensional fine art, you could photograph your art in homes or public buildings. Aim for a variety of shots: above sofas, tables, beds, as well as in hallways and stairwells.
Three-dimensional fine art could be photographed on pedestals next to chairs, beside a bookcase, and in a dramatic entryway.
Functional art such as jewelry or ceramics can be photographed on the body, in a place setting, or while using it (e.g. pouring from a pitcher, sipping out of a mug, tossing a salad with hand-carved utensils).
All art should also be photographed in exhibition spaces. Years from now you’ll be pleased that you documented your art as it was installed.
Don’t Use Just Any Old Setting
Remember that everything in your photograph is part of the composition. Look for strong elements and patterns that draw people into the photo without overshadowing the art.
Spend time on good lighting and you’ll be rewarded. Or, for best results, hire a pro for your photographs.
An in situ photograph should never be the sole picture of any piece of art unless the work is site specific, such as an installation. For most art, show off the work first, and then add the in situ photos as bonus views.
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