Scott Burdick: Photographing Artwork


Video Length: 2 Hours 20 Minutes

Taking good photographs of subjects or scenes you want to paint, or of your own artwork after a painting is finished, can be a challenging, time consuming & frustrating task. Doing the painting was hard enough, but now comes yet another challenge: to take a photograph that does not diminish the quality that you worked so hard to get in the first place. 


Which camera should you use to get the desired result (small format, large format, film, digital), how do you properly measure the light, which exposure settings should you use, how do you eliminate glare? 

These are just a few of the problems and questions that Scott's video answers and explains in a clear and articulate manner. As an artist who is frequently called on to submit photos & transparencies for magazines articles, art competitions and exhibitions, Scott knows, through experience, how to quickly take the best photos and passes that knowledge and skill on to you in this excellent video.


"For the modern artist, Photography is just as essential a skill as drawing and color, both in the creation of your art as well as in its documentation and marketing. In this video, I hope to give you the basic rundown of the various cameras at your disposal and what uses a working artist has for each, both for gathering reference material for your paintings as well photographing your artwork for reproduction in prints, magazines, and for slide submission to shows. Particular attention will be given to using a polarization setup for eliminating glare on oil paintings and the use of a 4" by 5" view camera, 35mm, and digital camera to shoot your artwork." -Scott Burdick