Your own photographs will
be your best source for paintings
because they show the subjects you
record and reveal your own sense of
visual design. It is also against
many rules in Exhibitions to use
someone else’s photos. There are
also copyright laws to contend with.
The Digital Age is now so convenient
, It allows you to take hundreds of
photos quickly for reference. I
would suggest a high memory card for
this reason. Everywhere, someone
has a camera to catch a “moment”.
When picking your camera, find one
that is convenient to carry, good in
low light and high resolution (megapixels).
Because the memory card can store
many photos, it is a cheap,
convenient process. Once the image is captured on your
memory card, the process is just
beginning. After downloading
the images to your computer, you can
manipulate the image in a variety of
ways so much so that you can even
correct flaws that would otherwise
cause you to trash the picture.
There are many programs to use to do
this. Many come with your
computer or there are websites that
offer this also. Apart from
image fixes, there is a whole new
realm of creativity where your
imagination can run wild.
Invest in a book about taking
photos. Kodak has been doing that
and Nikon has a wonderful user
When taking pictures using natural
light indoors, and when using
multiple light, use a tripod. Use
light from a window…It creates great
multiple shadows with indoor light
and other windows.
Light outdoors: Best early
morning and late afternoon, it
creates great shadows….and also in
low light, use a tripod. Night time
is also a good source of
photography….Use a tripod. When it
is sunny, you need less exposure of
light on the picture. When it is
low light, you need more light to
come into the camera. Reflected and
indirect light is also fun. Sunny
shade or closed shade…
Use your viewfinder to frame what
you want to shoot. Vary the frame
taking the pictures of the same
subject and moving the central focus
of the picture. Your camera
instructions should guide you
through this process.
When you look at the photos you have
taken, change the image to black and
white. You can better determine
your values. Also, there are lots
of computer programs that you can
use to manipulate the photo to
enhance what you want to achieve.
Color, Values, Brightness,
contrast….to name a few. You can
combine photos to make a better
painting. Also use a projector to
draw your subject on to your paper.
There are many to choose from.
Lots of times when doing this, you
may even determine that you could
make a wonderful abstract from a
Using a camera is taking advantage
of today’s technologies and gives
you more time to paint and less on
the process of preparation.