Roses: photographing artwork and problems photographing coloured pencil work
Blowsy Rose, mixed media, approx 11x9 ins, Vivien Blackburn
I find work in coloured pencil very hard to photograph or scan. The subtle paler marks tend to look faded and the white paper glares a bit too much. I don't like to burnish as I like the marks left, though I realise that would solve the problem.
I find that putting a folded paper tissue over the flashgun, if using flash, definitely helps with photographing any work. Often the results using this are better than I get with natural light.
This one is a mixed media piece with some watercolour underpainting with cp over. This, I find easier to photograph and actually prefer to work this way.
The top layer below shows the untouched photograph using flash, with next to it, the image adjusted in photoshop to match the original as closely as possible.
The second row shows the natural light photograph and its adjusted image.
The one in the top row is closer and has, in my opinion, made a better job of picking up the colours in this case.
I adjusted it using Levels - tweaking the dark/midtones/light. Then I adjusted the colour balance, tipping the lights and the midtones a little yellower and the darks a little bluer and greener. This brought it very close to the original.
Sometimes I find it works better to duplicate the layer and multiply it, altering the percentage until it looks right. Then it may need brightness and contrast and colour balance adjusting a little.
Next decision - to crop as below or to leave the ragged edges - as at the top? what do you think?
Meanwhile ..... please keep work coming in for the tree challenge - a post linking to all participants at the end of the month :>)
................ and Jeanette has a rock challenge starting up - take a look and join in?
and Katherine has a very good post about adjusting for those using Elements here