Learn how to photograph your Art Work


This one day workshop teach you how to photograph a painting, a drawing, piece of sculpture or still life, this workshop led by Tim Durham will give you an insight on the basics documenting an object. 

Date: 08/02/2020

Workshop times: 10am – 5pm

Class Size: 10


‘Artists often struggle to photograph their own work. If they don’t know how, they may spend scarce resources paying someone else to do it for them. But with some basic guidelines and practice artists are, for the majority of purposes, well able to photograph their own ceramics, drawings, installations, paintings, sculptures, textiles, etc. 

This workshop will assist you in creating a methodical step-by-step process to obtain the best possible results with the equipment you already have, whether this is a digital compact camera or digital SLR. This process will allow you to create high quality ‘accurate’ images for proposals, submissions to galleries, websites, emails, catalogues and press releases.

Perhaps you may still need to employ a professional photographer for producing coffee table books and limited edition prints. But having undertaken this workshop you will have a better understanding of the process and potential pitfalls, and be able to communicate knowledgeably with a photographer. The course will cover exposure, ISO, white balance, apertures, depth of field, jpg and raw quality, resolution of images, tripod use and much more’ Tim

-What do you need to bring?

  • Your camera with its manual. Manuals can be downloaded from the manufacturers website.
  • Blank memory card (no images on card)
  • Fully charged battery and spare if possible 
  • Battery charger
  • Tripod if you have one
  • A piece of art work to photograph

Tim can provide a small number of cameras and tripods if participants don’t have their own. Please let us know if this is something you need. If you are thinking of buying a camera Tim would recommend you do the workshop first. You will then better understand the features to look for in a camera. 

This workshop is directed toward artists. However, the skills learnt are suitable for documenting most objects. For instance if you are an archeologist, historian or archivist and you need to record artefacts, maps or books, this workshop will work for you.

-Where does the course take place?
The course takes place in the Gallery of Photography’s Darkroom.

-How do I book a place?
­Please telephone to check availability of places.

Places: 4 max
Cost: €80 (€65 Gallery of Photography Members)

Gallery of Photography photograph by Ros Kavanagh