A4 sized, acrylic on canvas textured primed paper
You see, the problem is not painting the picture, its the photographing of it afterwards when you want to list it on a gallery web site.
The actual painting doesn’t look anything like the photograph above, its much darker (deliberately), the greens are much duller apart from the green highlight strip in the middle – if I advertised this one and someone bought it they would send it back thinking that I’ve sent the wrong painting.
Truth is that its my photography technique that is crap, I’ve tried everything but really, its me.
The camera is a Fuji S7000, at the time it was the best spec’d digital SLR style camera with a fixed lens that you could buy without having to tout yourself to weddings and family groups in order to pay for the second mortgage on your camera equipment, so I can’t blame the camera.
I use it purely for point-and-shoot in full auto mode and so I assume that the folk at Fuji have set all of the auto setting correctly – I shoot the paintings in daylight without artificial light or flash which would affect the colour and still it goes wrong.
I hesitate to adjust the photos using software as again I consider that cheating in a retail environment and yet when the original photo comes out looking nothing like the painting then you have no choice, a photography neighbour has volunteered his assistance and as this one has come out looking so different then I think I’ll hand it over to him – the image above is as it came out of my camera, I’ll post the results from his professional equipment shortly.