Photographing Your Artwork at Home

with Joanna Manning
Tuesdays: May 4, 11; 4:30–6:30pm CT

Documenting artwork is increasingly important as we find ourselves more reliant on digital platforms like social media and websites to share art. Images are also a crucial element in proposals to exhibit, teach, and sell artwork. In this virtual workshop, learn how to set up a basic photo lab at home using low-budget lighting equipment and natural light.

Instruction will cover the basics of using a DSLR camera, smartphone camera, backdrops, tripods, lighting, and photo editing using Adobe Photoshop. Come away with helpful tips and tricks to improve your photos! Night one will focus on learning tools and night two will focus on friendly critique and troubleshooting. Some experience using your camera and Adobe Photoshop is helpful. 

Joanna Manning (she/her) had the opportunity to be a teaching assistant for an Artist’s Books and Publications course and support her professor during her undergraduate degree. Courses that she has completed related to bookmaking include printmaking, photography, and digital media. In addition to her classroom experiences, she is also a Clay Camp Assistant at Northern Clay Center. She supports art educators, helps maintain the classroom, and works with students. During COVID, her team has adapted new strategies to create a welcoming and safe art experience. To learn more click here.

Some experience helpful
Certificate: 4 hours, Category D

$80/participant (10% discount for MCBA members)
$40 for BIPOC participants (10% discount for MCBA members)
We are offering a reduced rate to BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) participants to honor equity and increase access and artistic opportunities for those who have historically been underrepresented in the book arts. For individuals to whom this does not apply, register at the rate listed first and, if you are able, consider making a donation when registering to support MCBA’s efforts to make reduced rates available.

What you’ll need to participate
Tech requirements: For this participatory virtual workshop we recommend joining on a laptop or desktop computer with a camera and microphone, if possible. You will receive step-by-step instructions for downloading Zoom (it’s free!) and accessing the workshop online approximately 2 days before the workshop’s start date. This workshop also requires you to have a computer with Adobe Photoshop installed and either a camera or a smartphone. Tripod optional.
Materials: You are responsible for sourcing your own supplies from the materials list. You are welcome to reach out to teaching artists with questions about materials in advance of the workshop (contact information is listed on the materials list).

Please note: Registration closes 4/29 at midnight (CT).