How to photograph your artwork

Show our curators how much you value your work by taking the time to photograph it professionally (or as professionally as possible) for submission. Often it’s due to poor quality images that artists don’t get through the curator review.

Your master image will appear on all your artwork pages and in the search results on Rise Art. To be accepted onto the site, you need to submit a high-quality image of the artwork that’s cropped to its borders.

Image guidelines:

  • Photograph your artwork centrally, not at an angle. If possible, use a tripod to photograph the work at eye-level when it’s mounted on a wall.
  • Upload a high-pixel image of your work. We recommend files of at least 2000 pixels (either in width or height). A high-pixel image lets our zoom tool show the details of your work and also allows us to blow it up to fullscreen. We shrink the file size to 72dpi for display. Please note that we accept PHG, JPEG and GIF files up to 20MB. We don’t accept other file types like TIFF and PDF.
  • For photographers, you can upload the digital photograph in a lower resolution.

Unframed works:

  • Crop your photograph of the artwork to its border, so the customer can see it exactly as (s)he will get it. If it’s a shot of a sculpture, make sure you photograph the piece in front of a neutral background.

Framed works or works ready to hang:

  • If you’ve framed your artwork, photograph it and crop it to look how it will be when it’s shipped i.e. with the frame in the shot. Crop the image to the outer edges of the frame. Please make sure that when you list the measurements of the artwork, you include the frame in those dimensions. Your artwork won’t be approved if these measurements are wrong. We use these photos to create images of the work in situ.

Photograph your work in indirect natural light between 10am and 4pm to make the colours of your work look the way they would when a customer looks at the piece in natural light.

Examples:

Tommy Clarke's prints are unframed and the images he uploads are cropped beautifully to the border.

Harriet Hoult's works are beautifully framed and her master image gives the customer an accurate view of what they’ll get. She has photographed and cropped her artwork to the frame border and the customer can see that the work comes in a white frame.

Please note: we tend to prefer unframed works because the customer is free to choose their own bespoke frame. It also saves you an investment on the frame.

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