In the third part of his series, David Palumbo describes his photo process for delivery to clients. It’s convenient and low cost without compromising quality
David Palumbo’s process.
Essentially, this set-up could be called the “long exposure available light” method. I like it because of its simplicity: what you actually see is what you’ll get, so it’s achievable with basic equipment. In fact, that’s the core idea behind this approach and one of the most important concepts to understand if you’re going to use it successfully: if you can get the painting to look right to your eye from standing in one specific spot, you can photograph it.
This method is also very accessible because the tools required are cheap and easy to find. A camera and tripod are the only photo-specific tools needed, and both can be found second-hand for bargain prices. You’ll need a camera with at least 12 megapixels, and more is generally better. I also recommend using a camera that gives you full manual control and is capable of capturing Raw files. If your camera has interchangeable lenses, you’ll get less glare with a portrait length lens than a wide lens.
Three components of photography must be balanced to produce a proper exposure: shutter speed, aperture (f-stop) and ISO. See step 2 for ideal settings on a D-SLR. You may want to experiment and vary these settings to find the best results for your own equipment, particularly if you’re using a compact camera.