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The Quick & Easy Guide to Photographing Your Artwork by Roger Saddington

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Using a fully automatic camera

To get accurate photographs with a fully automatic camera, you’ll have to study the tonal range of your artwork yourself. After you’ve learned to anticipate how the camera will expose different artworks automatically, you can set the camera manually to capture the artwork accurately. Compare the lightness or darkness of your artwork to the tone of the gray card.

Try to visualize the mixture of tones and average them. For example, a painting of a white rabbit running across the snow would be much lighter than the gray card. If you were to add a black car that would take up about half the scene, the average tone of the painting would be much closer to that of the gray card. Similarly, a black crow flying at night ...

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