CSPWC Professional Series: Photographing Watercolour Paintings

We are pleased to bring you our series of educational events aimed at supporting our membership in the business side of art.

This is a free event for CSPWC Elected Members and Associates only.

Become a CSPWC Associate here.

So you have finished a great painting and now you want to share it with the world by entering it in a show. But the impression your painting makes is only as good as the photographs you take. Capturing a good image of your painting is a necessary step in the completion of any painting. You need good photos not only for entering shows, but also for documenting and promoting your artwork. However, getting those crisp, clear high resolution photographs can be a challenge.

For the best advice, consult an expert!

Blaine Campbell is a professional photographer who specializes in documenting artwork. We have invited him to present to our Elected Members and Associates. He will help us gain a better understanding of how to use the tools we have at home or in our studios to get the best possible photographs.

These are some of the topics Blaine is going to help us with:

  • Camera settings, for iPhone and for stand alone cameras
  • How to physically set up your artwork for a good capture
  • Lighting
  • Image processing (much of getting a good image happens in post production)
  • A demonstration of how to take a photo, from shooting to final image

Blaine will provide a handout which we will send out ahead of time to registered participants. To get the most from his presentation , we suggest you review the handout before the presentation. You will have the opportunity to ask questions at the end of the presentation. This is a great opportunity to learn from an expert.

This event will be streamed live on Zoom. Furthermore, a recording will be available for Elected Members and Associates after the event.

This event is only open to CSPWC Members and Associates. You can become an Associate of the CSPWC right now, by clicking here.

We will be announcing this event with an email sent to CSPWC Members/Associates. Stay tuned for that email! Please add our email address (education@cspwc.ca) to your contact list or safe senders list so that it does not end up in your spam or junk folder.

Equipment needed:

A robust internet connection is required for the best viewing of this Zoom event. 

About Blaine Campbell:

Blaine Campbell is an Alberta-based photographer and artist, dividing time between Edmonton and Vancouver.

Commercial photographic services are primarily centered in architecture and fine art documentation, working with museums, galleries, artists, and architectural and construction firms. Clients have included the Remai Modern, the Rennie Collection, SAAG, Art Gallery of Alberta, Translink, the City of Vancouver, Artspeak, Simon Fraser University Galleries, the Museum of Anthropology, Burnaby Art Gallery, amongst many others.

Artworks are based in photography, installation, and video. Blaine’s thematic interests have included the inherent properties of the photograph and its relation to the viewer, landscape use and modification, processes of mediation and artifice in relation to transcendent experience, and parallels between Jacques Derrida’s “textuality” and quantum theory. In 2007, Blaine received the national award in the BMO 1st Art! Invitational juried competition and the Emerging Artist Award from the Contemporary Arts Society. Recently he was shortlisted for the Eldon and Anne Foote Prize, and completed residencies at the Banff Centre and TRIUMF. 

A 2007 graduate of Emily Carr University with a BFA in photography, Blaine previously completed B.Math and M.Sc. degrees in mathematics at the University of Waterloo and University of Calgary, respectively.