Lightshed Photography Studio - Video Tutorial - Photographing Fine Art Paintings

This video was created by Lightshed Photography for Creative Salem. It is the first in a series of tutorials about all manner of creative tools made by local trusted creative professionals. Tools made for and by creatives.

From Paint to Pixels 
How to photograph artwork
By Rob Reynolds
It’s small, flat, and stationary; so what’s the problem? Two-dimensional artwork can be extremely difficult to photograph. Assuming you’ve managed to light it evenly, then other issues may arise. Common problems are improper white balance, color shifts, and focus issues to name a few. I’ve created this tutorial to share certain techniques, which if implemented, will counter the numerous problems associated with photographing artwork. Here’s how to do it.

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People buy from who they know, but how well can someone you’ve just met know you?  What if they’re visiting your website for the first time and haven’t  even met you?  These days it’s necessary to network with an image; that photo needs to communicate competency, professionalism, and friendship.  While everyone may have easy access to a camera, a snapshot will not enhance your brand.  The only solution is a professional photographer that can help clearly communicate who you are and what you do.

At Lightshed Photography Studio we have a simple approach: you.  Expect to spend about an hour or two with us depending on the variety of looks we’re going for.  We use this time to help you relax and open up as well as to explore what works for you; we’ve found that conversations make way for photographs and inevitably we’ve got those perfect shots of you when you weren’t even aware of what we were doing.

We love how frequently we hear people leave our studio exclaiming, “ That was so much easier than I thought it would be!” It’s no secret that not everyone enjoys having his or her picture taken – the problem arises when an uncomfortable expression becomes the face of your business.  You need a down to earth approach.  You need a cup of coffee and a shot of enthusiasm. Have a seat and let us show the world who you really are.

Your headshots are your image.  Represent Yourself.    

Jeff Rolke approached Creative Salem about a total rebrand and our collective of resources went to work. In addition to providing Jeff with new head shots through Lightshed the resources at Social Palates created a whole new web presence for Jeff as well as consulted him on how to continue growth with a "Best Practices" guide and continued updates. Creative Salem has also begun to work with Jeff's company Gold Coast Mortgage to maximize networking and big picture growth both for the company and through ways the company can support local creative professionals. 

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Lightshed Photography Studio's Work Goes to International Exhibition

Lightshed Photography Studio's Work Goes to International Exhibition 
Daniel St. John of Lightshed Photography Studio is honored by peers and jurors for high-quality photography.

Salem, MA 8/14/14— A photograph created by Daniel St. John of Lightshed Photography Studio in Salem has recently been accepted into the GeneralCollection of Professional Photographers of America's 2014 International Photographic Competition. St. John’s work will be on display at the Gaylord Opryland in Nashville, Tennessee Feb. 1-3, 2015. This International Photographic Exhibition is held in conjunction with Imaging USA, an annual convention and expo for professional photographers and several photographic associations.

A panel of 45 eminent jurors from across the United States selected the top photographs from nearly 5,000 total submitted entries at Gwinnett Technical College in Georgia. Judged against a standard of excellence, just over 1,800 images were selected for the General Collection and 918 (roughly 18 percent) were selected for the esteemed Loan Collection—the best of the best. The Loan Collection images will all be published in the much-anticipated "Loan Collection" book and over 200 selected General Collection images will be published in the "Showcase" book by Marathon Press.

Titled “Amelia,” St. John’s photograph will be in the International Photographic Exhibition alongside other top photographic works from the competition and traveling and special invitational displays. These images constitute one of the world's largest annual exhibits of professional photography gathered simultaneously under one roof.

About PPA: 
Professional Photographers of America (PPA) is the largest international non-profit association created by professional photographers, for professional photographers. Almost as long-lived as photography itself, PPA has roots that date back to 1869. It assists more than 27,000 members through protection, education and resources for their continued success. See how PPA helps photographers be more at

Contact: Daniel St. John
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