What makes a good photo for a landscape commission painting?
- A digital camera photo will have more definition and can be enlarged, compared to a mobile phone or iPad camera.
- An underexposed photo will have more detail in a brightly lit sky.
- A RAW photo will have more data and can be enlarged more than a JPEG photo. If your camera has the ability to take a RAW photo this is the ideal setting for a very large image especially if you would like a very large painting commission.
- A photo with a good depth of field and not out of focus.
- A photo with a contrast will add more definition i.e having shadows, a mix of sunshine and cloud. A dull grey day can look flat, just as much as an overly bright day can.
Mobile phone photos and Facebook photos
Photos taken with a mobile phone or uploaded to Facebook are only small file images, at best they will print to a 8” x 6” size, with a loss of definition. Therefore, they are not the best photos for creating a landscape painting.
Creating a landscape commission from an old photo
If you would like to commission a landscape painting from an old printed photograph, then it is best to scan the photograph or photographs to then email these to me. They need to be scanned to 300dpi resolution with either an AdobeRGB or sRGB colour space and then save as a .jpeg. If you are unsure what to do, I am able to scan your photographs. Please contact me to see how I can help.
You don’t have a photograph of the location you want
You have a favourite place or somewhere you’ve been and have never forgotten, but the only photos you have, aren’t very good. Don’t worry I have a large resource of sketches and photographs of various locations, which we can discuss. Get in touch let me know what you’re thinking of and I’ll see what I can do. I am also prepared to attend the location (additional charges apply). So, therefore, I can get that stunning location immortalised in paint for you.
I hope this information helps with taking and choosing photos for your landscape commission. Please enquire if you have any more questions.