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How to Document Your Artwork

Thursday, March 4, 2021, 10:30 AM – 12:30PM

This workshop will be hosted on Zoom and is FREE and open to everyone, but registration is required. 

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This webinar will give you practical advice and information to help with the documentation of 2D and 3D artworks. Facilitated by artist and experienced documentary photographer Laura Findlay, the workshop will begin with a formal presentation (90 mins) and conclude with an open Q&A period. Whether you’re working with a phone camera or a DSLR/Mirrorless camera, the technical information in this presentation will help you take better images of your artwork for your website, social media, or grant application.

The presentation will cover the following topics:

Part 1: How to capture images of your artwork

  • Cameras – lenses, techniques, and settings
  • Lenses – the influence of focal length
  • Accessories – the basic tools needed to take images of artwork
  • Lighting – options and how to choose what’s right for you
  • Colour – how to get the most accurate colour in your images
  • File types – which one do you pick when you’re taking a picture

Part 2: Post-production

  • Histograms – what are they and how can they help you
  • File Types, File Clipping, and File Resolution
  • Importing and Exporting files



Laura Findlay is a Toronto based artist. Originally from Montreal, she received her BFA from Concordia University in 2011 and MFA from the University of Guelph in 2014. She’s exhibited work and participated in artist residencies throughout Canada, the US, and Europe and she is represented by Jarvis Hall Gallery in Calgary, Alberta. Laura has professionally documented artwork and exhibitions for clients throughout southern Ontario, Montreal, and abroad since 2009. Clients include RBC Visual Arts Collection, Scotiabank Fine Art Program, Superframe, C Magazine, Oakville Galleries, Scrap Metal Gallery, Daniel Faria Gallery, Parisian Laundry, Arsenal Contemporary, Galerie Nicolas Robert, Galerie Antoine Ertaskaren, Franz Kaka Gallery, and Aargauer Kunsthaus, among others. Her photographs of artwork have appeared in print in Artforum, Border Crossings Magazine, Canadian Art Magazine, C Magazine, Vogue Paris, and Chatelaine, among others. She has served on the juries for international residencies and scholarships.



If you have any questions about the connector series or individual workshops, please contact Hannah Keating at [email protected].


The RMG would like to acknowledge the RBC Foundation for their generous support of the Artist Professional Development Workshop Series.