…exploring the ins and outs of photography

Photographing My Art: A Workshop for Artists

The Photographing My Art workshop offers artists the essential knowledge and skill needed in order to take great photos of your artwork. Your works are high quality, so photographs of them should be, too. Whether you’re preparing an entry for a fine art competition, putting together a portfolio to impress galleries, agents, or dealers, or gathering images you want to use in publicizing your work, you want the best, right?

If the photo is too small or out of focus, or if there are problems with color, lighting or shadows, then you are not showing a true representation of your work.

Remember, this will often be the first sample of your work that people will see, and if the images aren’t good enough, it will more than likely be the last.

The workshop covers the most important camera settings, how to light and shoot different types of artwork, how to edit the images on a computer and format them for different uses. Bring your best camera, a small to medium-sized artwork and a computer with photo editing software to use for editing and resizing your image file.

Registration is closed. I am working on an online version of the course — if you want to be notified when it goes live, email carol@henrichsmedia.com to let me know to add you to the list!

What to Bring With You

  1. A camera. A DSLR is not necessarily required in order to produce high quality photographs but you should use the best camera you own or can borrow. While that smartphone you’ve held onto for a few years might create photos suitable for social media, those images are likely not the quality needed for an online portfolio or for submission to contests and galleries. I suggest a camera that, at a minimum,
    • allows you to change settings for the following:
      1. white balance
      2. ISO
      3. captured image size and quality
    • can be mounted on a tripod
    • allows you to turn off any on-camera flash
  2. Your camera user’s manual. If you do not have one, search the internet to find one. All cameras are different and while I will try to assist, you should have this reference at your disposal anyway.
  3. One small to medium-sized artwork. 2D works should not be larger than 24″ on the longest side and should not be framed or under glass. 3D works should be smaller than 12″ in height and width, and able to be displayed on a tabletop.
  4. Optional but strongly encouraged — a laptop computer with photo editing software installed and operational. If you use a desktop computer and do not have a laptop, you will still learn a lot about photo editing by watching the demonstrations. Make sure your can use your computer and the software without an internet connection.
    • I will demonstrate Adobe Lightroom Classic, Adobe Photoshop CC, and GIMP.
    • If you are looking for a photo editing application, then I recommend you consider a subscription to the Adobe Creative Cloud Photography plan for $9.99/month. Alternatively, Adobe Photoshop Elements is an inexpensive purchase option or you can download and install GIMP, an open source software that is free. Adobe does offer free trials for many of the applications. If you are unsure about a subscription or purchase, then the free trial may be the route to go during the workshop. Make sure you download and install the application before coming to the workshop.
    • I will try to bring an extra computer with Adobe software installed. Participants may share this laptop during the workshop.
  5. Food. Bring a lunch and any snacks or drinks you might want during the day. We will have coffee and water available for you.

The Venue

Brazos Watercolor Retreats is hosting the workshop. Located in an quiet, country-like area, the studio is a perfect setting for blocking out all distractions and allowing you to concentrate on you, your art, and learning new skills.

What’s Next?

Register to reserve your spot! Then, a few weeks prior to the workshop, look for an email from me, Carol Fox Henrichs. I will be asking you questions about your art, camera and computer to help us both be better prepared for the hands-on activities.


Our venue holds limited seating, and many of our workshops sell out. For this reason, we request that you cancel at least 2 days before your scheduled workshop. This will allow us to attempt to fill your spot with another participant. Cancellations received 2 or more days prior to the workshop date are eligible for a refund, less a $10 processing fee, or we will credit your payment toward another workshop. However, if you do not cancel with at least 2 days notice, you will lose any payments you have already made.

Want to know more about me and my work? Then, visit https://carolfoxhenrichs.com.

Still have questions? Email me. carol@henrichsmedia.com

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