Why Photograph
​For archive
For the best image
For Documentation 
For Promotion and Publications

How To's
Shoot before it is framed or matted
Save the largest image possible
Experiment with the flash—you often don't need it
Fill the camera frame with your photo
Shoot and reshoot until you get your best shot
 

Sending Images to GAL
Transfer it to your computer
Leave the file size alone
Rename it with your name and title of work
Email by the 2nd of the month

Photographing Your Work

Why it is important to Photograph and send in Photos of your work at Changeover

1. Your own photo is your record of not only what you submitted this month, but documents your original work.
2. Your own photo taken before framing is the best and most authentic image of your work. (Note: Shooting through glass & plexiglass can distort your image.)
3. Should anything happen to your work you have an official image of your work as proof & documentation.
4. Should anyone want to purchase another one you can easily see what it looked like.
5. GAL has the proper image & size for publications.
6. GAL has images of your work posted on the GAL website for every show they are in. That means you can send folks to the site by word of mouth, in e-Mails or by including a link on your website to GAL's site. It is an opportunity to boost not only your business, but help GAL out, as well.Note: GAL's photographers are not always able to shoot the show right when hanging is complete. That means that if something sells right away, it will not get photographed with the show. A good reason to send in photos of your work at changeover.

How to Photograph your Work

1. Photographers can send in their original file, but all other work should be shot before they are framed. See below for naming the file for proper identification.
2. Shoot the image in the largest jpeg possible. If using a camera phone or a digital camera, the resulting jpg should be easy to email, large enough for publications and suitable for web downsizing or optimization.
3. It is recommended that you turn off your flash when shooting works on canvas as the flash tends to highlight the threads of the canvas more than the image. [Check your camera manual to see how to turn off the flash. Most of the new cameras have some kind of option button with images representing On (flash is always going to go off), Off (no flash) and Auto (depending on the lighting the camera decides if it needs to throw light on your image.)]
4. Fill the frame of the camera as best you can with the image. If you have an odd size or oversize piece, step back a little further to get the entire work int he frame.
5. Check the image in the camera after you take it. Look for reflections, dark spots, hair blown across it, etc. If it looks off or blurry, reshoot it. Be sure to take a deep breath and hold still when you shoot the photo. In some cases you may need to step back a bit further.

How to send the image to GAL

1. Before sending the image, you will first need to edit the file name so it clearly identifies the work as your own and the name of the piece. To do this you will need to load the images you shot onto your PC or MAC. Start by creating a special folder on you PC/MAC for your art work files.
2. Hook up your camera to your PC/MAC with the cable that came with your camera. If you cannot find it some electronic stores sell devices that you slide in your SD card (or other storage cards.) Some computers actually have slot for slipping in the storage card. Cell phones use the transfer from the phone (save in original size) or e-Mail it yourself in the original size (not Large, Medium or Small.)
3. Once you have your storage card in place, open the file for that card and find your files.  
4. Highlight all your files and click "Copy" to copy them.
5. Go to your new folder created for storing images of your work and open it up.  
6. Click inside the new folder then click Paste to put the images in the folder.
7. Close the storage card file so nothing happens to the original images you took. Click eject to safely remove the storage card.
8. In your new storage folder for your work click on the first image you shot. Find the option in your tool bar to "Edit" the file.
9. Leave the file size alone. The original size is the best and you want it as big as possible.
10. Your image will be displayed with letters & numbers followed by ".jpg".  
You are going to change the wording to the left of ".jpg" to "Firstname lastname title of work.jpg".  
So it should look like "Fontaine Jacobs White Rose.jpg", "Nancy House My First Husband.jpg", etc.
11. It is best to send in your images at changeover. We make every attempt to post Images on the website by the 2nd of the month.
12. Email images to Fontaine. To prevent spam call 832-474-2882 to get Fontaine's email.