Photographing and videoing your art journal for teaching

We asked Jules for the way she photographs and videos her art journals as an artist and art teacher. She’s sharing all of this goodness for you… enjoy!

NB: I use my Samsung S7 for all photographs and video

Photos

Step 1 = create art on desk, this is usually a messy affair (!!) Sometimes I take images on my desk with all the stuff around, sometimes I make it look a bit neater but more often than not, I take my finished piece(s) with some tools to a white plain surface

Step 2 = I use the top of my chest of drawers as my neutral background. I arrange my finished page and some art supplies in a nice configuration for a flat lay photograph. I tend to use the elements that went into the page as props

Step 3 = I take a few photographs directly above the page

Step 4 = If this is an image just for instagram I edit it in afterlight (if I need to rotate the image to fit in instagram)

Step 5 = I upload the afterlight rotated image into instagram and use their edit tools to change the brightness, contrast, highlights and shadows. Sometimes I also use a filter at a low percentage over the top. My favourites are claredon (super white and bright) and lo-fi (great contrast)

For blog images, repeat the steps 1-3 first

Step 6= If this is an image for my blog, I will upload to photoshop. I have a google account so all images i take on my phone are automatically uploaded to google photos. No messing around with cables – yey!  

Step 7= In photoshop I upload the image(s) into an A4 page template. I like to put all my images as a layered stack on one document. This means I can apply adjustment filters to all layers rather than adjusting each image separately.

Step 8= save this layered version at this A4 size. You never know when you might need the original again!

Step 9= re-size to 840 px and save each layer individually as a jpeg. Now your images are a perfect size for blogs

Video

Step 1= Find a set up. I hate to admit how long it took me to figure out a good setup! I invested in this amazon tripod with adapter for smartphones and then tried out various layouts and configurations until I was happy with a setup. It can be frustrating and quite time consuming (for me anyways) but once you have it, you can use it every time.

Step 2= Light is your friend and foe! Try and find the best time of day for even daylight in your space. Trust me, it is not worth filming when the light is patchy, your art will become secondary to shadows. You can see how the light is not even on my desk in the above image, this is not an ideal time to take videos! Once you have figured out the light and your setup, you can film!

Step 3= Record your video! Don’t worry about talking or not, random noises or those moments when you are figuring out what to do or what medium to use next. You can edit it all out in the next step

Step 4= Export your video onto your computer. Unfortunately, google photo’s is pretty slow for this so I use a USB connected to my phone

Step 5= Open in Photoshop. Change your workspace to motion so you can edit your video. Editing in Photoshop is super easy once you learn how! I used these tutorials to learn the basics (1, 2)

Step 6= If your video requires voiceover, you can record on your phone (I use Samsung voice recorder). Play your edited video and speak whilst watching that, so everything syncs up. Again, don’t worry about pauses etc. You can edit this in the next step.

Step 7= use your USB to bring your voice note into your computer and open in your video file

Step 8= Edit your voiceover using the same techniques you did for your video

Step 9= Export!