I spent most of last week taking pictures of completed paintings and now I know for sure that photography is my nemesis and I have the bruises to prove it.
Generally speaking, I enjoy everything about art. Except photography. I do not like photography. I dread photographing my artwork. It is a significant mental block. My mind goes blank whenever the word aperture is mentioned. So many settings. The lighting. The tripods. The big umbrellas. Should I use white ones or black ones, round or box shaped? IDK. The minefield of tripods and cords to trip over crammed into my basement studio. That little shutter thing that I forget to turn off and then I have to hunt for one of those flat round batteries to fix it. There is white balance, f stops, And the editing. Photoshop? Snapseed? Camera distortion? Brightness? Its confusing.
When I just can't face the lighting set up, I take the painting outside and photograph it on my driveway. I have to crouch down to get the shot before the wind (there is always WIND) blows it face down. I’m sure this is entertaining for the neighbors. Its not only hilarious, it is also dangerous (for me it seems). I got hit on the head with a big metal level this week, it fell off the top of the painting as I was trying to straighten it for the shot.
I don't know why I have difficulty with photography. It seems to go all the way back to school. I know for sure that it’s not the camera. I have tried them all. It’s me. I keep telling myself that I will conquer this nemesis and learn how to take excellent photos. And today, as I cleaned paint off the cords for the light stands (I really don't know how that happened) and put away the tripod, I remembered to turn that shutter thing off! And that is progress!