Artist Professional Development: Photographing Your Artwork, with Grant Waddell

Photographing your artwork is a necessity. So much time is invested in its creation that as artists, we owe it to ourselves, the galleries, and our collectors to photograph it properly. In this workshop, Artist and Photographer Grant Waddell will cover many important topics on how to best capture an image of your artwork. Topics that will be covered include: 

How to properly light your artwork with both natural and inexpensive studio lights. 

Which camera settings to use for the best results. 

How to use cross polarization to eliminate glare. 

The necessary equipment to get the most out of your work.  

How to take images of both flat artwork and three-dimensional work such as sculpture. 

How to edit images - including color correcting and cropping, as well as ways of cataloging images  

What formats to use when delivering your photos to potential clients.  

We’ll also play with smartphones and talk about how to get the best possible image from them when we need something quick. 


There will be time at the end of the workshop to experiment with taking your own pictures of your own artwork.  



 This workshop is suitable for emerging artists up to professional!


 In case of rain, activities will be performed inside the museum or one of the art studios of the Leighton Art Centre. 

Supplies:  All supplies are included in the workshop, but if you wish to experiment with taking pictures of artwork, please bring a piece of art and a DSLR camera (or a camera on which you can change the settings).  

Please bring a lunch, water bottle, and snacks for yourself.  

Registration:  Registration cost:  $85.00 & Eventbrite Fees* 

* or register by phone: 403-931-3633, Tues-Sun, 10 am – 4 pm to avoid Eventbrite fees 

Registration closes on Friday, September 14th, 2018 at 9 PM 


Did you know that Members of the Leighton Art Centre, get 10% off the registration cost of all workshops and kids’ summer camps? Visit our website to find out more about our memberships.  For our Cancellation and Refund Policy, please visit the Workshop page on our website. 

Artist / Instructor / Guide 

Grant Waddell is a professional photographer with over 28 years of experience in the advertising industry. He was a student at ACA (no D at the time) before moving to Vancouver to begin his career. He remained in Vancouver for fourteen years before moving back to Calgary, where he opened a successful studio and became an instructor at ACAD teaching advanced Photoshop to 3rd and 4th-year students. Best of all he started oil painting four years ago after a 28-year break and has seen a need for all artist to record their best work in a medium which has become both simple and very complex.