I think some things come easy to some people - I am computer and camera challenged. I have read the helpful material here several times, watched Mark's videos of how to photograph your paintings many, many times - I have spent endless hours reading and watching youtube videos - I was even silly enough to sign up for a "class" that was 3 days of step by step how to set my specific camera - it's a DSLR RAW taking ISO loving Aperture preference and light balance challenged genius piece of equipment ---------------- WAY complicated for my simple mind.
I think I got the settings off so much by playing around with it that it should have been thrown away or burned. I was ready to call it quits - seriously. I'd just pay someone to photograph a painting of mine if I needed one for some reason - in the meantime, that left me alone with being able to see the true colors and posting "photographs" of my paintings online were subpar.
My husband heard me whining and calling it quits (I even asked him to buy me the new iPhone because it has an excellent camera - P.S. he bought me the nice camera I have now so that did not go over well)……….. it's not the equipment, it is me.
An example of the frustration - I set the ISO to a certain ratio but when I took the photos, the camera would over-ride my settings --------- I had to read about why and come to find out about 3 other preset functions make it impossible to set ISO unless they are disabled...……… i'm not kidding, it took me a day and a half to figure out how to stop the camera from correcting my ISO setting...…………..
So, for people who have a chip missing like me, I get the frustration. I have made a breakthrough in the past two days with some excellent mentoring. Here are more accurate photos of my paintings:
The reason this is so important is that if I'm posting bad photographs of my paintings and asking for critiques, it can lead to poor choices.
Some of these are still not perfect representations but boy, are they much closer than anything I have been able to capture previously. I'm glad I stuck it out and hope to have better final photographs of my paintings in the future.
If you're struggling like me, hang in there!!! So many helpful people will help guide you.