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Workshop: How to Photograph Your Work with Chris Bowes

What to Expect

Translating the magic of an artwork or exhibition into documentation isn’t an easy task. Led by professional artwork photographer and educator Chris Bowes, you’ll cover the techniques of capturing an artwork in its best light for use in catalogues, funding applications or websites, as well as how to photograph art in an exhibition context—all using your smartphone.

This workshop is suitable for beginners and has a capacity of 10 participants.

What to Bring

  • A smartphone with the free Adobe Lightroom Mobile app installed.
  • Your phone’s charger.
  • An artwork you’d like to photograph.
  • Water and a snack.


Learning Outcomes

At the end of this workshop, students will understand:

  • The principles of artwork documentation.
  • How to set up a 2D or 3D artwork for documentation.
  • How to compose engaging exhibition documentation images.
  • How to achieve even illumination.
  • Digital workflow for accurate images.
  • Understanding your equipment and maximising quality.
  • How to achieve accurate colours.
  • How to use Adobe Lightroom Mobile to capture and edit images.


About Your Teacher

Chris Bowes is a photographer, artist and educator based in Naarm (Melbourne). His art incorporates elements of photography, video and installation, exploring the material properties of image-based systems by dissecting and manipulating them in unusual ways. Outside of his arts practice, Chris works as a lecturer in the photography department at RMIT University, and runs his own photography studio, gallery and educational space called Kindred Cameras. The aim of Kindred Cameras is to provide an affordable space for image makers to create and share their work, and teach the wider public about the magic of photography and video.

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