Capturing Digital Images of your Work
You may use a digital camera or scanner to capture your images for your application portfolio.
Using a digital camera is the easiest way to create images of your pieces. Almost all digital cameras save the images in the required JPEG file format for uploading images to your portfolio application. One of the best ways to take the photo is with indirect sunlight, being careful to avoid glare. Also avoid confusing or textured backgrounds as much as possible.
You can use a scanner to create images of your work that fit on a scanner. Larger pieces are more easily captured with a camera as it is difficult to scan in several sections of the piece and then collage them together in an image editing program. You can also use the scanner to digitize prints or slides from a film camera. Be sure your scanner accurately captures color and produces sharp images. It is likely that a camera shop will digitize your prints more accurately than your scanner.
Size and Uploading your images
If you would like to manipulate your images in an image editing program like Adobe Photoshop, you can tightly control the cropping, focus and color of the image. These programs make it easy to crop the images to focus attention on your work and not borders or frames. If you are comfortable doing this, you can save time uploading images. Warning: be sure to save your images as high-quality JPEGs. Low quality JPEGs tend to look blurry with a loss of accurate color. For good image quality and fast upload, images should be sized no larger than 1280 x 1280 pixels @ 72 dpi. Video files must be kept under 20MB.
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