As we’ve been packing up the study I’ve been finding boxes and folders of the big kids’ art that I’ve saved. I guess I thought that one day I’d do something with the piles of paintings and drawings and collages. The reality is that we don’t have the space to store all this art properly and some of it is deteriorating quite fast. Some of the paintings from preschool four years ago are already discolored and brittle – butchers paper just doesn’t last.
We have framed a few precious pieces of art and have them hanging around our home, but the rest of the pile needed to be dealt with. So I got out my camera and started taking photos of each piece. Along the way I learnt a few things about photographing kid’s art.
- Find somewhere with as much natural light as possible and use your flash as well (preferably diffused – you could try this nifty DIY trick of you have a DSLR with a fixed flash).
- You need to be directly above the art work to get the best shot. Stand on a chair or a table, or even better on a ladder. Or use blue tack to stick the art to a clean, clear wall.
- Try to flatten out as many of the folds and creases as possible.
- Don’t worry too much if there are ripped or missing bits around the edges, a lot of preschool art is not a ‘recognisable object’ so if you have to crop out problem areas you will still have a good representation.
- Light balance your images in your photo editing software to make sure your whites are strong and clear, it makes the rest of the image ‘pop’.
- Save your edited image files in .png or .psd format using as large a size and as high resolution as you can – you can always shrink images without loosing quality but you can’t make them bigger.
- Save several copies of your images so you always have a back up, it’s probably worth looking at buying online backup space for these precious works of art as well as for our other photos too.
So what am I going to do with all these photos?
Well I am not sure yet, perhaps I’ll make each of them a photo book full of their art for Christmas, or perhaps I will print mini version of each work of art and frame them in one big display, like this one from Jen at A Thousand Words. But whatever I decide to do with them, at least I know the art is safe now, and I can happily chuck out all the boxes and folders!
What do you do with all your kids’ art?
Oops! I almost forgot… you can also find me posting about friendship at Childhood101 today : No One Will Play With Me – Helping Your Child Make Friends