Friday, February 23, 2007


Pomegranate, 8 x 10, oil on panel. Say, if anyone knows how to scan an image without that glare you see here, please email me and let me know! The color reproduction is great on the scanner, but the glare is bad.

1 comment:

Thomas K Conway said...

Glare on a painting is always an issue. I always photograph, never scan my paintings because of that horrible glare from the scanner.

So, I can't offer you any scanner solutions, but I can say this-
When you're lighting your painting for a photograph, if you produce contradictory angles, you aren't supposed to have any glare. I read that in a book somewhere.
Meaning, if you light it from the right, and the left, at the same (but opposite) angles, they should cancel out eachothers' glares.

This has worked for me some, but I find that it's more trouble than its worth trying to light things artificially.
What I do most often is take my paintings outside in indirect sunlight and this tends to work pretty well. The key here is indirect sunlight, and remembering that if you don't have anything brightly lit in front of your painting, you shouldn't have any bright reflections (which is why you end up with a glare from your scanner, with the moving scanner bulb lighting everything directly).