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Photographing SoFlat Matte- Why the Camera Loves These Colors

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  1. No doubt I’m only half understanding this post. Does this mean that when photographing glossy paintings, the photo lights should not necessarily be set at a 45 degree angle to the artwork? (Forty-five degrees being the usual advice.) Thanks!

    • Hello Cynthia,

      when photographing glossy artwork, it is helpful to experiment with the direction and angle of lights. 45 degree angle is a good place to start, but might create some reflections or glare. It sometimes also helps to paint the lights away from the painting towards the ceiling, so that only indirectl light hits the paintings surface.

  2. as a qualified master photographer your on the right track with matt surfaces to get the best results use natural diffused light for the best results like I used to prefer for photograpying weddings natural pastel even light always produces excellent results kind regards Steve

    • You can use the GOLDEN Super Matte Medium to mix with your Fluid or Heavy Body paints in order to decrese the sheen, but it will not provide the same mattness as the SoFlat Matte colors. Alternatively, you can finish your painting in Fluid and/or Heavy Body paints, apply an Isolation Coat and finish with a layer or two of Matte MSA or Archival Varnish. Check out our varnishing resourcs for instructional videos & product use instructions: https://www.goldenpaints.com/technicalinfo/technicalinfo_varnishresources


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