NEW! Photographing Your Art



8 Nov 2020

Tutor - Martin Edwards

Sunday 8 November 2020, 11am - 4pm

Having good quality photographs of your artwork can help greatly with things like entering exhibitions, funding applications, publication in print or presenting an online portfolio. This workshop is aimed at artists who would like to produce good quality and accurate images of their work for purposes such as these. It is a practical workshop in which you will learn the essentials of lighting and camera settings needed to do this, and take photographs of your own artwork, whether 2D or 3D. You will be working in small groups for this and act as ‘photographic assistants’ for each other as well as photographing your own work. We will use available light and cheap, readily obtainable accessories rather than expensive specialised equipment. We will also have a brief look at cropping and resizing the photographs for various uses.

If you would like to be added to a waiting list for this class, please email

Before booking we ask everyone please read our Safety Precautions that are linked here and our updated Terms and Conditions below.  


You will need to bring a camera; you don’t need any particular kind, but phones have limited settings available and are not readily fixed to a tripod, so wouldn’t be suitable. Martin is has a couple of cameras that could be borrowed if you can supply a memory card - but it is essential that you contact us at or call 0117 906 7606, if you would like to do this.

Tripods to share will be provided, but do bring your own if you have one.

You should bring a spare battery (or a newly charged one if you don’t have a spare), and a printed or electronic manual if possible, as the menu settings do vary between brands and models.

Most importantly, bring a couple of pieces of your own artwork to photograph, 2D or 3D.

Ideally these will be fairly small and readily portable, a maquette would be fine if a finished piece would be too bulky or heavy - the principles are the same.

If your work is framed, it is important to remove any glazing prior to bringing it; photographing glazed work requires more specialised equipment and lighting.





Participants must be 16 or over.

All students are required to wear a facemask. Those who have an age, health or disability reason to not wear a face covering please email before your class. Please read through our full safety precautions here.

If eligible, discounts must be applied when first purchasing your class and cannot be given retrospectively. Please contact us if the discount code is not working.


All basic materials provided for this workshop (heavier weight papers available at cost price). Please bring an apron or wear clothes suitable for an art studio. You may wish to bring in something to take work home.

If you have a disability, learning difficulty or mental health issue which you feel may affect your participation in your chosen class, please either email or call 0117 906 7606, prior to booking, so we are aware of any needs you may have. If you need to bring a Carer or Support Worker with you to the class, please inform us when enrolling so we can make arrangements. The RWA has disabled access through its main entrance and level access to the cafe and shop on the Ground Floor. There is lift access to the Main Galleries on the First Floor as well as access to the Long Gallery and accessible toilet on the Lower Ground Floor. If you require the use of the Accessible Parking space please contact front desk on: 0117 973 5129.

Refund and Cancellation Policy: We will no longer be giving any cash refunds. If we are unable to hold a course or workshop in the drawing school as a result of an external factor outside of our control, such as a new lockdown, we will endeavour to provide an online version or similar by the Tutor and will not provide an alternative or refund.  In the case that you have COVID-19 symptoms, you would not be able to attend the class, we can offer an RWA gift voucher. If we cancel a course or workshop for another reason, such as tutor sickness, then participants will be offered a different date, course/workshop or RWA gift voucher.


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