How To Take Amazing Photos For An Art Exhibition Or For Publicity

By Michael Schacht

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Photography, as an art, is extremely flexible as it can take a wide variety of forms. As a photographer, you only need a camera and you can be a street photographer, a travel photographer, or even a sports photographer – it all depends on your preference. If you also want to show off your work as an artist, however, an art exhibition might be the perfect way to showcase your art. Thing is, getting people to attend your exhibition might not be the easiest thing to do. If you have a penchant for photography, however, then here’s a few steps on how to take amazing photos for an art exhibition for publicity.

Perhaps the cool thing about these tips is that you don’t even need to make the art exhibition yourself. If you know other artist friends, or if you want to have a photography gig, then perhaps publicizing art exhibitions can be something that can test your photography skills. If you’re up for a challenge, then this article is for you.

Remember however that these tips aren’t the only tips for you to use in taking photos for art exhibitions. Photography as a medium is flexible, and you are free to mix and match these tips with your personal style. If you’re ready to do some experimenting, then these tips might be for you.

Be Prepared: Tools and Research Help

Before you get on with your photography, make sure you do adequate preparation for the kinds of pictures you want to take. According to National Geographic, this means it’s not a bad idea to take your time and be  familiarized with elements of the exhibit you need to take pictures of, and the kind of presentation you need.

  • Assess what you need for publicity material and work your way from there. If you plan on releasing posters or videos, what sort of shots do you need? What angles do you need to take? Make a personal shot list and assess if it’s possible to accomplish these with the tools you have.
  • Likewise, assess the tools you have and check if they correspond to the kind of shots you need, and if you can bring them to the venue safely. It’s better to do this now than to panic when you actually have to take the shots. If you don’t think you have enough lenses or the right camera, consider a rental service.


Digital Photography is dynamic and it can take on numerous forms. In the case of the above, it’s highly capable of being the right tool to publicise an art exhibition. Always remember to study the pieces to be featured well, get a sense of the venue, and get yourself only the kind of equipment you’ll be using for this particular event. Remember, we can’t push all of our tools (e.g., lenses) towards a specific subject, as there really are specific methods and tools tailored for these specific situations.

publicising an art exhibition is not the easiest thing to do, especially if you’re in charge of taking photographs that appeal to the public. If the above has told us anything, it’s that the steps to take amazing photos for an art exhibition for publicity isn’t just about having a camera, it’s about knowing what to do with it as well. If you study the exhibition pieces enough, you might find a way to take alluring photographs that would surely be helpful to the entire publicity of the exhibit.