Documenting your work is important. It provides you with an inventory of images to use for sales, reproductions, grants, residencies, grad schools, other applications that require portfolios, or competitions, as well as giving you a visual representation of the evolution of your practice. Whether you’re a visual artist or a designer, these guides will help you document your work.
Instead of reinventing the wheel, we’ve compiled some of the most comprehensive guides for documentation listed below. Since everyone learns in a different way, there is absolutely overlap between guides. We aimed to include different ways of learning as well as guides for different practices. We hope this will be a great list to double check documentation when you need a refresh.
We’ll keep this resource updated with vetted links as we come across them.
Basic guide for documenting two-dimensional work. Includes tips for those who do not have a white wall or interior space with even lighting.
Video guide for documenting two-dimensional work. Includes tips for editing.
Comprehensive guide to tools required for documentation. Bonus: includes video documentation of performance and how to prepare slides.
Basic guide for documenting media work and installations.
Basic guide for documenting artwork that include file organization.
Guide for documentation that includes two and three-dimensional work, installations and exhibitions. Great for visual artists and designers who create physical work or installations.
Guide to photographing print and product design work. Bonus: lots of images for inspiration.
Detailed guide for setting up a photoshoot for print design and products. Bonus: also great for anyone selling their work online, including ceramicists, jewelry artists, artist book authors, and more.