Making a precision copy of your work for reproduction is essential if you want to display your artwork to its best advantage. That’s why you should hire a professional to photograph your work rather than do it yourself. My Fine Art Digital Capture service is for the artist who needs the very best in fine art reproduction of their flat artwork (limited 3D services are also available, based on size). I create a high-resolution digital capture of your original artwork using state of the art techniques and equipment. Results include high-resolution, precise focus, and color accuracy. I also provide a match proof on your choice of print media and a jpeg file that you can use on your website. The benefits of using my service are explained below:
Symmetrical Geometry – Distortion of the image plane, also known as perspective distortion, occurs when camera and subject are not properly aligned. Your artwork is held in place by a special easel that is adjusted, using a spirit level, to be perfectly vertical. The camera is then adjusted so that its focal plane is absolutely parallel to the artwork. Measurements are made to ensure that the lens is pointed exactly at the center of your work, thereby reducing distortion.
Accurate Color Reproduction – It is important that the colors of your artwork are accurately reproduced. I use an x-rite ColorChecker chart to calibrate my camera before image capture to eliminate color anomalies. The correct color balance is further achieved by using an ExpoDisc® 2.0 Professional White Balance filter.
Precise Exposure – Uniform lighting is extremely important in making sure all areas of your work are properly exposed. Large artwork requires a different lighting setup than smaller works. The proper number and placement of lights is used based on the size of your work. All areas of your image are checked with a Sekonic L-478DR LightMaster Pro incident light meter to ensure even illumination and to set the correct exposure. The difference in illumination over the entire surface of the artwork will not exceed ± 1/3rd of an f-stop.
Pinpoint Focus – Nothing is worse than an image that is out of focus, especially when you are making enlargements. I use a high-quality moderate telephoto lens with a fixed focal length in order to eliminate the optical anomalies associated with zoom lenses. Using a moderate telephoto lens helps reduce the amount of spherical distortion introduced when photographing a flat surface with a curved lens. The aperture of the lens is set at its “sweet spot” to ensure the best possible focus. Focus is verified by viewing the image at 100% enlargement on a profiled monitor at the time the image is captured.
Elimination of Photographic Aberrations – Even the best lenses, built to the highest optical standards, have aberrations such as vignetting (corners that are darker than the center), spherical distortion (pin-cushioning or barreling), and chromatic distortion (color fringing). These aberrations are removed in post-processing using professionally created lens profiles specifically designed for this purpose.
Expert Retouching – Every digital photograph requires some retouching after the image is captured by a digital camera – such as, input sharpening and noise reduction. Your image will be professionally retouched, as necessary, to achieve optimum quality.
High-resolution 16-bit Files – The files you receive will contain the maximum amount of color and exposure information possible. High-resolution files require less resampling when you make enlargements, which means less artifacts. Your artwork is photographed in a raw format using a professional high-resolution (36 megapixel) digital SLR camera. You will receive two 16-bit Adobe RGB files on a CD-ROM: one in TIFF format and one in Adobe DNG format; and, a jpeg file optimized for use on your website. You will also receive a letter size archival digital pigment (giclée) print of your artwork on the paper of your choice (glossy, luster, matte, metallic, or canvas).