ARTWORK

PHOTOGRAPHY

The most important part of reproducing artwork is the initial capture. Using our specialist equipment and photography knowledge we capture the subtle hues and fine details of your images in our photo studio.

Not only will these images be saved at a high resolution for accurate printing but we can also provide a suitable lower resolution for use on your website or social media.

If required we can arrange on location photography for galleries, exhibitions and large collections. Please contact us to discuss.

We can photograph all types of artwork including 3D:

  • Acrylic

  • Oils

  • Drawings

  • Watercolour

  • Varnished paintings

  • Sculpture

  • Multi media

 

Artwork needs to be delivered to our studio, either in person or by courier, and be left with us for several days so that we can colour match the image.

We recommend submitting your artwork unframed to capture a cleaner image - however we can remove reflections caused by the glass if this is not possible.

Once the image has been processed we will contact you for feedback regarding the colour and make any necessary adjustments. This would normally be a face to face meeting but under current circumstances we will send you a photo of the proof next to your original so that you can comment on any adjustments you feel need to be made. 

Oil painting
Oil painting

Pen and Ink drawing
Pen and Ink drawing

Acrylic painting
Acrylic painting

Oil painting
Oil painting

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If you need us to photograph your artwork simply contact us letting us know how many artworks you want us to capture and then we will arrange a time for you to drop them off at our studio. If preferred you can send the artwork by courier but just let us know to expect it.

PHOTOGRAPHING
YOUR OWN
ARTWORK

Smartphones are getting better at taking photos but we would recommend using a digital camera. Whether using a camera or a smartphone bear in mind the following;

Watercolour painting of a crab
  • Lighting - the colours look off, or too dark, the image is slightly blurry or distorted. The best way of lighting is to have two lights of equal output and positioned at 45 degrees on either side of the artwork.If you do not have suitable artificial light photograph in natural daylight either outside or (especially with our weather!) in a bright room with big windows and light, neutral coloured walls.

 

  • Distortion - can make the sides of the painting look curved. With a camera try to use a 50mm lens, if you use a lower number, like 35mm, the wide angle will distort the image outwards. This is the biggest problem with phone cameras as they have wide angle lenses. Make sure you are not too close to the artwork (you may lose detail though).

 

  • Perspective – Distorts the image. Make sure the angle of your camera matches the angle of the painting. If hanging from a wire you may need to insert spacers behind the corners to ensure the artwork hangs parallel to the wall.

 

  • Blurring – Use a tripod as a slower shutter speed will show up the slightest shake. Use a remote control or self-timer to eliminate all camera movement. Make sure the camera lens is positioned at the centre of the artwork and that they are parallel with each other.

 

  • Glare – make sure the flash isn’t reflected back, an issue when photographing a painting with a glossy or semi-gloss surface i.e acrylics, framed artwork.

 

  • Colour – Shooting against bright coloured walls can skew the colour balance – you are better shooting your art against a neutral background. The camera doesn’t see colour the way we do and can cause an image to have a blue or orange cast if it hasn’t adjusted to the light in the room. Adjust the white balance (there are Smartphone apps available to do this when taking the photo or post-processing). Use a grey card in one of the photos to assist clean up any colour cast in your image editor.

Watercolour painting of a lobster