Fine Art Photography in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dundee, St Andrews, Stirling,Perth, Kirkcaldy.

Having the highest quality photography of your art work is the most important part of producing a fine art print. If your digital image is not sharp or is too small then producing high quality prints is almost impossible. Poor quality digital images going into the printer equals poor quality prints coming out of it regardless of how good a quality the printer is.

It is essential to start with a large, sharp and therefore detailed file. This makes it possible to produce prints of fantastic quality.

There are two reasons to have your art work photographed. The main one is to produce fine art prints.

However, the other reason is to archive your paintings for possible future printing. Once you have sold a painting you are unlikely to have a chance to photograph it again and so missing the opportunity to sell prints of a successful and good painting.

I photograph from 300dpi to 360dpi to produce a digital file the same size as the original artwork. e.g. if a painting is 20" x 30" then the digital file size will be 300dpi to 360dpi at 20" x 30" without any interpolation.

A mistake artists often make is to think a 'good quality' digital camera would produce a file 'good enough' to use. You would very probably be disappointed with the printed results.

The images below show the difference between a professional 13 mega pixel camera (Canon 5D) with professional quality lens and our 40 mega pixel image. Note the improved detail and more accurate colours.

Photography Difference

Why Photograph Rather than Scan your Work?

Photography is far the best way to copy your original work. It produces much more accurate colours and finer detail, whereas scanning can blow out highlights making them look over white and have strange colour casts, this makes the end print look very different from the original. Scanning watercolours in particular is very demanding and almost impossible to get an accurate reproduction.

When I photograph your work the texture of the paint surface and paper is still retained giving the end print a much more authentic and realistic 3D look. You can almost feel the blob of paint coming out at you.

If possible the best time to photograph your painting is before you varnish it. Refer to FAQ's for more information.

If we have to remove your frame in order to photograph it, there is an additonal charge of £10 per painting. This will include the removal of the painting, cleaning of the glass and mount, re-attaching the painting to the mount with acid free tape, putting everything back together with a framers gun, re-taping the back of the picture and finally re-attaching the picture cord.

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