Photographing Fine Art
Creating photographs of fine art for archival purposes – and doing it well – it an art onto itself. Here are the steps that I use to create images that can go onto an artist’s website or be delivered as high resolution, large format prints.
Have the Right Equipment
I use a high-megapixel professional Canon camera and lenses. I set 2 studio strobes with large soft boxes and grids at opposite sides of the artwork. I am careful to ensure that I am shooting 90 degrees to the artwork to eliminate distortion. And I only illuminate the artwork with light from the strobes to eliminate color casts from room lighting or the sun. I check color light temperature with white balance cards and use calibrated monitors when editing.
Use the Right Software
I use Capture One editing software which has one of the best raw editors on the market. (I shoot all my images in “Camera Raw.”) This yields the best image quality and color accuracy. I edit each photograph to eliminate background distractions and any distortion.
Delivering the Images
Photographs can be delivered as high-resolution JPEGS or TIFFs. They can also be delivered as large prints made on my Canon Pro 1000 printer or delivered as art cards.