Documenting my artworks with high resolution photos
With my new studio nearing completion, I've finally gotten it to a place where I'm set up to document artworks.
I hired my friend and curator Eric Preisendanz to run the process. He brought his Sony ILCE-7 digital SLR, two Profoto B1 500 AirTTLs flash photography lights (rented from Ricky Yanas), and a black backdrop to prevent glare on the artworks.
The two flashes were positioned at 45 degree angles pointing at the artwork display, and the camera set on a tripod behind the backdrop. The flashes have sensitive brightness ranges, as well as various rotational adjustments that make it easy to make changes on the fly. They also have powerful batteries that last for hundreds of photos.
This set up allowed us to use a low ISO, small aperture and a relatively long exposure so that we could capture the highest quality image possible. In this situation, quality is a measure of image resolution and color accuracy, both of which are aided by a lot of light and stable camera on a tripod. I'll add that the camera tripod is on wheel castors and has a bunch of adjustment knobs that help get the image perfectly centered.
The camera is connected to a laptop via a USB cable. Using RAW photo editing software, all of the camera settings could be tweaked directly from the laptop. And we're treated to an instant preview once the photo is captured.
The final result captures a 18"x24" artwork at 3000x4000 pixels, which is approximately 166 DPI.
Yesterday we documented 36 of my artworks, many of which I'll be adding to my portfolio in the coming days. It's so exciting to have high quality digital images of my artwork and I can't wait to start sharing them!