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Sunday, August 10, 2014

Professional Photography

"Boatyard" 10"x10" oil on canvas panel 
Photographed by Jay York, reduced to 72 ppi

"Boatyard" 10"x10" oil on canvas panel 
Photographed by me, reduced to 72 ppi

"Lobstah" 8"x8" oil on canvas panel
Photographed by Jay York, reduced to 72 ppi

"Lobstah" 8"x8" oil on canvas panel
Scanned, reduced to 72 ppi

"Lobstah" 8"x8" oil on canvas panel
Photographed by me, reduced to 72 ppi

In preparation for offering prints and cards of a few of my favorite paintings, I wondered how much better they'd look if I had the paintings professionally photographed. Jay York, in Portland, had been recommended, so I took four paintings to him. Above are the results for two of them. Note how much clearer the color is in those taken by Jay. I don't know if you can tell with all of them reduced to 72 ppi, but his are also much sharper. I've also included a scan in the case of "Lobstah", done on my home printer, with no adjustments made. What do you think? Was the ~$9 each worth it?

1 comment:

  1. It looks to me as if you could get the same results by using a photo editing software to increase both the saturation level and the contrast a wee bit. I can't tell about the actual sharpness from the 72 dpi. $9/ shot is pretty pricy, but if you are reproducing them for sale, I think it's worth it if you can't get the same results yourself. You can also "sharpen" your photos or scans using photoshop.

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