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Art Reproduction Photography Service

For Collectors, Galleries, Museums, and Auction Houses

Art reproduction photography with the ColorChecker - our art reproduction service

Art reproduction photography services for galleries, museums, private collectors, and auction houses are offered by Nesbitt. It’s an exacting process which can be done either in the studio here or at your location.  We’re very familiar with significant works and the top end of the market so be assured we will know how to approach your art work reproduction needs. With care and precision Nesbitt has photographed some of the world’s most valuable art works. You wouldn’t necessarily know this because Nesbitt and his staff understand and operate with complete confidentiality. This complicates our marketing the art reproduction photography and therefore you will see very few images on this page.

Please contact us through the contact form and we would be delighted to provide you with more details, discuss your project, and offer an estimate.

Photographing fine art paintings and drawings

Fine art reproduction photography of paintings and artworks can be done in our studio or by traveling to your location. Shooting on location makes it possible to work in residences, galleries, storage facilities, and museums. Really shooting can be done anywhere there is room to setup and control lighting. Nesbitt shoots with a strobe flash lighting system because it overpowers existing lighting and subjects the art to just a few 100ths of a second of light. This is by far the least light intensive and most color accurate method. A series of color accurate reference cards are photographed with the art in order to form a basis for a rigorous color management process. Challenges of texture, glare, glass, sheen, frame shadow and existing light are all managable using polarized light and smart lighting strategies.

Large Format fine art printing

Printing fine art reproductions is also part of our service. We can match your original art’s look with high-quality, color accurate photographic prints from our 5 large format printers on a variety of media like canvas and archival watercolor papers. Our art reproduction service also includes sophisticated technical options like flat-bed printing, very large sizes, and prints on canvases or panel materials nearly identical to the original. Let us know what you are thinking of and we can help guide you through the options.

Ultra high resolution “Gigapixel” shooting

Nesbitt has devised a system for art reproduction photography of extremely large works by using a sophisticated combination of software and specialized camera mounts. This system can produce images of 10 ft. x 10 ft. art works at 250dpi , this is high enough to print precise reproductions at actual size. It is so high in resolution that the effective image size in the range of 400 Megapixels this is an uncommon capability often referred to as “Gigapixel” and a rare solution for large artwork reproductions. Let us know if you require further details or have specific technical requirements.

On location art reproduction photography

Shooting on location $1800/day. Depending on size and location 6 to 8 pieces can usually be shot in a day.

Finished image require post production computer work which includes complex photoshop, image manipulations and accurate color adjustments. This is billed separately at $150/hr.

Travel and production expenses are easily quoted, just let us know your situation.  Nesbitt owns all the necessary equipment which generally avoids the expense and logistics of gear rental.

Nesbitt has shot significant and large scale works all over the US and world.  Call the studio at 401-847-4255 or use the contact form.

We provide accurate, firm quotes for the number, size, and location of your art work so you can be confident in your budget no matter what the project.

Art reproduction service - Photography of paintings
A Cézanne being photographed with the color reference card on it’s way to a private sale from it’s place on view in a public institution

In studio fine art reproduction photography

$200 : in-studio repro shoot with non-critical color, up to 2 pieces

$300 : in-studio repro shoot with color corrections, up to 2 pieces

(including  post-production computer work)

If you are in our area give us a call or just bring by your artwork and we can give you a precise idea of what we can do for you

For more demanding works the finished image computer work in photoshop is billed separately at $150/hr. This includes image manipulations, photo restoration, and accurate color adjustments. Usually the post production takes about the same amount of time as the shooting.

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